Future music industry professionals will require a range of essential creative and personal skills to be successful. Relentless ambition, drive, strong communication skills, entrepreneurial vision coupled with raw talent makes the developing music professional a formidable prospect. From the outset you will be encouraged to combine these skills to create quality, contemporary electronic music. Upon completion of the programme you will be well on the way to building a career as an electronic music producer and performer.
You will cover a range of practical and theoretical subjects such as sequencing, synthesis, sampling, sound design, audio editing, mixing and mastering, live sound and performance techniques. You will have access to industry-standard equipment throughout the programme, working with Logic Pro Studio and Ableton Live Suite on Apple Macs. All workstations and studio control rooms have the Native Instrument Komplete 8 package coupled with the Sonnox Oxford plugin suite and UAD hardware emulators. You will be taught how best to utilise these plugins to enhance your own composition and production skills, listening to your work on the highest quality PMC monitors in our Aphex Suite.
In addition to covering essential composition and production techniques, you will explore new and exciting methods of sound creation and manipulation using Native Instruments Reaktor and Max 6 software to develop your own performance tools, synthesisers and signal processors. The programme allows you to study this area in greater depth, mastering your craft and looking at new ways of delivering your music, incorporating the latest computer-based performance technologies.
dBs Cornwall has state-of-the-art sound studios, practice spaces, rehearsal rooms, Mac suites, and production pods which are fully equipped with professional hardware and software, you will have access to Logic Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Sibelius to name a few, which are constantly updated.
dBs Cornwall has the largest Live Room in the South West, with 4 control rooms simultaneously patched in.
You will visit professional mastering studios and see performances in various local venues.
We also have a well-established programme of visiting guest lecturers and speakers who deliver industry based workshops and talks.
Some of the units covered include:*
Studio Recording and Engineering – This unit aims to enable learners to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of studio recording, including factors affecting audio quality, equipment and effective planning of recording sessions.
Computer Music Composition and Production – The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use the music composition, production and audio features made available by modern computers.
Music Composition Techniques – The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use different composition techniques to produce coherent musical compositions.
Applied Music Production Techniques – The aim is to enable learners to research and recreate accepted and innovative studio production techniques before developing a personal approach to music production.
Audio Mastering and Manufacture – The aim of this unit is to enable learners to apply audio mastering skills by preparing recordings for the manufacturing process.
Planning for Public Performance – Planning and running a public event. The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop the skills required to research, plan and manage productions for public music performance.
*subject to approval
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Music Producer
– Events Management
– Sound Design for Film, TV or Games
– Marketing and PR
The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications. Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.
- UCAS Code: 38HW
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
- Course Fee (per annum): £7500
48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply. An audition or portfolio interview will be required.
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Course DocumentsHND DJ & Electronic Music Production
Indicative Module Year 1
- Aural Perception & the Principles of Musical
- Electronic Music Events Management
- Electronic Music Composition Techniques
- Studio Recording & Engineering
- Audio Mastering
- Research & Analysis of Musical Genre
Indicative Module Year 2
- Advanced Synthesis & Sampling Techniques
- Sound System Specification & Operation
- Live Electronic Music Performance
- Major Project
- Work Related Experience Interacting with the
- Critical Music Listening
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
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