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CertHE Music Production & DJ Practice

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Find out about our London School, the courses we offer and how we can help you follow your passions, make better music and build the industry career you want. The event will include a free track deconstruction masterclass.

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Key Info

Duration 9 Month
Available start dates
  • 11 January 2021 (Limited availability)
  • 12 April 2021 (Limited availability)
  • 12 July 2021
  • 4 October 2021 (Limited availability)
  • 10 January 2022 (Limited availability)
  • 11 April 2022
  • 3 October 2022
Weekly timetable 2 classes per week. Please contact us for details.
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Overview

This CertHE is the first year of BA (Hons) Music Production & DJ Practice. It is for people who live for music and DJing. Now more than ever, the distinction between producers and DJs is disappearing since both talents complement each other if you want the widest platform for your music. Practical lectures take place two days per week and outside of lectures you can access practice time including use of the the fully stacked Pioneer DJ Studio. Developed by music industry professionals who have worked with Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D, Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Swedish House Mafia and many more, class sizes are strictly limited to 16 and each student has their own workstation and DJ set up in class and the practice studios. The course is taught on either Logic Pro or Ableton Live depending on your preference. This CertHE is worth 120 internationally recognised credits at level 4. You can progress onto year 2 of this programme and complete the DipHE, then in turn progress onto the final year of our BA (Hons) Music Production & DJ Practice DegreeStudent Finance is available for eligible UK/EU students. Watch the videos below to find out more about Point Blank and this course!

Modules

Career Opportunities

  • Music Producer 
  • Recording Engineer 
  • Mix Engineer 
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Music Arranger 
  • Film Music Composer 
  • Music Programmer 
  • Remixer 
  • Game Music Composer
  • Singer/Songwriter 
  • Solo Artist 
  • Music Performer 
  • A&R Manager
  • Record Label Owner

I like the professionalism and discipline at Point Blank. My programme has a very defined structure from the beginning to the end, and it gives me confidence that if I work and practice I can learn and be able to be a DJ. I'm lucky to have Nigel Hosten as my teacher. Apart from being a pro and a very good DJ, he really knows the foundations of music and cares about his students. He doesn't miss a beat! He is always is there to answer everyone's questions with care and patience. And always with a smile, which I really appreciate! Congratulations on Point Blank's success. Thank you and keep up the hard work and your love for the music industry - it's contagious! - Miguel, DJ student

Alumni

Patrick Topping

'The World's Biggest Tech House Producer!' Secured three Beatport #1s: ‘Get Beasty’, ‘Forget’ & ‘Voicemail’. Also owns two DJ Awards & DJ Mag’s ‘Best Tune’. Championed by Pete Tong & Annie Mac.

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.

Claude VonStroke

Dirtybird boss Claude says: "I took a class with Point Blank in Ableton Live. It was awesome learning bass production!". The bass don was recently voted the No.1 DJ in USA! Watch him review PB above.

Pete Tong

Godfather of Dance Music and long-time friend of Point Blank Pete Tong, founder of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix and worldwide DJ superstar, learned Native Instruments Maschine with the team here in London.

Madam X

DJ, label head, club impresario. Mixing grime, techno, bass, garage, Madam X is adept at playing huge crowds or 100-cap basements. Hosts shows on Radio 1, Rinse & NTS. She is multi-faceted and unique.

DJ Fricktion

Internationally renowned hip-hop DJ and producer. Worked with Wu-Tang members RZA, Raekwon and Ghostface, and DJ'ed for the likes of 50 Cent, Alesso and Travis Scott.

Jon Rundell

Took Intro to Production in London and then made a name for himself in the house and techno scene with remixes and original releases on labels including Rekluse, Etch Recordings & Carl Cox’s Intec.

Monki

After graduating from PB radio course, Monki DJ'd for Annie Mac’s AMP parties, Bestival radio & landed her own slot on Rinse FM. She now presents on 1Xtra & Radio One.

Nathan Barato

Internationally-renowned DJ and producer, recently hitting #1 on Beatport alongside fellow PB alumni Patrick Topping  with their 'Paradise on Earth' mix series.  Nathan has taken a number of our online courses.

Felix Jaehn

After graduating, Felix went to #1 in 11 countries with 'Cheerleader'.  He says: "PB enabled me to network with other young artists & learn from each other. I’m still working with some of them!"

