COURSE OVERVIEW

In the dynamic BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production degree, you’ll learn how to use a range of innovative audio technologies as you collaborate with fellow composers, producers, DJs and sound designers across the course.

Over three years of study on this electronic music course in London, you’ll gain insight into the digital craftsmanship that shapes today’s electronic music scene, as you delve into the multitude of techniques and approaches used by iconic electronic music artists.

Focusing on processing, sampling, synthesis, sound design, mixing and mastering, you’ll achieve profound technical expertise while cultivating your creative and critical thinking, and defining your unique artistic identity as an electronic music producer/artist or performer.

During your time with us, you’ll explore a variety of diverse music delivery methods and cutting-edge computer-based technologies. You’ll gain essential skills in listening, ideation, workflow mastery and project management and, in preparation for a sustainable career in electronic music, discover the revenue streams of today’s ever-changing music landscape.

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On this electronic music production course, you’ll also explore the fundamentals of marketing and branding, creating a marketing plan to propel your career as an electronic music artist or DJ in today’s music and entertainment industry.

Across all three years of your degree, you’ll regularly connect and collaborate with fellow students on the course, and across ICMP’s rich talent pool, to create electronic music compositions and present live performances. You’ll also engage in sessions hosted by guest speakers from the world of electronic music – across creative, technical and business fields – each offering knowledge, wisdom and valuable music industry perspectives, plus suggestions on how to amplify your creative output.

If you’re keen to launch your professional career as an electronic music performer or are looking to get involved in the world of electronic music composition, beat making or sample pack creation, you’ll graduate from our electronic music production school as a confident artist/producer, equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the buzzing world of electronic music production.

FEES & FUNDING 

Taking an event management degree course at ICMP makes financial sense, with the fees for ICMP music degrees the same as those at many traditional universities – making studying music at ICMP in London great value as well as great fun.

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Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production degree leads to the award of Bachelor of Arts degree by The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.*

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Key facts

  • Prepare for a career as an electronic music artist, DJ, producer or sound designer.
  • Develop your knowledge of electronic music performance tools.
  • Explore your sound with ICMP’s extensive and well-maintained hardware and software collections
  • Elevate your skills in mixing, sampling, processing, synthesis sound design and more.
  • Work on real-world mixing projects with esteemed industry experts.
  • Understand promotion, copyright, marketing and branding – all in the context of the electronic music industry.
  • Create a professional music portfolio and marketing plan.
  • Learn from leading electronic music composers, producers and sound designers.
  • Connect with the wider London music industry to build an impressive musical network.
  • Graduate career-ready for a smooth transition into electronic music production and it’s many associated scenes.

COURSE DETAILS

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

In the first year of the BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production degree, you’ll gain an introduction to the world of sampling, mixing techniques and digital music production. You’ll learn from a diverse community of composers, producers and sound designers while investigating the ins and outs of the electronic music scene.

Sound Design - Sampling & Synthesis

Deep diving into the building blocks of electronic music, you’ll take an immersive look at the foundational concepts and hands-on practices driving the expansive world of music production. Whether you’re just starting or building on existing knowledge, you’ll discover the intricacies of synthesis and sampling, exploring both the tactile world of hardware and the limitless possibilities of software.

  • The history of synthesis
  • Virtualisation and integration methods
  • Sequencing
  • Additive and granular synthesis
  • Analogue sampling
  • Digital effects and mixers

MIXING TECHNIQUES

Exploring digital audio workstation (DAW) in-the-box (ITB) mixing techniques, you’ll become proficient at using a range of professional music production hardware and software. You’ll learn how to take your ideas from an initial demo stage to a fully presentable and professional-sounding mix with EQ, dynamics and a range of effects.

  • Introduction to DAW mixing channel layouts
  • Introduction to EQ
  • Using compression to control dynamics
  • Timed, delay and reverb effects 
  • Gates and other insert effects
  • Mix automation 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

In this module, you’ll learn how computer technology is applied to produce contemporary music by exploring the wide range of techniques and methodologies used by different artists. Harnessing the power of industry-standard digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Ableton and Logic Pro, you’ll learn to produce ‘in-the-box’, honing your critical listening skills and enhancing your creative music production talents.

