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BA (Hons) Music Production & DJ Practice degree (2 years)

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Key Info

Duration 2 Year
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 3 lecture days per week. Please contact us for details.
UCAS code W4W4
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Overview

This specialist DJ specialist is the fast track to a career in the music industry. It is your opportunity to pursue your passion for music and DJing for two years whilst gaining a full BA (Hons) degree validated by Middlesex University in the process. With in-depth heavily DJ-focused content, this is an intensive and practical music degree course with plenty of opportunities for students to get their careers going: before graduating, you'll have regular opportunities to get your mix featured on Magnetic Mag and Pioneer DJ Radio, alongside shows from Carl Cox's Global, Toolroom and Defected. Developed and taught by music industry professionals who have worked with Pharrell Williams, Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack to name a few, this programme ensures your expertise in crucial areas of the music industry such as DJing, production, remixing, sound design, mastering, how to manage your career (or manage others) and more. You will be attending our state-of-the-art school in Shoreditch which features the best equipment and facilities in the music business. Point Blank teaches on SSL Duality Delta and has the 'best equipped Pioneer DJ facility in Europe!' - Tania Lee, Pioneer DJ Europe. You can complete this degree course in just two years of power learning. Lectures are delivered to small classes so you get value for money and don't miss anything. Plus free unlimited practice time in our state of the art studios is available to you seven days per week. Contact a Course Advisor for details. Watch the videos below to find out more about Point Blank and this course!

Modules

Career Opportunities

  • Resident/Freelance DJ
  • VJ Artist
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Music Arranger 
  • Music Programmer 
  • Remixer
  • Solo Artist 
  • Music Performer 
  • A&R Manager
  • Record Label Owner

Point Blank is my second bachelor's degree. As an American having attended a top 25 university in the US, I believe I offer a unique perspective on the Point Blank experience. In terms of exposing us to all the music industry has to offer us, Point Blank excels and is unparalleled in this regard. Overall, Point Blank was completely worth the investment. The London experience in itself was incredible, and I will never forget my experiences here. Thank you for all you've done to put this school together. - Paul, BA (Hons) graduate

Alumni

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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!"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monki

After graduating from PB's 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Jon Rundell

Took our 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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!

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!"

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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".

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

Expert Lecturers

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

Anna Lakatos Music Production

Musician, singer and trained audio engineer, specialising in object-based 3D sound for motion picture and commercial music production. Anna is an Ableton Certified Trainer and NI Product Specialist.

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:

  • 40% practical work 
  • 10% presentations
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  •  25% written work 
  • 25% 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

Higher Education Bursary

The Higher Education Bursary (London) is available to applicants to any 3 year degree programmes at our London school. Each academic year, Point Blank can award these to a limited number of outstanding applicants who would not otherwise be able to study with us. It is worth £3,000 per year (£9,000 in total), subtracted from Point Blank’s tuition fees. Click here for information on how to apply.

PB Producer Scholarship

Point Blank is dedicated to helping music producers achieve excellence whilst gaining an internationally recognised Higher Education qualification. Every year, we can offer scholarships to talented and hard-working applicants. PB Producer Scholarships are worth £3,000 in total and are available for any BA (Hons) programme delivered at our London campus. Click here for information on how to apply.

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 + £11,100 per year £25 reg fee + £14,100 per year
£25 reg fee + £3,700 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 10 Suite
  • Special discount on Ableton Push 2 Controller
  • 40% off Serato DJ

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