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Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma

Overview

Developed by music industry professionals who have worked with Bjork, Swedish House Mafia, N.E.R.D. and many more, the Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma is a comprehensive practical guide to the creative process of producing music. Featuring top software packages such as Native Instruments' Komplete, Waves and UAD, this course of intensive study consists of three classes per week plus unlimited practice time. There are six course modules, each specialising in an important area of music production. Class sizes are strictly limited and each student has their own Apple Mac audio workstation in class. Classes are taught by professional music producers and every student on this six month course has access to the Point Blank studio facilities seven days a week for the duration of their course. If you are hungry to learn music production and sound engineering and looking for the fast track route to professional skills then there is no other music production school quite like it. Click on the modules included below for content info.

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University & you receive a Middlesex Certificate of Higher Education on successful completion.

Modules

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FAQS

Is this course accredited?

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. If you opt in to the academic pathway, this course is worth a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) equivalent to the first year of a degree course. If you wish to study for a full degree at Point Blank then please check out our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering.

If you opt out of the accreditation you can still take advantage of Point Blank's expert instructors, outstanding facilities and practical hands on style of teaching without taking the academic route. You will still achieve the in house Point Blank Diploma on successful completion of the course. For more info please check the FAQs below.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

If you do not wish to opt in for the accreditation there are no formal entry requirements for this course.

If you do wish to opt in for the accreditation validated by Middlesex University, the following guidelines are designed to orientate you through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank:

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 include any previous study or relevant experience in music. The Admissions Team will look at the merits of each applicant, taking the following evidence into consideration:

  • Personal statement
  • Predicted or previously attained grades
  • Examples of work
  • References
  • 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
    Equivalent qualifications will also be accepted. For information on equivalency please click here.
  • Unconditional offers will be reserved for exceptional applicants who demonstrate their ability through examples of previous work and/or attainment in previous academic study.
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language at level B2, equivalent to grade C at GCSE.
  • Applicants without formal 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, demonstrated through an interview, written exercise and portfolio of work.
  • If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 (with 5.5 in every category). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted. If you are an international student applying for a Tier 4 visa, you must have an IELTS UKVI Academic test.
  • International applicants should check minimum academic requirements for entry by using our partner University’s guide here.
  • Successful completion of a CertHE or DipHE programme delivered at Point Blank would precipitate entry at level 5 or 6 on the BA programme. Students who have previously completed a qualification at level 4 or 5 may also be eligible to start the programme at a different entry point.
  • Places are limited and offers cannot be made to all applicants.

How do I enrol on the course?

If you are a student from the UK, European Union or European Economic Area and would like to opt in the academic pathway, you will need to apply for the course by completing this application form.

If you have copies of your qualifications, please send them to us along with your application form. If you do not have copies of your qualifications or are waiting for your results, you may still submit the application form to be considered.

If you are accepted on the course, you may secure your place on the course by clicking the “Enrol Now” link above.

If you do not wish to opt in for the accreditation, you may enrol on the course by clicking the “Enrol Now” link above.

Please contact our Admissions Team if you have any questions.

I am an International Student. How do I apply?

EU Students

Students from the UK, European Union or European Economic Area can apply by following the guidance in the previous FAQ.

Non-EU Students

For courses of 6 months or more: you will most likely need to apply for a Tier 4 Visa. Point Blank has been awarded Tier 4 Sponsor Status and is able to sponsor international students on a Tier 4 Visa as long as applicants satisfy our application criteria. Please refer our International Student Guidance section for more information on the application process. NB: International Students (outside the EU) course fees are subject to a £1000 surcharge.

For courses of 6 months or less: you will not require a Tier 4 Visa but may need to apply for a Student Visitor's Visa. Please refer to our International Student Guidance section for more information on the application process.

When should I enrol?

There are four terms per year: January, April, July and September and you can start your course at any of these entry points. However, our courses have limited availability and get booked well in advance, so we recommend enrolling as soon as you are ready to secure your place to avoid disappointment. 

Can I get funding for the course?

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning visit, click here or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is 5742.

Do you offer instalment plans?

Yes, we offer instalment plans for all our courses. To view the payment options available, click on the "Enrol Now" link above and navigate to step 2. There you can see the full payment options and payment dates for your chosen course and start date.

What is my timetable?

Degree and Diploma students take up to four modules concurrently.  Each module requires your attendance at either one daytime class (11am-6pm)  or two evening classes (6:30pm-9:30pm)  per week. Please note your classes will be scheduled before the start of each term. Call for details and to arrange times convenient time for you. In addition to classes, students are expected to schedule sufficient practice time each week. The studio facilities are open to you 7 days a week gaining you valuable studio time and reinforcing the skills learned in class. 

Degree & Diplomas Concurrent Modules/Days Per Week
BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree (2 Years)
  • 1st Yr: 4 
  • 2nd Yr: 3
BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree (3 Years)
  • 1st Yr: 2
  • 2nd Yr: 2
  • 3rd Yr: 2
Music Production & Sound Engineering Complete Master Diploma
  • 1st Yr: 4 
  • 2nd Yr: 3
Music Production & Sound Engineering Master Diploma
4
Music Production & DJ Diploma
3/4
Music Production & Live Sound Engineering Diploma 3
Music Production & Sound Engineering  Diploma
3
Music Production Diploma 3
International  Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma  4
Advanced Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma 4
Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Diploma 4
Radio Broadcasting Diploma 3

 

Do you hold open days?

We host studio tours in the Orsman Road Studio Complex every Wednesday at 5:30pm and every Saturday at 12:30pm. Address: 26 Orsman Road, Hoxton, London, N1 5QJ. Please Contact Us to make an appointment. The Admissions Team will show you around the facilities, answer questions and help get you enrolled. We will be happy to arrange an alternative time if you are not available during our scheduled tours. In the meantime, watch the London School Video Tour now.

Do I need to buy equipment to take the course?

No. We supply all the equipment you will need for your class and for practice time. 

Music Production students please note: before you decide to buy equipment for your home studio, remember that all students on the Point Blank Music Production BA (Hons) degree or Diploma courses receive a FREE Point Blank studio setup including KRK monitors, keyboard, soundcard and software. If you are not taking a BA (Hons) degree or Diploma class we will be happy to arrange student discounts from Apple Education, Ableton, Native Instruments, Pioneer and other leading industry partners. 

Contact us

  • UK: 020 7729 4884
  • INT: +44 20 7729 4884
  • USA: 323 282 7660
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