The CertHE Creative Music Production is a highly practical course intended for those looking to begin a career as a professional music producer.

Over the course of one year, we’ll guide you through a fun and exciting personalised journey where you’ll explore the world of music production across live, studio and digital music making settings.

Classes take place in ICMP’s high-tech Mac Labs, 24-track recording studio and dedicated teaching spaces, using industry-standard hardware and software. Your highly esteemed music production tutors will train you in the use of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, so on completion of the course you’ll have a proficient working knowledge of these music production tools and will be able to operate them effectively in a professional setting.

Alongside developing your musical creativity and technical know-how, the CertHE Creative Music Production will give you the interpersonal, business and entrepreneurial skills needed to broaden your musical horizons and progress your career as a music producer. You’ll have regular opportunities to collaborate with both fellow music production students and vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers and songwriters also studying at ICMP. You’ll instantly be a part of ICMP’s dynamic learning community, where you can build your personal and professional network, working in real-world settings and linking with the music industry.

ICMP’s incredible facilities can be booked outside of class hours for personal use, free of charge, seven days a week, meaning you’ll have instant access to the very best kit to progress your creativity and talent as a music producer, including writing rooms and studios, instruments, synths, drum machines, controllers, loop stations, vocal processors and effects pedals, microphones and more.

At the end of your time with us, you’ll have gained a solid understanding of the practical elements of music production and recording, as well as a firm idea of the way the music industry operates, and a sense of music’s place throughout history and in the wider world. You’ll also possess good networking skills, a great list of contacts and the necessary drive to get started in the music industry.

September 2021: What you can expect...

In September 2021, we will be returning to a primarily onsite, face-to-face learning experience. All subjects and classes that are best suited to face-to-face delivery – such as performance activity, studio classes and other practical workshops – will be timetabled into the appropriate teaching spaces at our campuses. All of these sessions will be socially-distanced and properly ventilated. In order to facilitate socially-distanced learning, we have reduced our group sizes to a maximum of 13 and, because of the consequent need to run more sessions, some learning activity will take place online. We have listened to student feedback and only planned online delivery for those subjects and classes that work well in this mode, such as lectures and discussion seminars. This blend of onsite and online education will ensure we can facilitate the highest quality of learning and teaching, whilst ensuring the ongoing safety of all students and staff.


Studying music at ICMP in London is great value, as well as great fun, with fees for our music courses the same as those at many traditional universities.

2021/22 Course Fees: £9,250 (UK Students) | £13,000 (International Students)

Please visit our Fees page for information on access to Student Loans, UK students eligible for Loans are able to borrow the full course fee for ICMP programmes.

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Successful completion of programme Cert HE Creative Music Production at ICMP leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education by the University of East London.

Redesigned for 2021
Please note, this page contains a description of the course as currently delivered, and aspects will change before the start of the 2021 academic year. The course has recently gone through a redesign process with our validating partner UEL. Please visit for further detail on why we periodically redesign our courses and the benefits this has to you as an ICMP student. The information on this page will be updated in due course to reflect the changes that have occurred, all students and applicants will be notified of these changes.




Key facts

  • September 2021: Your learning experience will be primarily onsite, with some non-practical classes taking place online.
  • Taught in a professional music production environment using high-tech industry-standard facilities.
  • Develops your practical music production skills, giving you a strong working knowledge of Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live
  • Fosters your creative music production skills through regular collaboration with fellow student artists from ICMP’s rich artist pool.
  • A personalised learning experience which prepares you for a portfolio career within music and the wider creative industries.
  • The London location provides opportunities to showcase your music production talents at top London events while immersing yourself in the global music scene.
  • High-quality teaching by music production professionals in a creative and inspiring learning environment.
  • A high level of contact teaching hours, delivered in small groups.
  • 121 with tutor


Course Modules

As a CertHE Creative Music Production student, you’ll learn from an experienced and committed faculty of leading educators and top professional music producers who have developed the curriculum in line with the demands of today’s dynamic music industry. You’ll be encouraged to interact and network with professional musicians and experienced industry practitioners and will engage in a wide variety of musical activities both inside and outside of class, including showcase events and public performance opportunities. Modules you’ll study include:


This module will consider how computer technology is used to produce contemporary music. Using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live, you’ll develop music programming and production techniques, including synthesis and sampling, alongside the development of critical listening skills.


You’ll explore the fundamentals of audio theory within the context of a professional music recording studio. By learning how to use industry-standard recording and production equipment, you’ll become proficient with both recording and engineering (editing and sound production) processes.

Music Culture, Context and Criticism

On this module, you’ll be introduced to effective ways of recognising and interpreting the development of popular music genres and will develop the skills necessary to justify intellectual positions using critical texts and resources. The module utilises the University of East London’s ‘Skills Curriculum’ as a core framework for investigating, analysing and critiquing current debates and theories relating to the context within which popular music is produced, performed and consumed.


This module will equip you with the skills to write and perform a repertoire of original compositions and remixes. You’ll begin to progress writing, composition and remixing techniques aligned with the role of the creative producer. Alongside this, you’ll develop a practical approach to exploring your creativity, and will gain a deeper understanding of the history and context of creative composition and production.


You will be taught at our campus in Kilburn and Queen's Park, utilising our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities as well as classrooms and lecture rooms. You will have access to use these facilities outside of class time while you are a student at ICMP in order to rehearse and record your music. 

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group tutorials, performance workshops, music technology workshops tutorials and one to one instrumental tuition. 

In September students will experience a primarily onsite, face-to-face learning experience, with some non-practical classes delivered online. Onsite lessons will be taught at our Kilburn campus , utilising our live performance rooms and extensive range of music equipment/instruments. Online lessons will be taught via Microsoft Teams.  

You can expect to experience two days per week (approximately 11 hours) of onsite, face-to-face teaching. The remainder of your timetable (typically 3-4 hours each week) will be delivered online through a combination of Canvas (our online central learning environment) and Microsoft Teams. 

You will have access to the Student Services Department for support and advice concerning welfare, finance, personal development, safeguarding etc. You'll also have access to our Professional Development team ‘The Hub, who provide bespoke music industry careers advice and access to unique industry opportunities.

As a student of UEL you will also enjoy access to a range of UEL facilities, including the 24/7 multimedia libraries, with over 300,000 books, journals, audio-visual resources and archives, 500 electronic books and 25,000 electronic journals and databases. 

Read more about our blended-delivery model for September 2021.

Teaching and Learning

On the Cert HE Creative Music Production programme you will be taught through a variety of lectures, seminar, workshops and demonstrations.

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you'll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, and preparing coursework assignments.Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including our Learning Resource Centre, our many performance and practice rooms, and well-equipped tech suites.

Throughout the duration of your course your time will be split as follows:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment hours per year: 420hrs

Self-study hours per year: 780hrs


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:

65% Practical
35% Coursework


Applicants will typically have A Levels, BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma, or International Baccalaureate equivalent to 48 UCAS points, or an ICMP Higher Diploma.

In addition, you should hold a GCSE Grade C or 4 or above in English, or suitable equivalent, such as Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Adult Literacy/Numeracy.

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.

We also welcome applications from mature applicants who may have no formal qualifications but can demonstrate their suitability for study through appropriate skills and experience.

All applicants will be invited to audition.

UCAS code W374Uni code i25


 Please apply via  the "APPLY NOW" link  below.

At any time during application process if you need help or further advice just contact our Admissions team who will be happy to assist you. 

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