Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
If you’re keen to launch a professional recording studio career as an audio engineer or music producer, this course teaches you everything you need to know to an advanced level. You’ll become competent at using the latest specialist studio equipment and technology, and will be confident working with musicians and artists to produce the highest quality recordings across a range of recording studio environments. Despite being highly practical, this course isn’t afraid to explore the more theoretical concepts of audio engineering and music production, such as musical language, acoustics and psychoacoustics. These notions are used as a base to explain the more functional areas of the industry, including studio design, audio signal analysis and processing, microphone technology and application, live sound reinforcement and capture, and modular synthesis. Spending plenty of time in ICMP’s cutting-edge recording studios over the three years of your course, you’ll become an advanced post-production professional, studying elements including ambisonics, binaural recording, spacial and multichannel mixing, ADR and dialogue audio editing, and Dolby Atmos. Lessons take place in ICMP’s state-of-the-art recording studio facilities and Mac labs, and all teaching spaces and rehearsal rooms are equipped with high quality production equipment. Gear includes top-of-the-range instruments, microphones, controllers, PAs, loop stations, vocal processors, effects pedals and more. Facilities can be booked outside of class hours for personal use, free of charge, seven days a week. The course is highly collaborative, with regular chances to make music with your audio engineering and music production peers, or even those across other ICMP programmes. You’ll participate in real-world music events across all three years of your course, including masterclasses, gigs, songwriters’ circles, guest lectures, industry conferences, careers days and more. In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to choose an area of your course to explore in more detail, creating a professional production project such as an EP, creative collaboration or live performance piece harnessing your audio engineering and music production skills. You’ll graduate with the theoretical knowledge, music business know-how, creative drive and a whole host of advanced technical skills to successfully launch a career in audio engineering or music production. PROGRESSION This course will prepare you for a professional recording studio career in roles such as audio engineer, music producer, mastering engineer, mixing engineer, recording engineer and more. 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) • Theory of Sound and Audio Signal processing • Microphone Technology and Recording Techniques • Mixing Techniques • Musical Language, Communication and Practice • Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) • Music Business, Entrepreneurship and Professional Skills YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) • Sound Design and Creative Audio Synthesis • Studio Recording Techniques • Audio Editing and Post-Production • Advanced Mixing Techniques • Advanced Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) • Live Sound Engineering YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) • Recording Studio Design and Acoustics • Advanced Studio Recording Techniques • Audio Mastering • Music Entrepreneurship for Producers • Creative Production Project
How to apply
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15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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]
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Fees and funding
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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.