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BA (Hons) Music Production & Vocal Performance Degree (2 years)

Master your vocal and production skills

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START YOUR DEGREE IN SEPTEMBER 2024

Apply now to join the number 1 music production institution in the UK.

Overview

Do you want to create your own music and perfect your vocals and live performance? Then the Music Production and Vocal Performance degree is for you! This course is developed and taught by industry professionals who’ve worked with massive stars such as Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna. After completing this accelerated 2-year degree, you will be ready to begin a career as a singer/songwriter, music producer, lyricist, composer, musical director, vocal producer, coach, arranger and many more.


You will learn: Music Production (Ableton Live or Logic Pro), Vocal Performance, Music Composition, Vocal Musicianship, Sound Engineering, Music Industry, Studio Vocal Production, Songwriting & Lyrics, Art of Mixing, Electronic Music Performance, Marketing & Branding, Live Vocal Techniques, Advanced Composition, Session Singing & Improvisation, Showcase, Professional Portfolio Research, Professional Portfolio Project, Music Entrepreneur.

Point Blank classes are small to ensure you receive ample 1-2-1 time with your lecturers. Our studios are located in Shoreditch—a global hub of London music venues and bars—and include industry-standard, state-of-the-art technology, from microphones to mixing desks.

Key Information

Duration 2 Years
Available start dates 2024 2025 2026
  • 30 September (Limited availability)
  • 6 October
  • 12 January
  • 13 April
  • 5 October
Weekly timetable Three lecture days per week at level 4, then two lecture days per week at levels 5 & 6. Please check the FAQs below for more details.
UCAS code VPY2
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How to Write, Record and Produce Your Own Vocal Tracks with Lily McKenzie

Ski Oakenfull and Phil Ramocon explain how to sing the harmonies in Pharrell's Happy

Track breakdown of 'Feel the Love' with Rudimental

R&B sensation, Zion Foster joins us for an exclusive PB masterclass

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.
  • Our Open Mic Nights and Point Blank Choir.

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

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Producer
  • Lyricist
  • Composer
  • Vocal Producer
  • Solo Artist/Lead Vocalist
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Vocal top liner
  • Audio Engineer
  • Singing/Vocal Coach
  • Musical Director
  • Artist Manager

I learned so much from this programme and my lecturers were absolutely amazing. I came from not knowing much about production and mixing to gaining a full understanding of all the tools necessary to make a record. I have used all the resources I learned… it was challenging, which is exactly what I needed to push me out of my comfort zone. - Antoine, 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. For this course you will need to submit or attend an audition. Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set from:

  • A Level:  CC
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma:  MPP


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 application form (direct or UCAS) which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. Our 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. Successful applicants will then be required to attend a vocal audition.  Click here for more information on our entry requirements, international qualifications and how to apply.

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.

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!

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."

Lola Saunders

Singing course student Lola Saunders is the second Point Blank graduate to go on to perform on the famous X Factor stage. The first? One of the most famous winners of all time – Leona Lewis.

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’.

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.

Fees & Funding

Fees (UK) Fees (non-UK)
£11,100 per year £15,750 per year
£2,775 per term £3,938 per term

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 NI Komplete, Ableton Live & Roland Cloud
  • 30% off NI Kontrol & Maschine
  • 25% off Adam Audio & Focusrite
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