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BA (Hons) Music Production & DJ Performance Degree (3 Years)

Become a DJ and a music producer

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Overview

Make your dreams a reality and become an accomplished Producer and DJ. This course is developed and taught by industry professionals who’ve worked with the likes of Pharrell Williams, The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack and more. Many Point Blank students have gone on to work as successful music producers, resident/freelance DJs, sound designers, promoters, engineers, artist managers, A&R/label managers. If you’re looking to make it in any of these fields, then this is the course for you. On completion of this course you'll be prepared to enter the music industry with a dynamic and professional production portfolio.


Throughout this degree you'll cover advanced production, advanced composition, and advanced sound design techniques, conquered creative DJ skills, the art of mixing, and how to manage yourself and/or other artists going forward with your career. You’ll also have opportunities to get your mixes featured on Magnetic Mag and Pioneer DJ Radio. Immerse yourself in the music industry with other like-minded creatives and become part of the Point Blank community with free masterclasses, events and other networking opportunities. At Point Blank, we make it our priority to connect our students to the music industry to give you a head-start in your career.

We are proud to be ahead of the curve in delivering a fantastic student experience whether on campus or online and are happy to include all the exclusive features for students listed here.

Course spaces are limited to ensure every student receives ample 1-2-1 time with their tutors.

If you would like to study this course in just 2 years, please click here.

Please note that this programme is subject to validation by Middlesex University.

Key Info

Duration 3 Years
Available start dates 2022 2023 2024
  • 3 October (Limited availability)
  • 9 January (Limited availability)
  • 10 April
  • 2 October (Limited availability)
  • 8 April
Weekly timetable 2 lecture days per week. Please contact us for details.
UCAS code WW44
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Modules

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 

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Resident/Freelance DJ
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Producer/DJ
  • Music Promoter
  • Remixer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Artist/Performer
  • Artist Manager
  • A&R/Label Manager
  • VJ Artist

It has been a pleasure studying at Point Blank! I am super impressed by your courses as well as the tutors. Since studying at Point Blank I have managed to get DJ gigs in a few places in London and one in Ibiza, and I couldn't have done this without the course at Point Blank. I would especially like to mention Nigel Dex Hosten who delivered a great DJ course. - Roberto, DJ student

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. Click here for more information on our entry requirements, international qualifications and how to apply. 

Global 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.

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.

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.

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!

Fees & Funding

Fees (UK) Fees (non-UK)
£25 reg fee + £9,250 per year £25 reg fee + £12,250 per year
£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. 

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
  • 40% off Serato DJ
  • Over 50% off Roland Cloud

Scholarships & Bursaries

Point Blank is committed to making music education accessible to people of all backgrounds. We are delighted to offer our scholarships, bursaries and funds to support this commitment. These include a range of awards that aim to nurture talent as well as provide access to higher education for specific under-represented groups in higher education.

You can find a range of scholarships, bursaries and funds on offer by accessing our dedicated scholarships page.

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