Goldie

We taught Goldie something he didn't know already - Ableton Live! The legend drops in from time to time & recently invited PB students to a VIP drum recording session at Assault & Battery studios.

Spoony

Spoony is a legend in UK dance music having brought garage to the masses in 2000 as part of the Dreem Team. He's since gone on to become a staple on Five Live but proved he's always learning by enrolling at PB!

Tayo

Fabric Resident DJ, Producer, Label Manager: "I went to Point Blank to learn to make tunes and the teachers were great - really helpful. I'm tempted to go back and get some more knowledge now.”

Cat Dealers

Luiz Guilherme Cardoso, one half of the Brazilian duo Cat Dealers, took our DJ Certificate and Complete Mixing and Mastering online course and has since gone on to rank at #74 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs in 2017.

Cedric Steinmyller

Half of duo Klingande. ‘Jubel’ was #1 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland & Italy. 46m YouTube views & 145,000 Facebook likes & rising. Plays the biggest clubs all over the world.

Gemma Cairney

"Without the intensity & professionalism of Point Blank I would never have had the skills, knowledge or even guts to approach Channel 4 in the first place." She’s now a hugely popular TV/Radio presenter.

Josh Dowler

Josh met B.Traits during a guest masterclass at Point Blank, and went on to work as an assistant on her BBC Radio 1 show. Josh is now Head of Promotions at Project:Mooncircle.

Imogen Richmond

Imogen has gone on to play at Berghain and support the likes of Ben UFO and Nina Kraviz at Printworks, London. She's released music on techno institution Earwiggle on Sunil Sharpe's compilation EP.

Sandunes

Mumbai-based Sanaya studied at PB. Earned critical acclaim from VH1, Radio 1 India, Vogue, GQ & Rolling Stone. Featured in Red Bull’s Bedroom Producer series and remixed Bonobo and George Fitzgerald.

Will Clarke

Will has released chart topping records on Dirtybird & Defected, has remixed for Riva Starr, Hot Natured, Jamie Jones & Azari & III and his radio show has over half a million monthly listeners.

Plastician

Plastician started Terrorhythm Recordings & established his name as key grime producer Toured USA with Aphex Twin's Rephlex label & featured on the Grime album. Remixed M.I.A.'s URAQT track for XL.

Marilia Feix

"I was introduced to Fierce Panda & Ho Hum Records by my PB music business tutor. It was a great opportunity for me and led to where I’m working now as International Manager in music promotions".

No Artificial Colours

Lewis & Ryan have released on Kerri Chandler’s Madtech & Defected, had their tracks played by Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles & Visionquest. Pete Tong hailed them as Future Stars on Radio 1!

Dev

BBC Presenter. Made his name on 1Xtra, now presenting early breakfast on Radio 1. A DJ since age 14, when Dev decided to get serious about making his own beats, he swiftly enrolled at Point Blank.

Juan Maclean

US based Juan released three disco-influenced albums in ten years on DFA. Studied Deep & Minimal House to expand his production style & toured extensively with DJ sets & live performances since then.

Travis Holcombe

PB 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.

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.

Andre Crom

Andre, head honcho of OFF Recordings, has had a slew of successful releases on the likes of Ovum, 100% Pure and Sleaze. He has toured and performed with huge success in all corners of the globe.

Gareth Wyn

Remixed Beyonce, Rihanna & Leona Lewis, BT’s ‘Flaming June’, The Gossip, Junkie XL & Duffy. Says G: "The Sound Design course brought everything together for me and gave me the kick start I needed."

Queenie

Debut single 'And Every' was signed by Greenmoney & went to 1 in the Juno charts. Says: “I attended Point Blank with Madam X who has supported my music & played it on her 1Xtra shows from the start.”

Fiora Cutler

A classically trained singer, pop songwriter with a love of orchestral music & sound design, it’s clear that not only would it be unwise to put Fiora Cutler in a box, it’s also pointless to try!

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.

Ben Scarr

Island Records A&R. Worked with Tinchy Stryder, Taio Cruz, Amy Winehouse, Frankmusik & Sugababes. Studied music production at Point Blank and is a regular masterclass guest.