  • MIDI programming and sound sources
  • Understanding virtual instruments, including synths and samplers
  • Envelopes and modulations
  • Subtractive and FM synthesis 
  • Sample layering
  • Frequency and dynamic processing
  • The creative use of audio effects
  • Audio and editing
  •  Automation techniques

CREATIVE PRODUCTION APPROACHES

In this module, you'll delve into the intricate process of music creation, blending analysis, research, and hands-on application. Through a comprehensive exploration, you'll gain insight into pivotal movements and advancements in music production and artistic expression driven by cultural shifts and technological breakthroughs. By dissecting landmark recordings and genre-specific production processes, you'll hone your skills in crafting authentic musical compositions that align with industry standards. Through this inquiry, you'll uncover the essence of landmark production styles that define various genres, unlocking insights into their influence on musical innovation and the valuable
lessons they impart.

 

  • Evolution of Music Technology
  • Digital Music Production Techniques
  • Study of Electronic Musical Genres
  • Production Aesthetics & Sonic Identity
  • Production Strategies
  • Creative Sequencing Techniques
  • Creative Sampling Strategies
  • Underground and Mainstream Culture
  • Frameworks for Music Analysis

Studio Recording Techniques

This module will immerse you in the operations of a professional recording studio, delving into the core principles of studio practice and the essential equipment utilized for music recording in a professional setting. This module investigates studio system design, signal flow, and the array of hardware and software systems employed. Through this exploration, you'll gain insight into how these components synergize to facilitate successful recording projects, enhancing your production capabilities along the way

  • Studio Recording equipment
  •  Stereo recording
  • Multi-microphone recording
  • Drum recording
  • Microphone Polar patterns
  • Gain structure
  • Modern microphone techniques.
  • Critical listening and analysis

MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCERS

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the core structures and functions of the modern music industry. As you examine current industry models, processes and practices, you’ll also look at how the creative and business worlds interact. In the context of electronic music production, you’ll investigate music copyright and the roles played by collection societies, professionals and organisations. You’ll also gain an insight into the revenue streams available to you, and the inter-relationships between each area of the industry – recorded music, live music and music publishing.

  • Music industry membership organisations and trade bodies  
  • The role of music collection societies 
  • What is artist management?
  • The A&R process
  • Music marketing and promotion
  • Music sales, distribution, rights and royalties
  • The future of the music industry

Your second year is a chance to delve into the finer details of electronic music production – from studying advanced mixing techniques to learning how to perform live as a DJ. You’ll hone your music production skills and discover how to market yourself as an emerging artist on the electronic music scene.

MODULAR SYNTHESIS AND SOUND DESIGN

Diving into the expansive world of sound design, you’ll learn about this vibrant and rapidly expanding area of the music industry. Building on the foundational skills from the first-year Synthesis and Sampling module, you’ll explore module synthesis and its integral role in sound design principles.

  • Physics of sound
  • Synthesiser Signal flow
  • Synthesiser types (Subtractive, Additive, Frequency Modulation (FM), Wavetable, granular etc)
  • Synthesis & sampling
  • Use of effects

 

ADVANCED MIXING TECHNIQUES

In this practical module, you’ll deepen your artistic and technical approach, benchmarking your work against commercial quality standards. Building on Year 1’s Mixing Techniques, you’ll investigate mixing as a separate entity with an artistic and aesthetic foundation, honing your mixes and unique sound, and applying critical listening skills to produce a final creative product that stands out.

  • The Mixing Process
  • Mixing Large Multi-track Sessions 
  • Advanced Dynamic and Spectral processing
  • Time-Based effects
  • Serial and parallel compression
  • Controlling Space, depth, width in a mix
  • Subgroup and mix bus processing

ADVANCED DIGITAL PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

Building on the foundation of Year 1’s Digital Music Production module, you’ll extend your skills working with industry-standard DAWs such as Ableton Live. Along the way, you’ll study a variety of advanced techniques and methodologies used by established producers, while learning how to use software as an instrument. By the end of the module, you’ll be able to confidently develop, mix and deliver original digitally produced material using modern music production techniques.

