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BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree (2 years)

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Overview

Developed and taught by industry professionals who’ve worked with Pharrell, Kanye West, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Bjork, Bloc Party, Lily Allen, Gorillaz, Franz Ferdinand and more. This course will open doors to a range of careers within the music and media industry including music producer, recording engineer, music/TV composer, sound editor, music arranger, artist/performer, studio manager, A&R/label manager and many more. On completion of this course you'll be prepared to begin your career with a dynamic and professional production portfolio.


As well as soaking up our lecturers’ wealth of knowledge, you’ll learn how to navigate your DAW, music composition, sound design, how to compose for film, TV and games, and how to mix and master your work like a pro on our 48 channel SSL Duality Delta mixing desk. Throughout the course you’ll be developing your brand and creating a portfolio, ready to enter the industry.

Our expert lecturers have decades of experience in the industry and know what it takes for you to make it. You’ll be engaging with the wider Point Blank community with free masterclasses, events and other networking opportunities. After studying these 18 carefully crafted modules over three academic years, you’ll be able to turn your ideas into high quality tracks that you can be proud of and begin your career with confidence. 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.

Key Info

Duration 2 Years
Available start dates 2022 2023 2024
  • 3 October (Limited availability)
  • 9 January (Limited availability)
  • 10 April (Limited availability)
  • 2 October (Limited availability)
  • 8 April
Weekly timetable 3 lectures per week. Please contact us for details.
UCAS code W3W3
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Modules

Teaching & Learning

On our higher education programmes, students take part in a variety of intimate lectures (up to 16 students) and workshops. When not attending these sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently. Independent learning is about taking control of your work, finding out 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 (VLE) with bespoke downloadable resources to support your lectures.
  • Our state-of-the-art facilities and private practice spaces across two buildings.
  • 1-2-1 Tutorials with lecturers to help you focus on your assignments.
  • Studio Lab Time with support staff (up to five per week depending on availability) to help you with your technical set up and assignments.
  • Extra workshops with music industry professionals.

A degree course consists of academic levels 4, 5 and 6. Each level consists of 120 credits. 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 how we gauge your success on a course. You will be expected to take part in the following types of assessment during this course:

1. Exercises – these are designed to give you feedback on your performance and to help you improve as you study at Point Blank.

2. Assignments - these are designed to measure what you have achieved during a module and therefore the grade you will be awarded.

To make it possible for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to the best of their abilities, students will be asked to produce work in varying formats depending on your course including compositions, creative projects, written work, reports, performances, presentations, 1-2-1 discussions, recordings and timed music industry-based briefs.

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.

Max Heyes Sound 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

After my first term at Point Blank I asked to move from the 6-month diploma to the 2-year degree in Music Production & Sound Engineering. It was the best decision! I've learnt invaluable skills from composition to mixing, and my tracks now sound polished and professional. The lecturers were brilliant, knowledgeable and helpful. They cared and had passion about what they were teaching. They focused on small details, the golden nuggets they've learnt throughout their careers. They even gave help freely outside of class. They've given more than what I expected, and I believe this is due to the lecturers they have. I am using every tool since leaving PB, my only issue is I'm now broke from all the gear I've bought since I left! But, it's all worth it. Highly recommended! - Ben, BA (Hons) graduate

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.

If you don't have formal qualifications, don't worry, applicants without formal qualifications may still be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience.

We will initially assess your personal statement which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. Then the Admissions Team will look at the merits of each application by taking the following evidence into consideration: predicted or previously attained grades, examples of work and relevant work experience. Applicants who do not meet the typical entry requirements may also be asked to attend an interview. Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set between:

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

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 + £11,100 per year £25 reg fee + £14,100 per year
£25 reg fee + £2,775 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. 

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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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
  • Over 50% off Roland Cloud
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