DJ Reiki

DJ/Producer Reiki (Tay Jean) DJ’s at SBTRK, Dubfx & Kalbata & in Jamaica. Influences: hybrid music genres fused with both Eastern & Western elements, Reiki's MINDPORT EP was a killer!

Arjun

With 1,500,000 Facebook followers, Sri-Lankan born Arjun is a South Asian pop superstar. His single ‘I’ll Be Waiting” charted at #1 on iTunes India and spent 30 weeks on the BBC Asian Download Chart.

Alysha Wood

Alysha Wood joins Gemma Cairney, Monki & Mistajam as Point Blank graduates who enjoy successful radio careers. Alysha has worked on the new Chris Moyles Radio X launch among other achievements.

Halina Rice

Since studying at Point Blank, Halina has become an established and distinctive voice within electronic music with several releases, including her album 'REDUX', under her belt.

Jon Kong

One half of duo Leftwing & Kody, Jon Kong studied Music Production, Composition and Sound Design in 2008. The duo have gone on to release a slew of successful tracks and DJ around the world.

Varun Murali

Varun Murali is an integral member of hugely popular Swarathma, one of India's leading folk-rock bands. With several international tours & TV appearances, they are India's most sought after indie act.

Bodalia

Since studying with us, Bodalia has won a global DJ contest, played at Tomorrowland, produced regular mixes for the BBC and recently performed an exclusive mix for DJ Charlesy on his Capital XTRA show.

Eddie Bitar

The Canadian-Lebanese artist has stacked up releases on Paul van Dyk’s VANDIT label, played The Gallery at Ministry of Sound as well as Tranceport tours in Argentina and had a residency for London’s The Energy Box during his time at PB.

Dave Rene

Interscope Records A&R Dave is a powerful man in EDM. He signed acts like Nero & Zedd to the label. He was recently named as one of the three most powerful people in America’s EDM scene in Billboard.

Paradoks

Paradoks began his studies with us on our degree program in 2017. Since then, his release, 'Eternal', on Timeless Moment, reached #1 on Beatport.

Rachel Innes

”PB was one of the best things I did. My tutors still keep in touch & give me advice. I met amazing people." Rachel is now Resident DJ at Hed Kandi, and A&R at Island Records.

Weibird

After studying Sound Engineering, Composing Film & TV, Ableton & Advanced Composition with us in 2017, Weibird has gone from strength to strength, amassing a huge following and millions of views on YouTube.

Steve McMinn

Since studying music production at Point Blank, Stevie formed English dream pop / post-rock outfit Mt. Wolf with a Point Blank classmate, as well as setting up boutique label Akira Records.

Sanchit Balhara

After studying our Music Production and Sound Engineering Diploma, Sanchit Balhara went on to compose for some of Bollywood's biggest films including the smash hits Ram-Leela & Bajirao Mastani.

Filth & Splendour

James: “PB helped focus & develop my skills. I went on to co-produce over 40 releases remixed by Paul Oakenfold, Umek & Beckers.” Releases on Perfecto, Armada & CR2, residencies at Ministry and Pacha.

Detboi

After taking a variety of online courses, DJ/Producer Detboi saw his crazy brand of tropical flavoured, bass-heavy rave skyrocket. Releases on Skint, Surface Noise & Herve's Cheap Thrills.

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.

Gina Cat

PB 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.

R3WIRE

After a string of headline shows at top international festivals & singing to Ministry of Sounds 'Unitrash', R3WIRE landed a role as music curator, host and ambassador to MTV UK's 'Club MTV'.

Basheba

Basheba has received backing from SBTV, Afro Punk, Mobo & Vevo and radio support from BBC London, Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Kiss FM & Capital Xtra. She has also been featured on MTV UK & US.

Aerreo

International Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma graduate Nikhil Mehta released on Starter Records, Cr2 & Armada Trice as well as garnering support from the likes of Nicky Romero & Tiesto.

Paula Fairfield

Award winning Sound Designer for Game of Thrones, Lost & Tropic Thunder. Took multiple online courses at PB and says: "The courses put me way outside my comfort zone - and that’s a good thing!"

Anna Kay

After studying on our Radio Course, Anna went on to work on radio shows including BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Ministry of Sound Radio, Rinse FM & Kiss FM. She currently works for Beats 1 & Apple Music.