  • ReWire systems 
  • How to connect external gear to MIDI and audio
  • Pitch correction, bus processing and audio restoration
  • Advanced audio editing skills
  • Advanced sampling and synthesis techniques
  • Aggregate devices

Creative Practices - Remixing

The Creative Practices: Remix module is designed to cultivate your own distinct sonic identity, particularly when collaborating with top-line vocals. Throughout this module, you'll delve into diverse production methodologies and innovative creative approaches. We'll explore the concept of remixing, both within the music industry and in broader cultural contexts, as a means of creative revitalization. By exploring how 'remixing' manifests across various creative mediums, we'll explore creative approaches to recontextualise and reimagine musical pieces. This module serves as a strategic preparation for real-world scenarios encountered in the professional sphere.

  • Critical Listening and Production Analysis
  • Cultural Impact of Remixing
  • Aesthetics and Creative Intent
  • Production Strategies
  • Advanced Vocal Production Techniques
  • Composition Techniques & Remixing
  • Advanced Techniques in Drum Programming
  • Sampling, and Resampling
  • Innovative Use of Effects, Automation
  • Arrangement and Structure
  • Finalisation a production

MARKETING & Branding FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCERS

Explore the fundamental principles and tools of marketing and branding, while creating a marketing plan for yourself as a creative music producer. In this module, you’ll examine traditional theories and contemporary approaches, developing an understanding of consumer behaviour and how consumer-driven strategies can be used to solve real-world problems. You’ll also explore the concept of ‘creatives’ as a brand, considering areas like brand partnerships and commerce versus credibility.   

  • Environmental and competitor analysis
  • The different methods of market research
  • The difference between products and brands 
  • The product development lifecycle
  • The 4Ps and 7Ps of the marketing mix
  • How to build an online presence 
  • Music industry digital marketing, social media, viral marketing and PR

ELECTRONIC MUSIC PERFORMANCE

This module aims to equip you with the skills to seamlessly translate your current music production expertise into a live performance setting. This module explores diverse methods for producing captivating, fluid, and technically innovative live electronic performances. Throughout this module, you will engage with hardware devices, controllers and a variety of live performance technology. The module will enhance your level of musicianship and allow you to utilise a range of production-based skills in a live performance setting to produce your own unique performances. Live performances encompass a variety of forms, including DJ sets, live electronic ensembles, dubbing & Looping, Noise & feedback, and audio/visual performances.

  • Material Pre-Production and Preparation
  • Equipment & Connection
  • Live Performance Hardware
  • MIDI controllers and mapping
  • Live Beat Making, Looping & Remixing
  • Live Dubbing & Multi-channel Playback
  • Live Performance Effects
  • Backing tracks & metronomes
  • Designing Live Set
  • Researching Electronic Live Acts
  • Controlled Improvisation Techniques
  • Use of Audio Technology, visuals and interactive media.
  • Adaptation Production Work for Performance
  • Collaboration with an Ensemble

In your final year, you’ll embrace advanced electronic music production techniques and practices, learning everything you need to know about becoming an electronic music producer and/or performer. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of business practices while learning how to critically analyse music to a high level. You’ll also complete a major production project, graduating ICMP with the experience, foundational skills and portfolio necessary to break into the music business as a producer or performer.

ADVANCED SOUND DESIGN

In this module, which is a natural continuation from Year 2’s Modular Synthesis and Sound Design unit, you’ll use advanced hardware and software synthesis systems to develop electronic sounds for use in live performance and electronic music production. You’ll enhance your ability to design, reconstruct and recompose technologies, as you expertly engineer sophisticated sonic textures and landscapes.

  • Advanced DAW techniques
  • Audio manipulation tools and techniques
  • Reamping
  • 360-degree audio mixing
  • Custom analogue and digital effect chains
  • Reaktor patch creation
  • Additive and FM synthesis
  • Mixing in Dolby Atmos

MASTERING TECHNIQUES

In recent years, mastering has undergone innovative changes, making it even more important for music production professionals to understand how to work in this area. Building on your skills from the Advanced Sound Design module, you’ll produce a fully polished piece of creative work and gain a solid understand of the techniques needed to mix and master both single tracks and album projects. 

