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Music Production Diploma (Online)

Hone your creative skills to create great music

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Find out about our Online School, the courses we offer and how we can help you follow your passion, make better music and build the industry career you want. The event will include a free track deconstruction masterclass.

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Overview

The Music Production Diploma (Online) is for those looking to learn a wide range of production skills, from the fundamentals of either Ableton Live or Logic Pro right up to mastering your tracks. This flexible course gives you access to some of world’s most established industry experts and producers who’ve worked with some of the biggest names in music such as Armin Van Buuren, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams. This course will prepare you for many roles such as a music producer, recording engineer, film/TV/game composer, sound designer and many more. You can study this course full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) from anywhere in the world.

You will learn: Music Production (Logic or Ableton), Music Composition, Creative Audio (Logic or Ableton), Sound Design, Art of Mixing, and Creative Production & Remix.

Key Info

Duration 1 Year or 2 Years
Available start dates 2024 2025
  • 8 April
  • 8 July
  • 30 September
  • 13 January
  • 14 April
Have questions? Check the FAQ's for quick answers.

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MODULES

Your Online Learning Experience

As part of your course you will get access to a range of Online Learning features to help you in your studies. We've enhanced our exclusive 1-2-1 sessions in order to provide you with individual time to speak to your lecturers and share your projects so you can get advice and guidance on specific areas of your assignments. You’ll get advice on your 1-2-1 tutorial exercises, course materials, academic assistance and carer/industry tips, and be able to ask any questions you want. You'll also benefit from our purpose-built Virtual Learning Environment, which allows you to connect with the wider Point Blank community, and study at the time and place that suits you.

Learn more about our 1-2-1 private tutorials with lecturers via Zoom

Learn music production from the comfort of your own home with our online courses

Take a tour of our Online Courses with our Course Advisor Luc Bennette, as he covers some key questions about studying online

Our Expert Lecturers

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.

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.

Jen Anderson Music Industry

Jen has been A&R for Universal-owned Fiction Records, Label Manager for King Tuts Recordings, Promoter for Live Nation-owned DF Concerts, Head of Business Affairs for Back Yard Music and Tour Manager, and now runs her own business The Bothy Society.

John Farley (J-Fresh) Radio

J-Fresh is a BBC Radio 1Xtra mix resident, Ministry of Sound music curator, DJ, broadcaster and producer with support from BBC Radio 1, Mixmag, GRM Daily & Spotify Editorials.

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

  • 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

So far I am really enjoying the course. It's challenging yet very engaging. The content is excellent, and the tutors are friendly, intelligent and informative. I am really happy I have taken the leap to do this course! Without it I don't think I could be the musician I want to be. Already in my first term I have been given hope and confidence that my dream is achievable. The people who do the tutorial videos throughout the topics are excellent also. You have a great team working for you, that is evident from the beginning! - Christopher, online student

Global Alumni

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

Fees Saving over monthly instalments
£3,495 payment in full £665
£200 reg fee + £465 per term £240
£200 reg fee + £165 per month
The fees shown above are for part-time status. Monthly instalment plans include a nominal fee. For full-time fees and further details, see the enrolment process.

Pay in full upon enrolment and save up to 20% over paying in instalments. See the enrolment process for more details.

Discounts

Point Blank students enjoy a range of exclusive discounts including but not limited to:

  • 70% off Eventide plugins
  • 50% off Ableton Live 11 Suite and NI Komplete
  • Over 50% off Roland Cloud

FAQs

What is My Schedule?

Each module requires your attendance in one weekly masterclass which will be 2 hours long. The masterclasses take place between 7-9pm UK time and will be on the same day each week. The masterclass day will be confirmed a week before the start of each term, but all classes are recorded and archived, so you can watch them back whenever it suits you if you can't attend live. You will also be able to book five 1-2-1 sessions with your lecturer per module per term for additional support - these take place in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 11 of your course.

How do the online courses work?

Studying with Point Blank online is a completely unique experience and unlike any other online course. You are personally guided by a professional producer and provided with regular opportunities to discuss and submit your work to get expert feedback and analysis on your music:

  • Masterclasses: group sessions where the whole class is online with your instructor every week for two hours (recorded for you). Delivered from both the UK and US to accommodate different timezones.
  • Live Tutorials: 1-2-1 tutorials between you and your expert lecturer every two weeks (you can record these yourself on request). Plus additional opportunities to meet 1-2-1 with a range of specialist instructors. You will need at attend at least three of these and submit your module assignment to gain your Certificate of Completion per module.
  • All live interaction is recordable for you to revisit at your leisure along with hours of pre-recorded video and written content.

Is this Diploma suitable for beginners?

Yes. This course assumes no previous experience. Your first module will ensure that you have a sound grasp on all of the fundamental production skills. You then progress onto more advanced modules which will develop these skills.

Are there academic entry requirements?

No. There are no academic requirements for this course. This course or programme is practical, and therefore aimed at those who wish to develop their skills to a professional standard.

What equipment do I need to take this course?

  • Either Ableton Live 11 Suite or Logic Pro X (please contact us for more details)
  • Computer – please check the minimum requirements for your chosen DAW
  • A MIDI keyboard (recommended)
  • Native Instruments Komplete—students are eligible for a 50% discount (recommended)

What support do I get during this course?

Throughout your course you will be instructored and supported by our expert team of professional music producers. You will be able to contact them via the student forum, raise any issues that you may encounter on your course, and receive a timely response. All of the instructors are highly experienced in making music and/or have in depth knowledge of the music business and will be able to offer valuable advice and guidance. You will also be able to participate in a weekly online masterclass where you can raise specific questions related to the module you are currently taking.

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