Jake Warren

Composes music for One Direction, Versace, Chevrolet, Lexus, SBTV and many more. Originally, Jake won a pitch for a global Swatch advert campaign, an opportunity that was presented to him right here at Point Blank.

Bloom Twins

Anna & Sonia studied Point Blank's Singing Course & since graduating featured in some of the most world’s most iconic publications including Bullet, Music & Musicians, Artist Direct, Flaunt & Vogue.

Leona Lewis

Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."

Anthony Touma

Lebanese-French singer-songwriter Anthony Touma attended our Singing Course in 2016. Since graduating, Anthony has gone on to sign with Universal Music and release his international debut single, ‘Walk Away’.

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.

Izzy Bizu

Izzy cites Amy, Adele & Ella as heroines and has a freshness to her sound (reverby guitars, handclaps, gospel piano) which you’ll love. We’re so proud we helped hone her craft  at PB!

Expert Lecturers

Nigel Hosten DJing

Aka Mr Dex. DJ'd with Ghostface & Raekwon (Wu-Tang), Omar, Estelle, Sway, Scratch Perverts and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Hosts The DeX Files weekly on itch.fm/live. Member of ‘A Bunch of Deckheads’ DJ agency.

Ben Bristow DJing

Played at Space (Ibiza), Ministry of Sound, Cargo & Scala. Featured on XFM & Kiss FM. Released on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings, Tru:Funk, Funk Blasters & Resense. Features regularly on BBC 6Music.

Bridget Amofah Music Industry

Lead vocalist with Rudimental, played Glastonbury and Jools Holland. Replaced KT Tunstall in Oi Va Voi, also worked with The Nextmen, Basement Jaxx & The Earlies.

Linton Bennett Music Composition

Linton aka Stepz composes/produces for Dido, Warren G, All Saints, Jamelia & Imogen Heap to name a few. He’s been active in the music industry for 3 decades and signed to Motown in the US.

David Clarke DJing

David Clarke (aka DJ Davine) has played Ministry of Sound, The Garage and the Mother Live 333. Has his own urban radio show with an audience of 90,000. He is a Traktor expert and works with PB and NI.

Natasha Klerks Music Industry

Promoter, DJ and label founder at Neighbourhood featuring Daniel Avery, Ben Sims & Pariah. Teaches Music Business aimed at people looking to break into the industry in management, A&R & marketing.

Nick Feldman Music Production

Releases on One Inch Punch, Bad Sekta & Frogs as Ronin. DJs on radio. Tours complex Ableton Live work around world playing with Vex’d, Milanese, Crystal Distortion, Hellfish & Dead Silence Syndicate.

Michael Bailey Radio

Resident DJ for Goldie's Metalheadz label, presenter at 1Xtra, Radio 1 & Ministry of Sound. Recorded/remixed for Goldie, Roni Size, Guy Called Gerald, Trey Songz, Chipmunk, Nas & Damian Marley.

Rockwell Music Production

Tom Green AKA Rockwell has released on Metalheadz, Ministry Of Sound and Sony Music; toured the world as an international DJ, appearing at events and venues like Fabric, Ultra Europe & Glastonbury.

Dave Stone Music Production

David Stone is one half of Drum n Bass act Gerra & Stone & his work has received regular plays across BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Kiss FM.  His tracks regularly chart in Beatport top 10 . He's also a successful DJ & PB graduate.

Ben Medcalf Production/Mixing

Producer/composer/DJ. International DJ success as Rogue Element & Disco of Doom. Composition credits include films (The Veteran), trailers (Men In Black III) & ads (Dodge Ram, Vodafone & McLaren).

Vasco Ispirian Music Production

Electronic engineer, performer, instructor and veteran DJ and producer. Over a decade of experience in the studio and onstage. His body of studio work shows a mastery of music creation techniques.

Daniel Linton Music Production

As 'Funk Ethics', Danny contributed to UK bass music releasing on Pitch Black, Boka & Brownswood. Supported by Scuba, Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs & Giles Peterson, Danny also DJs with Goldie & Pendulum.

Max Heyes Engineering/Mixing

Credits include Paul Weller, Oasis, Primal Scream, Jamiroquai and Massive Attack. Co-produced The Doves #1 album 'The Last Broadcast'. Mixed Primal Scream's 'XTRMNTR'. Helped develop La Roux.