  • Explore listening skills and mastering techniques
  • How to use appropriate referencing material
  • Working with stereo
  • Signal processing
  • EQ techniques
  • Dynamic processing
  • Loudness using clippers and limiters 
  • Advanced metering
  • Metadata and International Standard Recording Codes (ISRCs)

Creative Production Project

With support from your tutors, you’ll undertake a major project of your own choice across this double module, employing a combination of research methods, practice as research, project planning and management. Your major project should explore advanced, contemporary and experimental music production techniques and could be an album, live production performance, multi-media composition, installation or something else entirely. Whichever medium you decide upon, you’ll graduate with a substantial piece of creative work to showcase as you launch your electronic music production portfolio career.   

  • Explore creative music production techniques
  • Discover artistic research methods 
  • Develop a personalised production identity      
  • Take part in audio–visual composition workshops
  • Learn how to present work and ideas

Innovation in Music Production

Throughout this module, you will embark on an exploration of innovation within music production, delving into a myriad of processes, practices, and techniques employed by creative music producers and practitioners. By studying a diverse range of historical and contemporary figures in music production, you will immerse yourself in various musical contexts, seeking inspiration and insight into innovative approaches. Moreover, you will engage in hands-on experimentation, crafting and refining your own innovative techniques to push the boundaries of music production. Through critical reflection and analysis, you will cultivate a deep understanding of how innovation shapes the evolution of the creative music producer, ultimately forging your own path of sonic exploration and discovery

  • Defining Innovation
  • Ontology of music production
  • Innovations in Electronic Music Production Technology
  • Innovation in Electronic Music Production Practices
  • Music, AI & Algorithmic Composition
  • Linear vs none-linear Composition
  • Innovation and Spatial Fabrication
  • Spatial Audio Technologies

BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCERS

Gain a detailed understanding of entrepreneurial pursuits within modern music and the broader global creative industries. In this inspirational module, you’ll focus on creative problem-solving and learn about the business issues faced by creative producers working in the live, recorded and project-based sectors. You’ll also explore business models in the profit, non-profit and international markets, including the unique practices used by sub-Saharan businesses. You’ll also cover topics including fundraising, sustainability, team building, brand awareness and governance.  

  • Grassroots approaches to tackling sector problems 
  • Funding, subsidy and sustainability
  • Establishing an organisation, building teams and growing project support
  • Audience development and engagement
  • Style, genre and approach in non-Western creative industries   
  • Comparing profit vs non-profit pursuits

TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

While studying the BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production course at our London campuses, you'll learn in our classrooms, lecture theatres, tech suites and in-house music venues. As a student at ICMP, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art facilities outside of class time to rehearse and mix whenever you feel the need. 

For support and advice around issues such as welfare, personal development, finance, safeguarding and more, you can contact ICMP’s Student Services Department.

You’ll also have access to our Professional Development team ‘The Hub’, where you’ll receive expert career advice and a backstage pass to industry opportunities tailored to kickstart your career.

Teaching and Learning

On the BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production degree, you’ll be taught through a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small tutorial groups, workshops, hands-on music technology tutorials, group work and student-led performances and DJ sets.

When you’re not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you'll continue to learn through self-study. Typically, this will involve library research, reading books and articles, working on solo and group projects and preparing coursework assignments. You’ll have access to our excellent learning facilities, including the ICMP Learning Resource Centre, our high-tech recording suites, and many practice and performance rooms.

In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops for typically 10-12 hours a week, you’ll also have personalised one-to-one tutorials scheduled throughout the year. 

You'll undertake more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but can typically expect 8-10 hours of timetabled classes per week in your second year and 6-8 hours of timetabled classes per week in your third year.

Assessment

Your knowledge and thinking will be assessed through reports, workbooks, presentations, essays, examinations and recordings. Your practical skills will be assessed through recordings, performance, composition and practical examinations, and your skills for life and work will be assessed through project pitches, coursework and presentations.

 

The assessment breakdown of this programme is still to be confirmed, however it is expected to be broken down as follows:

Year 1: 17% Written | 17% Practical | 66% Coursework
Year 2: 100% Coursework
Year 3: 17% Practical | 83% Coursework

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Potential students should have A levels, a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, an International Baccalaureate equivalent to 80 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma.

Applicants typically hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English and Maths, or a suitable equivalent such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

At ICMP, we welcome you to apply if you’re a mature candidate who doesn’t have formal qualifications but can demonstrate your suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

If you’re an international student, please check that you hold a relevant equivalent qualification with our Admissions team. You should also have an English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2.

All applicants will be invited to attend an audition/interview.

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