Diploma in Music Production and Live Sound Events

Overview

This vocational diploma pathway is available in both two-year and one-year course options.  The two-year option is equivalent to three A Levels (Age: 16+), whilst our one-year ‘fast track’ diploma is equivalent to two A Levels (Age: 17+).

These courses are designed to develop your skills in Music Production, Live Sound, Music Business & Events.  You’ll learn to record and produce music in the studio and on stage, as well as organising and promoting your own events, giving you a wider understanding of the music industry and of how to get music out to an audience.

You will develop essential studio and live sound skills, including DAW music production, studio production and live sound.  In addition to this, you will hone skills in backline technician support, tour and event management.

You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel passionate about, collaborating creatively with fellow musicians, producers and entrepreneurs, to begin connecting to the music industry.  As a BIMM student, many exciting networking opportunities will come your way, from gig opportunities to masterclasses with globally successful industry professionals – your career in music starts here!

Throughout the course you will be supported and guided toward your future career and study goals by expert tutors and prominent music industry professionals, providing you with a holistic view of the music industry and the way it operates.

Studying on the diploma is a great way to take your first steps into the music industry.  A course like this can either kickstart your career or provide a valuable foundation for study at a higher level by progressing onto one of the BIMM degree courses, such as the BA (Hons) Music Production, the BA (Hons) Music Business or the BA (Hons) Event Management.

All UK and EU students must be aged 16-18 to be eligible for fully funded course fees, subject to meeting ESFA conditions of funding.

So, what are you waiting for?  To make your way as a music professional, connect with us and we will connect you to a life in music.

Awarded by:

Free to UK & EU students age 18 or under
(subject to academic requirements)

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Modules

Year 1 Subsidiary Diploma/Fast Track Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Extended Studies

    Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and all things related in a wider context.

  • Production

    A music producer holistically directs the creative music process from initial idea, through development, recording and processing through to mixing and mastering the final product. In this session you will study the art of what it is to be a Music Producer.

  • Live Sound Production

    This lesson covers all areas of live sound production, from monitor engineering skills to mic selection and placement. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice using a full range of professional equipment.

  • Live Event Management

    Live events are one of the most diverse and exciting aspects of the music industry and in this lesson you’ll learn how to plan and run your own shows. You’ll be shown how to organise, budget, promote and manage events, and given valuable experience so you’re able to go out and do this for yourself.

  • Live Sound Theory

    You’ll develop the skills needed to analyse and understand live sound. This unit will link closely to your ear training lesson, together they will underpin the practical skills that you’ll be developing in your Live Sound Production session.

  • Backline Tech

    It is very important for a live sound engineer to develop a solid understanding of the various instruments being used on stage and also to understand how they are amplified and/or interfaced with a sound system. In this class you will also learn how to carry out basic maintenance, repairs gaining a more detailed knowledge on many different aspects of backline.

  • Studio Skills

    The studio is very different to the stage, and with it comes a whole new set of skills. This is the lesson where you’ll learn how to set up, record and manage a successful recording session.

  • Music Industry Career Development (fast track module)

    In this year’s classes, you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

  • Research and Investigation (fast track module)

    This lesson offers students the chance to undertake an investigation critically analysing an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic study skills that will help you for higher academic studies.

  • Work Based Learning (fast track module)

    Work based learning is an integral part of vocational study. Over the programme of study you will plan and reflect upon industry work placements relevant to your own learning aims and long-term Music industry aspirations.

Year 2 Extended Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Extended Studies

    Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and all things related in a wider context.

  • Live Sound

    This lesson covers all areas of live sound production, from monitor engineering skills to mic selection and placement. Building upon your studio recording knowledge from last year, you’ll now work on your mixing and production skills.

  • Recording Theory

    You’ll focus heavily on the theories and techniques behind recording. This lesson will lead into Recording Practice which is where you’ll get your chance to try out the theories you’ve learnt.

  • Recording Practice

    The Recording Practice lesson will be where you get to put your theoretical knowledge into practice. This lesson will give you experience of the recording process and develop your skills as an engineer.

  • Production Techniques

    This lesson builds on the recording knowledge that you developed in Year 1, enhancing your mixing and production skills and taking a very practical, hands-on approach to music production.

  • Tour Management

    Tour Management lessons are where you’ll build upon the event management skills learnt in Year 1. You will look at what it takes to manage a tour and get a chance to put some of these new skills into practice in running events.

  • Research and Investigation

    This lesson offers students the chance to undertake an investigation critically analysing an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic study skills that will help you for higher academic studies.

  • Music Industry Career Development

    In this year’s classes, you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

The option modules advertised as available for BIMM Institute courses are subject to variation dependant on minimum student numbers and the availability of specialist resources at each college (Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail).

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Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

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Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry, or can continue their study with a BA (Hons) in Event Management or BA (Hons) in Music Production.

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All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an interview call 08442 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an individual interview.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
1 and 2 year options
Awarding institution:
RSL
Teaching institution:
BIMM Brighton
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Exit Award) Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners (Final Award) Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (Final Award)
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.
Location:
Falmer Campus

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