Carroll Thompson Singing

Iconic British reggae singer who's also recorded with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Sade & more. Signed to Virgin as solo artist. Scored several Top 40 hits & No.1 on UK Reggae Chart with 'I'm So Sorry'.

Anna Lakatos Music Production

An electronic musician, singer and trained audio engineer, specialising in object-based 3D sound for motion picture and commercial music production. Ableton Certified Trainer; NI Product Specialist; Music Production lecturer.

Kevin Kerrigan Music Composition

Branded an 'alchemist' by Brian Eno, Kevin has worked with Bjork, Gwen Stefani, Eurythmics, Kylie & Sting among others and composes for movies/TV for Paramount, BBC, Warner Bros, Sony & Universal.

Tim Wills Sound Engineering

Credits: Trevor Horn, Brian Eno, Seal, Nick Cave, Newton Faulkner & The Cure. Integral to Ian Brown's success. Headlined Glastonbury, V Festival. Co-produced Solarized & UK #4 The World Is Yours.

Melissa Uye-Parker Music Production

Ableton certified trainer, producer, performer, making music since 2006. As a vocalist and songwriter, she has collaborated with the likes of Rae & Christian and Yesking and produces under the moniker Mjiri.

Phil Ramocon Singing/Composition

Ivor Novello & Grammy-winning musician/songwriter. Legend who's worked with Steve Winwood, Jamelia, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and more. Co-wrote 'Buffalo Stance' with Neneh Cherry.

Jan Kybert Mixing/Engineering

Jan has worked on projects with major artists that include Oasis, Paul Weller, The Prodigy and KT Tunstall. He also has a number 1 album, 'Sonik Kicks', and an incredible live tour under his belt.

Leddra Chapman Music Industry

Independent artist, performer & label owner. Her single "Story" was released to much critical acclaim and playlisted on Radio 2. Studied at LCM & is an ambassador for Quiksilver & The Body Shop.

Chris Carter Sound Design

Chris worked with Adrian Sherwood, Little Axe, Shara Nelson & Asian Dub Foundation. Released his own productions on labels like TCR, Botchit and Scarper, he’s also a DJ/remixer and music library creator.

Alex Phountzi Music Production

Alex has been releasing music since the late-90s. Original member of Bugz In The Attic, co-founder of Greenmoney records, releases on V2 & FabricLive. Remixed Amy Winehouse, Roisin Murphy, Fela Kuti.

Francesco Monti Music Composition

Francesco has shared the booth with international artists at top venues such as Amnesia, Pacha, Insomnia, Bora Bora and Cafe Del Mar to name a few.

Pierpaolo Tiano DJing

An Ibiza-based music producer & DJ, Pierpaolo has been honing his DJ skills in Europe since moving in 2009. He currently DJs across Ibiza with his Planet 7 project and has performed live with his live techno project, Nors.

Shadaab Kadri Native Instruments Maschine

Shadaab has created scores and jingles for various short visual projects and composed music spread over a spectrum of genres. He’s long played an active part in upholding the music scene in India.

Chris Franck Remix & Production

With a Top 5 UK hit, Top 20 hits in Germany, Holland, France and a No. 1 in Italy, Chris has remixed over 100 songs for global artists and performed at events inc Glastonbury, Coachella, Womad & more.

Lindsay Wesker Music Industry

Active in the music industry since the 80's with extensive A&R, DJ and broadcast experience with Kiss FM and MTV. Self-published novel about the industry and presents a weekly show on mi-soul.com.

Ellie Coden Music industry

Worked as A&R manager at Fierce Panda who discovered Coldplay & Keane. Ellie booked festivals & ran 100s of successful industry events. She runs her own label & live promotion company Cool For Cats.

Frank McWeeny Radio

Frank McWeeny is a studio director and content producer at the BBC. He also presents French Toast Radio which has received praise from Annie Mac, and makes documentaries for Gilles Petersons Worldwide FM.

Hunter Watson Record Deals & Branding

Signed as 'Legion’ to legendary Ram Records run by Andy C. Has written, recorded, engineered and released countless hits, including credit on multi-platinum US chart smash Future - "F*ck up some Commas".

Claude Ruelle Advanced Composition

Beginning his career as a Jazz guitarist, performing alongside artists such as Pierre-Alaina Goualch, Claude has since created soundtracks for games such as 'Penguin Tales' and 'My Time at Portia'.

