BA (Hons)
Undergraduate - Level 4,5 & 6

Electronic Music Production

Online
Subject to validation

An industry-focused BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production degree designed to equip you with the skills needed to create, produce and perform high-quality electronic music.

Key Information
  • Where can I study?
    Bristol / Manchester / Plymouth
  • Start Date
    September 2024
  • Study Modes
    Full-Time
  • Course Length
    3 Years
  • UK/Home Fees (Per Year)
    £9,250
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Electronic Music Production

Course Overview

Our industry-focused degree course in Electronic Music Production covers essential and advanced composition and production techniques, giving you the skills to produce high-quality electronic music at a professional level. The course embraces a diverse range of styles and genres, welcoming aspiring producers from all musical backgrounds. You’ll get hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including synthesisers, effects processors, controllers and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) including Ableton and Logic Pro. As well as developing your skills in processing, sampling, mixing, and mastering, you’ll experiment with live electronic performance technologies and explore how to create your own immersive audio experiences.

But this course isn't just about technical skills, you’ll explore idea generation, workflow, and project management, which will enable you to be productive with your skills and prepare you for a career in the music industry. You will also learn about the various revenue streams available in the music industry, equipping you with the skills needed to take advantage of these revenue streams and helping you to identify new opportunities for income generation.

Throughout your studies you’ll have access to a substantial guest lecture programme with topics ranging from demonstration and instruction in new technology to personal viewpoints and techniques from experienced professional practitioners.

This course is taught by the dBs Institute and awarded by Access Creative College

If you’re based in or hoping to study in London, this course is available to study with Access Creative London.

This course is taught by the dBs Institute and awarded by Falmouth University

Course Details

You will study a total of 18 modules, including a final major project. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes.

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Year Overview

Year 1

Module Breakdown

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental skills that make a great electronic music producer through practical and theoretical study. You’ll grow as a composer and producer, exploring new techniques in mixing, synthesis and sound design and deepen your understanding of the variety of ways that an electronic music producer can forge a career in the audio industry.

Year 2

In Year 2, you will expand upon the core techniques and theories learned in year 1 and begin to develop a more advanced set of skills. You’ll be introduced to hardware production and how that differs from producing in-the-box, explore the innovative world of immersive audio and how this can translate into your own works, and develop your live performance skills. Your industry knowledge will grow through the examination and completion of commercial projects and you’ll conduct a research project which will provide the foundations for one of your final year projects.

Year 3

In year 3, you will have the opportunity to channel everything you’ve learned in the first two years into a series of larger projects that are directly linked to your niche within electronic music production. You’ll be given the freedom to identify, research and realise a project that resonates with your passions and specialisms, alongside a more experimental and innovative approach to music/sound creation. You will also produce an extended research project, which can take the form of either a full written dissertation or a practical research project.

How You'll Learn

You will be developing your core sound as an electronic producer, learning the fundamentals of audio production and recording through a mixture of DAW and studio-based sessions. You will become adept with a range of hardware instruments and controllers, and nurture your live performance skills through practice-based workshops, and learn to evaluate and improve your work through both group and individual tutorials. Regular learning will come from lectures, seminars and our Virtual Learning Environment. In addition your learning will be supported by:

  • Lectures and practical workshops
  • Masterclasses and guest lectures
  • Group and 1-2-1 tutorials
  • Access to extensive studio facilities and bookable equipment
  • Use of library resources and study spaces
  • Access to our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Access to supporting online resources including videos, reading and interactive activities

Assessments are 100% coursework, submitted in an electronic format to our virtual learning environment, and designed to reflect professional practice.

On average you should allow for between 40 - 50 hours per week for your studies of which approximately 25% will be taught (c.10 hours) and 75% will be self-study.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

Applying for this course is easy! Simply click the "Apply" button below to submit your application directly through our website.
A member of our Admissions Team will then be in touch to discuss your suitability for the course, your interests and to arrange an interview.

Applications for undergraduate degrees are made through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply online through the UCAS website.

Please note that the UCAS 'on-time' application deadline for equal consideration is 31st January 2024.

UCAS Codes
Campus
Course Code
Campus Code
Institution Code
Manchester
W365
J
F33
Plymouth
W356
E
F33
Bristol
W355
D
F33

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For detailed information on how to apply please take a look at our guide to making an application.

Why Choose dBs

Here at dBs Institute, we pride ourselves on creating a learning environment that reflects the industry that you want to work in. Our state-of-the-art facilities ensure that you are working on professional-grade equipment; our course leaders have years of industry experience to draw from and we foster a community of students and staff that inspires and encourages collaboration. Throughout your studies and beyond, we will also provide you with career support and guidance to reach your future goals.

Facilities

Our 8.1 Spatial Audio Lab
Bristol
Our 8.1 Spatial Audio Lab
Mixing in our Dolby Atmos suite
Manchester
Mixing in our Dolby Atmos suite
Our Solid State Logic Duality Delta mixing desk
Bristol
Our Solid State Logic Duality Delta mixing desk
Mic'ing up drums in the Studio 6 live room
Bristol
Mic'ing up drums in the Studio 6 live room
Hands-on with hardware synths and controllers
Plymouth
Hands-on with hardware synths and controllers
Spinning a record on our Technics 1210 turntable
Plymouth
Spinning a record on our Technics 1210 turntable
A hardware synth performance in Studio 3
Bristol
A hardware synth performance in Studio 3
Producing electronic music in our production suite
Plymouth
Producing electronic music in our production suite
Students making music in the production suite
Bristol
Students making music in the production suite
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    Why Choose a Online
    Degree at dBs

    Our online master's degrees offers a high-quality, immersive, and community-driven learning experience, led by industry experts who are passionate about their craft. With 24/7 access to course materials and resources, you can learn at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Plus, our hands-on projects will equip you with practical skills necessary for a successful career in the music industry.
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    Flexible study

    Enjoy the freedom to fit your learning around you. For online students, course content – other than one-to-one sessions – will be available to access whenever suits you. Video materials that have been created for online students will also be made available to students that select to study on-site.

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    Learn from the pros

    You will learn from tutors whose expertise extends across production, composition, sound design, sound engineering, label management, marketing and promotion.

    You’ll also have access to our extensive guest lecture programme, giving you the chance to meet leading industry professionals – ranging from respected producers and performers to specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies.

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    Industry Connections

    As a student of this course, you will be encouraged to apply for placements and opportunities with dBs Pro, our in-house creative audio company.
    This will allow you to further your experience and apply the skills you have been honing, as well as showcase your skills to clients and develop your creative own links in the industry.

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      Opportunities

      Engaging with our industry

      In our 20+ year history, we’ve built a strong network of contacts across the creative industries, that include AMS Neve, Solid State Logic, Avid and many more.

      Career support

      We strive to equip our students with the skills and opportunities to secure roles across the creative industries, and this goal underpins the student experience at dBs Institute.

      dBs Pro

      dBs Pro is a creative audio company with a difference - it’s dedicated to providing our students with real-world experience alongside their studies.

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