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Music Production & Audio Engineering Diploma

Become a pro music producer and audio engineer

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Overview

Step into the music industry with Point Blank’s Music Production & Audio Engineering Diploma. This course will supply you with all the skills you need to begin a career in many fields of the music industry including music producer, recording engineer, film/TV composer, sound editor, music arranger, artist/performer, studio manager, A&R/label manager, and many more.

For our accelerated 9-month course, click Enroll Now and choose the more rigorous "Intensive Format" in Step 1.


Throughout this diploma program you'll learn the essential components of what it takes to create high quality, professional tracks in our state-of-the-art studios. You'll study audio engineering, sound design, composition for film and TV, vocal production, remixing, and advanced mixing and mastering on our 32-channel SSL Origin console. You’ll also receive a copy of the Ableton Live Suite ($749 value) or Apple Logic Pro X ($199 value) software and take part in studio mentoring sessions with A&R Director Kwame Kwaten, who has 33 years’ experience in the music industry working with the likes of Jay-Z, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, and Seal. Here at Point Blank we make it our priority to connect you to the music industry and engage our students with free masterclasses, events, and networking opportunities. 

Space is limited to 16 students per class, so Enroll Now to guarantee your place!

Point Blank offers exclusive features and partner discounts to students in our LA School. Call a college Admissions Advisor now at (323) 594-8740 or Contact Us to get started!

Find out more about legendary PBLA instructor Sweatson Klank

Find out what our students have to say about studying at Point Blank

Track breakdown of 'Feel the Love' with Rudimental

Point Blank instructor Ski Oakenfull remakes God's Plan by Drake using Ableton Live 10

Key Info

Duration 1 Year or 9 Months
Available start dates 2022 2023
  • October 3 (Limited availability)
  • January 9 (Limited availability)
  • April 10
  • July 10
  • October 2
Weekly timetable 3 or 4 classes per week. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend sessions available. Contact us for details.
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Courses

Expert Instructors

Sweatson Klank Music Production

Flying Lotus remixer and Project Mooncircle stalwart Tom Wilson passes his knowledge on to you as a frontline member of Point Blank LA. Watch the video above to find out more about him.

Mecha Music Production & DJing

An Ableton Certified Trainer and Pioneer DJ Battle Championship winner, Mikhail Arce-Ignacio (Mecha) is a versatile producer, engineer, music director, DJ and live electronic performer.

David Harrow Music Production & Sound Design

Starting out in the '80's, Dave's incredible adventures include Psychic TV, Anne Clark, ONU Sound System, Andy Weatherall, Lee Scratch Perry, Billy Ray Martin, with countless albums and live projects.

Arabian Prince Music Business

A founding member of world famous rap group N.W.A, Arabian Prince has written, rapped on, and produced some of the most influential tracks in the history of hip hop in an industry career spanning almost four decades.

Sameer Sengupta Mixing & Mastering

Sameer is an electronic music producer, mixer & mastering engineer who has worked with The Crystal Method, Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, Sting, and more on labels including EMI, Atlantic, Universal, and Defected.

Markman Composition & Mixing

DJ Markman incorporates classic 90s House with futuristic R&B, UK Garage & Bassline. Ableton Certified, his live sets pay homage to the energy that made his heroes sets, artists like Adamski, Orbital and the Chems, so compelling.

Career Opportunities

  • Music Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Music Arranger
  • Film/TV Music Composer
  • Remixer
  • Artist/Performer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Studio Manager
  • A&R/Label Manager

I am so grateful to Point Blank for everything I learned! I started as a complete beginner, with no skills at all. Now I know how to build my own tracks from the ground up, make them sound great, mix them down and release them. The instructors are so knowledgeable and love to share their skills, and the staff always makes sure we have everything we need. Coming to Point Blank was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone. - Anna, Music Production & Sound Design graduate

Alumni

Bryan Dotel

Recently nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, Tropical Reggaeton producer Bryan Dotel has had great success after graduating from PBLA, including amassing more than a million views on YouTube.

Cathleen Cher

Cathleen has been dancing all her life & already accomplished a bunch of amazing things while studying at PB. She toured with Kanye West as part of his creative team and is a DJ and classically trained pianist.

Travis Holcombe

PBLA Certificate student Travis is a KCRW DJ spinning lost un-classics, playful electronics, spine-snapping breaks and a quirky selection of mind-melting grooves by the pound. Served fresh weekly.

Gina Cat

PBLA graduate Gina holds residencies in top California night clubs, tours internationally & plays festivals around the world from Rhythm & Vines in New Zealand, to Soundwave Canada & Burning Man.

Kamel Omais

Kamel aka Dead-Tones is Guy Gerber’s protege, personal assistant and tour manager. Over Summer he is based in Ibiza as Rumours' main resident, and has releases on labels including Kindisch, Motek, Dialtones Records.

Nicole Moudaber

Studied DJing at PB. Carl Cox: “I've been following her for years. She's amazing.” Residencies in Ibiza, Ministry & releases on VIVa Music & Plastic City show Nicole’s doing things her way.

Loren Granic

Co-founder of 'A Club Called Rhonda', has organized parties in LA & beyond for the past 8 years. Known for its stylish crowd and underground vibe, Rhonda hosts up-and-coming DJs and artists alike.

Tuition

Fees
$250 reg fee + $4,995 per term
$250 reg fee + $1,745 per month
The fees shown above are for the Regular Format (12 months). Monthly installment plans include a nominal fee. For the Intensive Format (9 months) fees and further details, see the enrollment process.

Included with PROGRAM

Students in this program receive software included with tuition and enjoy exclusive discounts including but not limited to:

  • Ableton Live 11 Suite worth $749 or Apple Logic Pro X worth $200
  • Native Instruments Komplete 14 worth $599
  • Discount on Pioneer DJ equipment
  • 70% off Eventide Plugins
  • 40% off Serato DJ
  • 40% off Ableton Push 2 Controller
  • 55% off Roland Cloud Ultimate

Scholarships & Grants

Point Blank is committed to making music education accessible to people of all backgrounds. To uphold this commitment, we are delighted to offer our students ample opportunities for financial support. These include scholarships that aim to nurture talent as well as grants which provide increased access to our courses for those in under-represented groups.

View the full range of opportunities by accessing our dedicated Scholarships & Financial Support page linked below:

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FAQs

What equipment do I need to buy to take the course?

None at all! Every Point Blank student has access to their own fully-equipped workstation in class and during their practical studio work outside of class time. If you decide to purchase equipment for your own home studio, we will be happy to help you arrange student discounts from our leading industry partners including Apple, Ableton, Pioneer, Native Instruments, Serato, Izotope, Waves, and more.

When are the classes scheduled?

For each 10-week course, class meets once per week for 4 hours (with a 15-minute break included) at one of the following session times:

10:00am – 2:00pm (Morning Session)

2:30pm – 6:30pm (Afternoon Session)

7:00pm – 11:00pm (Evening Session)

Some programs contain up to 4 courses per quarter, so check the "Key Info" section on each program page to see how many classes you'll be attending each week. Classes are scheduled before the start of each quarter; call 323.594.8740 for the most up-to-date information on scheduling and class availability. Our facilities are also open for student use from 9:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, giving you valuable studio time to make your music and reinforce your new skills outside of class sessions.

Do you provide housing accommodations?

Point Blank has partnered with Upstart Housing to provide our students with inexpensive and conveniently-located housing options in Silver Lake, Echo Park, East Hollywood, and more. Most of our housing locations include built-in recording studio spaces. There are many other options for student housing accommodations near Point Blank LA; please visit our Student Accommodation page for more info.

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