Heath Holme Music Production

Heath Holme is an Ibiza-based, electronic music artist and DJ. Renowned for his sophisticated deep techno style as well as his music production.

Ben Mallot Sound Design

Ben is keyboard player for Pest (Ninja Tune). As a producer he has releases on Bonus Round, Don't Records, Victim Records and more. His live show has been to Berghain, Boomtown, Bloc and Uglyfunk & more.

Daniel Herbert Sound Design

Dan's designed sound & produced music for BBC, C4 & CNN. Started out releasing house tracks through Ouch & Tasty. Also worked with St Etienne & has developed the free Point Blank Plug In series.

Dave Ital Guitar

Top guitarist Dave works live and records with artists such as Craig David, Sugababes, LL Cool J, Redman, Jocelyn Brown, Candi Staton & Bobby Womack. Dave records guitar sessions for students at PB.

James Wilson-Rhead Music Composition

James specialises in music for the concert hall and theatre, as well as to accompany films, television and animations. He's collaborated with many major brands, including Sony, 3M and Chevrolet.

Doug McAvoy Music Production

As Craggz & Parallel, Doug’s been playlisted by Zane Lowe & Annie Mac. The release ‘Northern Soul’ for Dillinja gained critical acclaim and secured an invitation to play live at BBC Maida Vale.

Darren Henry DJing

Darren Henry, a.k.a Quest, is a pioneer of the UK Dubstep sound since its inception back in the early 2000s, with releases on top tier labels including Deep Medi Music and Dub Police.

John Davies Music Composition

John has worked as a producer, musical director and bassist for numerous artists, including Freddie Dickson and Riot Jazz, as well as working for brands such as Sony, Warner, Universal and VEVO.

JC (djesi) Concato Sound Engineering

Produced, engineered or remixed Bjork, Portishead, The Cure, Erasure, Galliano, Pressure Drop, Ragga Twins & Renegade Soundwave. Began at Matrix and worked Chrysalis, EMI, Sony, Warner & Blue Note.

Danny De Matos Music Production

Signed to Arista & Universal, Danny wrote, produced and remixed for artists like Republica & Limp Bizkit. His music’s been in movies, TV Ads and worldwide video games 'Half Life 2' & 'Left 4 Dead'.

John Watson Music Production

Playing live electronics for Patrick Wolf, John supported Amy Winehouse & Arcade Fire. As a composer for media he’s worked for Instagram, Sony, BBC & C4. Releases music on the Cosmic Pint Glass label.

Yannis Iliopoulos Record Deals and Branding

He's the founder of Sound of Everything Records which has amassed a back catalogue of over 200 releases. Yannis is a music professional with a background in Entertainment Law and Digital Marketing.

Miguel Ferrador Sound Engineering

A Lisbon-born, London-based audio professional with extensive studio and live experience. Credits range from pop to urban and alternative. Has worked with acts signed to Universal, Sony and Warner.

Ali Jamieson Sound Design & Music Composition

Has worked for leading sound design agencies Replay Heaven and Sample Magic on numerous hit records. Released and produced under various guises and teaches music technology theory across the world.

Ellie Lawson Music Industry

Championed by Ellen Degeneres once she signed to Atlantic Records in the USA, Ellie has had a 5-year sponsorship with Quicksilver, as well as achieving many top-10 Beatport Trance releases.

Jarrad Hearman Mixing

Recording, mixing and mastering engineer for artists including Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Craig David, Beckie G, Fetty Wap, Kelis, Nadia Rose, Wretch 32, Kideko, Sinead Harnett and many more.

Nick Hunt Sound Engineering

Producer/Engineer/Sound Designer with over 30 years of experience. Worked with Dave Stewart at The Church. Credits include Gary Barlow, Gene, Warm Jets, Placebo, Boy George, D’Influence amongst many others.

Lizzie Curious Music Industry

A prolific and successful writer, singer and producer with a US Billboard #1 and over 40 releases in over 15 years of adventures in the music industry.

Tom Bulwer Music Industry

Tom has worked in the music industry for over 15 years. From DJing in top clubs, including Ministry of Sound, Egg and Pacha, working at record labels or writing electronic music, he has always held a passion for music.

