Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
If you’re looking to establish yourself as a composer or producer of music for the moving image, then this highly relevant and progressive course is just for you. Set against the backdrop of the booming film, television and games industries, you’ll explore audio composition and production requirements within all three media spheres. As you progress across the three years of your course, you’ll develop the technical and creative skills you need to create and produce high-quality music content for the broadcast media world. This highly practical course will see you confidently grasp the spectrum of studio production techniques including recording, signal processing, audio editing, post-production skills, and multichannel mixing and mastering. You’ll delve into theoretical areas of production, including musical language, composition and arrangement, while exploring those concepts in practice across film scoring, composition design for games, spatial 3D audio, Dolby Atmos, and Virtual and Augmented Reality sound design. There will be plenty of opportunity to develop your creative side, with subjects such as sampling and synthesis, and ongoing chances to participate in the worlds of foley and SFX. Lessons take place in ICMP’s state-of-the-art Mac labs, impressive industry-standard recording studios, and teaching spaces solidly equipped with high-quality production kit, including instruments, PAs, microphones, controllers, vocal processors, loop stations, effects pedals and more. Our latest addition to our suite of in-house studios, features the Avid S6 desk, a specialist desk for post-production and sound and music for film, tv and game. Other rooms are equipped with Audient’s 5.1 expansion pack, which powers a complete 5.1 monitoring system from Genelec. All facilities can be booked for personal use outside of class hours, free of charge, seven days a week. The course is highly collaborative, with regular chances to make music with your fellow music production students, or even those across other ICMP programmes. You’ll focus heavily on learning the realities of the music business and wider creative industries, and music entrepreneurship is a major emphasis. In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to choose an area of music production for film, TV and/or games to focus in on, creating a professional production project such as a film soundtrack, audio for a video game, or sound for a TV episode or ad. The project will see you undertaking significant research across your area of expertise and delivering your creative work to a very high production standard. You’ll graduate with the background knowledge, technical skills, creative vision and entrepreneurial spirit to embrace a successful career in the world of film, television and video games audio. PROGRESSION This course will prepare you for a career in the film, TV or games industries in roles such as composer, sound designer, producer, foley artist, supervising sound editor, audio games designer or dubbing mixer. SUBJECT TO VALIDATION This course is subject to validation. For quality assurance and enhancement purposes, our courses go through a rigorous approval stage, known as validation. Validation is not guaranteed and should the course be significantly amended we will contact you and provide assistance to find a suitable alternative.
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) • Sound Design and Theory • Sound For Moving Image • Music Composition and Arranging • Studio Recording Techniques • Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) • Music Industry and Development YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) • Sound Design and Creative Synthesis • Audio Post-Production Workflows • Composing for Film • Audio For Games I • Advanced Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) • Foley and Sound Effects YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) • Audio For Games Ii • Surround Sound Formats and Multichannel Mixing • Audio Mastering • Music Industry Studies • Creative Production Project
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2. ICMP are able to sponsor students that require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK. For more information on the application process contact [email protected]
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information.