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Sound Engineering Certificate (Part Time)

Overview

The Sound Engineering Certificate is a one year course designed to fit around a busy schedule with one lecture day per week. It teaches students the skills required to work in a professional recording studio. Starting with a comprehensive Introduction to Logic Pro or Ableton Live depending on your preference, the course explores the recording process via detailed lectures and demonstrations on recording drums, bass, guitars, vocals and other instruments. Mixing is explored in depth. The course is taught by professional audio engineers with extensive studio experience and credits including La Roux, N.E.R.D and U2.

Modules

COURSE DETAILS

Duration 1 Year
Available start dates
  • July 2018 (Limited availability)
  • September 2018 (Limited availability)
  • January 2019
  • April 2019
  • July 2019
  • September 2019
  • January 2020
  • April 2020
  • July 2020
  • September 2020
Weekly timetable 1 daytime class (11am - 6pm)
or
2 evening classes (6.30 - 9.30pm)

FEE OPTIONS

Payment type Fees Total Saving over termly instalments
Full £5,295 paid in full £5,295 £270
Termly instalments £600 reg fee + £1,655 per term £5,565
See details during enrolment process

included in fees

  • Unlimited practice time
  • FREE Apple Logic Pro 101 exam and textbook for Logic students
  • FREE copy of Ableton Live for Ableton students
  • 50% off NI Komplete
  • 30% off NI Kontrol S-Series
  • 30% off NI Maschine MK2 and Maschine Studio
  • Total savings approx £1,255 exclusively with Point Blank

accreditation

There are two options for accreditation: if you opt in to the academic pathway, this Point Blank Certificate is accredited by Edexcel. You can however 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 Certificate on successful completion of the course.

For those opting in to the academic pathway, the Sound Engineering Logic Pro Certificate is worth the equivalent of 1 'AS' level (30 credits) which makes which makes it an ideal progression route towards entering University or gaining a job in the industry. On successful completion of this Certificate you gain the following qualification: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Music Technology (Production).

faqs

Is this course accredited?

Yes. If you choose to opt in to the accreditation, this Certificate is worth an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Music Performing, equivalent to 1 'AS' level (30 QCF credits).

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 Certificate on successful completion of the course.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

1. Edexcel Qualification Option:

This Point Blank course is accredited by Edexcel. Therefore, if you wish to opt in for this accreditation and gain the BTEC qualification associated with this course, you will need to provide evidence of at least one item from the following list:

a) 4 GCSE passes at A* - C (music and English preferred) or equivalent

b) BTEC Level 2 Diploma or equivalent

c) Relevant experience

d) Exceptional ability

An interest in sound recording and computer music is relevant.

2. Non-Accredited Option:

If you do not wish to participate in the Edexcel accreditation and wish instead to concentrate on the practical, non-academic side of your Point Blank course, you can take this course without any prior experience. It is creative and practical in nature so academic grades are not required to enrol. Point Blank ensures that students have a sound grasp of all the fundamental music production skills before moving on to more complex techniques in later course modules. 

What is my timetable?

Certificate students take up to two modules concurrently depending upon which course you are enrolled. Each module you take will require your attendance at either one daytime class or two evening classes per week. 

Please note your classes will be scheduled before the start of each term. Call for details. In addition to classes, students are expected to schedule sufficient studio practical work 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. 

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 hold Open Days?

We host regular studio tours in the Orsman Road Studio Complex on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 12:30pm. Address: 26 Orsman Road, Hoxton, London, N1 5QJ. 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.

Please make sure you contact us to book a tour as they do not run every Wednesday and Saturday. 

We also host Open Day events every six weeks. Please contact us for more detail. 

Do I need to buy equipment to take the course?

We supply all the equipment you need for your class and for practice time at our studios. You have access to our facilities 7 days a week during term time for the length of your course (excluding scheduled breaks). 

Music Production students please note: if you wish to buy equipment or software for your home studio, remember that Point Blank students may qualify for discounts from Apple Education, Ableton, Native Instruments, Pioneer and other leading industry partners.

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Contact us

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