Pierre Duplan Engineering/Mixing

Longtime audio partner to Shawn Lee, the shamanistic soundscaper who features in this video. Adept at totally analogue or digital mixing/engineering environments with a unique perspective on mixing.

Hector Hernandez Ableton Live

Aka Hektagon, debut 'London' (Freaks of Nature) was supported by Mary Anne Hobbs in Bass Music scene. Remixes for Baobinga, ID, High Frequency Bandwidth, Piece of Shh...show his eclectic taste.

Richard Boal Music Production

Worked with Judge Jules, Sonique, Spiller, Marco V & Sophie Ellis Bextor. Remixed Freddie Mercury, Kylie Minogue & Tom Jones. Makes audio for Dreamworks, Reebok, Sony & Premier League.

Ben Perrier Live Sound

Ben mixes sound for artists touring UK, Europe, USA, Japan, Australia & New Zealand. Mixed 30,000 capacity festivals & London venues Brixton Academy, Forum, O2 Academy, Koko, Shepherds Bush Empire.

Roberta Bruno Singing

Known as 'BB', Roberta has trained in singing for more than 15 years. She's a highly regarded vocal coach in both the UK and EU, with her own breakthrough method in developing voices.

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. Tom is featured on Skrillex's music site.

DJ Morsecode DJing

Nathaniel Morse was the winner of Redbull's first United States "3style" DJ battle in LA. He was awarded “Best DJ in LA” and then “Best DJ in America” by the Sun Times in 2014 & 2015 respectively.

Stefano Ritteri Music Production

Releases on Dirtybird, Sound Pellegrino & Exploited. Remixed Underworld & Depeche Mode. Resident in Fabric. Releases on Saved, Pets & Defected. PB Deep & Minimal House instructor.

Ski Oakenfull Music Composition

Played keys for K-Creative, Galliano, Raw Stylus. Remixer/producer/writer for Incognito, Joey Negro, Valerie Etienne, Two Banks Of Four, The Bays. Albums on Sony, BBE & Primaudial Records.

Dale Corderoy Music Production

Dale combines House, Trance, Progressive & Electronica. Releases on Napith, High Contrast, Vandit & Perfecto prefaced his own imprint CDRY. He wrote Kerosene with Dogzilla & indie band Belasco.

Mike Koglin Music Production

DJ Mag Top 100 DJ. Debut ‘The Silence’ went Top 20. His productions & remixes have been supported by Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto & Paul Van Dyk. Runs his label Noys Music.

Rory Walker Audio for Games

Rory spent many years working with music and sound before choosing to specialise in creative sound design for games.  He continues to freelance in the games industry while inspiring students to do the same.

David Harrow Music Industry

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.

Ben Chetwood Intro to Production

An Ableton Live expert, Ben has worked with artists such as Little Boots, Rudimental & Damian Lazarus. His approach to performance is influenced by his extensive use of hardware and effects.

Julian Peake Intro to Production

Julian has scored global hit records as one half of Stretch & Vern and Reflekt & has written for Kylie Minogue, Little Boots & Dirty Vegas as a Sony/ATV-signed writer.

Kedar Sakharkar DJing

DJ KD or Deeptektiff has almost two decades of experience in the Dj industry. He has performed with acts like Yousef, Justin Prime, Prok & Fitch, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Paul Thomas & more.

Sam Willis Music Industry

Mercury Prize nominee Sam Willis has released with R&S, KOMPAKT & Black Acre and remixed for Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco & Panda Bear. Was Head of Press at Rough Trade Records and Head of A&R at R&S.

Adi Winman Audio for Games

 Adi designed sound for nine major racing titles, engineered for Pulp, developed plugins and has MSc, MA & PGCE qualifications.

Stavros Potamitis Sound Design

Stavros has multiple sample pack number 1s and his music has featured on HBO, BBC & other platforms. Runs Inside Out Records.

Jen Anderson Music Industry Management

A&R for Fiction records, toured with Izzy Bizu, Nero, Iggy Azalea & Eliza Doolittle; manages acts signed to Ministry of Sound, Ultra Records and Ninjatune and booked award-winning venue King Tuts.

Teaching & Learning

On our higher education programmes you will be taught through a variety of small intimate lectures and workshops. When not attending these sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently. Independent learning is about taking control of your work and deciding what you need to know and deciding how you are going to study. During this time you can take advantage of:

  • Our award winning Virtual Learning Environment with custom resources to support your lectures.
  • Our state of the art facilities and private practise / study across two campuses.
  • 1-2-1 sessions with academics and studio lab assistants (up to five per week depending on availability).
  • Value added workshops with academics and industry professionals.

Each academic level consists of 120 credits and we expect students to study approximately 10 hours per credit. Each module is worth 20 credits and students are expected to study 10 hours per week per module (4 hours of lectures and 6 hours of independent learning).

Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of learning and you may hear it referred to as formative or summative:

  • Formative assessment (exercise) is designed to give you feedback on your performance and how it can be improved as you study at Point Blank. Formative assessment is an important part of the learning process and has been shown to help students improve both their grades and their learning style.
  • Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of a module and therefore the grade you will be awarded. Learning outcomes are the specific skills and knowledge that you are expected to demonstrate as a result of taking a module.

Most students show themselves to be stronger in some assessment types than others. To make it possible for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to the best of their abilities, a wide range of assessment types is offered. Students will be asked to produce work in a wide variety of formats including: compositions, creative projects, written work, report, performances, presentations, 1-2-1 discussions, recordings and timed composition briefs. The assessment breakdown for this programme is approximately:

  • 45% practical work 
  • 20% presentations
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  •  25% written work 
  • 10% performance 

Entry Requirements

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme. This will initially be assessed through your personal statement which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. The Admissions Team will look at the merits of each application, taking the following evidence into consideration: personal statement, predicted or previously attained grades, examples of work, references, and relevant work experience. Applicants may also be asked to complete a written exercise and/or attend an interview. Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set between:

  • A Level:  BBC – BCC
  • BTEC:  DMM – MMM

Applicants without formal music / music technology qualifications or who have achieved academic qualifications lower than the typical conditional offer may be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience. This will initially be assessed through your personal statement which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. If your grades may be affected by the recent Coronavirus outbreak then don't worry, Point Blank remains absolutely determined that no applicant will be disadvantaged by the current crisis. Click here for more information on our entry requirements, international qualifications and how to apply. 

Scholarships & Bursaries

Hardship Support Fund

This fund provides financial support to a select number of current students studying a higher education course who have met unforeseen financial hardship during their studies. For some students, a grant from our Hardship Support Fund can make all the difference, allowing them to refocus on their studies and successfully graduate. The maximum award is £1,000 per year. Click here for information on how to apply.

Music Industry Scholarship

The Music Industry Scholarship is worth the value of one module to be used on any of our courses at any of our schools around the world or online and is available to both domestic and international students. This will be awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding potential in music who are in need of financial assistance. Click here for information on how to apply.

Ex-Animo Foundation Grant

The Ex-Animo Foundation promotes the advancement of education among young people in the creative arts. There is a total fund of £1,500 available each year for current Point Blank students to purchase equipment while studying their programme. It is available to any current student studying at one of our locations around the world or online. Click here for information on how to apply.

Fees & Funding

Fees (UK / EU) Fees (non UK / non EU)
£25 reg fee + balance of £9,250 £25 reg fee + balance of £12,250
£25 reg fee + £3,083 per term
See details during the enrolment process.

Being an undergraduate student involves two main expenses: tuition fees and living costs. Students can either choose to pay for their course privately, or alternatively, all of our higher education programmes are eligible for Student Finance loans. Eligible students may be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full course fees. This will be up to £9,250 per year for courses with standard delivery, or up to £11,100 per year for courses with accelerated delivery. The prices above relate to a January 2021 start date and beyond. If you are interested in starting in September 2020, you can find information on the fees here. 

In addition, eligible students may be entitled to a maintenance loan of up to £12,382 per year. The amount of maintenance you can apply for will depend on your circumstances. EU students are not eligible for the maintenance loan. For students wishing to pay privately, we have a number of payment plans available, including annual and termly instalments. Click here for more information on fees and funding options available. 

discounts

  • Point Blank students enjoy a range of exclusive discounts including but not limited to: 
  • 50% off Native Instruments Komplete 12
  • 30% off NI Kontrol, Maschine MK2 & Maschine Studio
  • 50% off Ableton Live 11 Suite
  • Special discount on Ableton Push 2 Controller

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