COURSE OVERVIEW

If you’re keen to compose and produce music for the thriving television, film and games industries, this specialist hands-on one-year course will provide you with a thorough overview.

Whether you have a particular passion for games, TV or film – or all three – you’ll discover a variety of production and audio composition opportunities on this one-year CertHE programme. With a focus on real-world briefs and weekly tasks drawn directly from industry, you’ll gain the necessary creative and technical skills to develop engaging music and sound of professional quality.

Working with the very best music technology and software, this progressive course will teach you key production techniques such as programming, sampling, synthesis and using plugins.

Covering the foundations of both production and theory, the course takes you through composition, arrangement and musical language. You’ll put what you learn into practice, confidently exercising your creativity across composition design for a variety of media, such as TV series and documentaries, TV commercials, games, film trailers and more. The course provides an impressive overview of the music and wider creative industries, exposing you to the realities of revenue streams, networking, rights, royalties, distribution and entrepreneurship, among many other key topics – all from the point of view of the composer–producer.

On campus at ICMP, you’ll study in our cutting-edge Mac labs and teaching spaces, all of which are fitted out with the highest quality production kit. Professional-standard instruments, controllers, effects units, vocal processors, loop stations, PAs and microphones are all at your disposal.

You won’t be limited to using our equipment during class time either – you can book all ICMP’s facilities free of charge, seven days a week for use outside of timetabled hours. Collaboration with music production students and those from other ICMP programmes is highly encouraged, too. You’ll further solidify your learning with regular ICMP events, such as guest lectures, gigs, masterclasses, careers days, songwriting circles and industry conferences.

Upon completion of the CertHE Music Production for Film, TV and Games, you’ll have developed a professional standard of technical expertise in production and composing – enough to begin a career as a sound designer, composer or producer. If you decide to progress further study, the CertHE offers direct pathways to ICMP’s bachelor’s degrees in music production for film, TV and games, creative musicianship, creative music production or audio engineering and production.

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.

FEES & FUNDING

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: UK Students | EU/EEA/International Students

Please visit our Fees pages for information on access to Student Loans. Students eligible for loans are able to borrow the full course fee for ICMP programmes.

Full Programme Specification 

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Successful completion of programme Cert HE Music Production for Film, TV and Games at ICMP leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education by the University of East London.

Redesigned and Revalidated in 2021 

This course has recently gone through a redesign process with our validating partner UEL, making it one of the most current Music Production degree courses in the UK. Please visit icmp.ac.uk/study-at-icmp/2021-course-redesign for further detail on why we periodically redesign our courses and the benefits this has to you as an ICMP student. 

 

 

UCAS CODES

  • Course Code: CHFG
  • Institution Code: i25

Key facts

  • September 2021: Your learning experience will be primarily onsite, with some non-practical classes taking place online.
  • A highly practical one-year course with the opportunity to enter the second year of a BA programme.
  • Prepare for a career in the music industry as a music producer, sound designer or composer in the games, television or film industries.
  • Grow your skills as a music producer as you evolve your own unique sound.
  • Gain a strong working knowledge of digital audio workstations (DAWs) and a range of industry-standard plugins.
  • Explore modern TV, games and film industry concepts.
  • Engage in weekly real-world tasks, projects and industry briefs.
  • Connect to a wide network of London music industry contacts, ICMP student artists and composer–producer peers.
  • Access ICMP’s professional in-house studios and production facilities outside of class hours.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how the music industry works within the specific context of film, TV and games, and use it to promote your work in the future.

COURSE DETAILS

COURSE MODULES

Across the one-year CertHE Music Production for Film, TV and Games, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the theoretical, technical and creative skills needed for a music production career in the film, TV or games industries. From learning about acoustics and audio theory, to getting creative in ICMP’s industry-standard music production environments, you’ll develop a professional understanding of the way the music industry works and the most effective tools and equipment used by music production practitioners. 

MUSIC FOR THE MOVING IMAGE

This module will introduce you to the world of music composition for different moving image media formats – from film, mobile apps and library music to TV ads, movie trailers, TV episodes and video games. You’ll explore the many ways music can impact and enhance the viewers’ experience of a moving image. You’ll learn arrangement and composition techniques that explore rhythm, melody and harmony, while developing an impressive grounding in music theory. You’ll get to grips with concepts specific to composing for the moving image, like time codes and synchronisation points, and develop an original composition and production video showreel as you create music from real-world briefs and director’s notes.

  • Relationships between image and sound
  • Arrangement techniques
  • Film and media composition workflow techniques
  • Thematic development
  • Exploring melody, harmony and rhythm in film context
  • How to interpret briefs 
  • Genre analysis 
  • Time signatures
  • Bespoke composition
  • Loops for video games

DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS

In this module, you’ll discover Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) – professional-standard music technologies and software tools that you can use to enhance your musical and cinematic vision. Through hands-on exploration and study of industry techniques, you’ll develop skills in audio editing, synthesis, sampling and sequencing. You’ll build confidence in giving and receiving feedback on original work as you collaborate with peers, before implementing tutor-provided insights to advance your own compositions. You’ll also experiment with digital notation software to create scores your fellow ICMP musicians can perform, and learn how sample libraries can help you create authentic-sounding performances.

  • MIDI programming 
  • Understanding virtual instruments (samplers and synths)
  • Sample-based composition 
  • VSTs and hardware sound-making tools 
  • Managing your session files and workflow 
  • Audio processing/time and pitch manipulation 
  • Making cinematic sounding music on a budget 
  • Automation and modulations 
  • Templates 

DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCTION

In a fast-paced studio environment, you’ll learn how to work swiftly and efficiently to meet the needs of the contemporary digital music production industry. You’ll discover the methods and techniques used by well-known sound engineers and established composers to attain industry-standard production skill levels. Using more advanced DAW techniques, practices and workflows, you’ll push your digital music production skills to the next level in this studio-based, hands-on module.

  • Managing DAW video files
  • Advanced templates and routing 
  • Advanced tempo and time signature mapping 
  • Advanced programming for a range of instruments 
  • Collaborating with mix engineers 
  • MIDI and audio connection with external gear
  • Advanced audio editing and processing 
  • Bus processing
  • Multi-channel audio 
  • Balancing 
  • Audio restoration 

CREATIVE SYNTHESIS

This module combines creative techniques with technical exploration and practice, as you begin to design your own synthesiser patches to use across media. You’ll develop an understanding of the vital role of sound designers in creating soundscapes in film, TV and game development, while exploring the different types of synthesis – such as wavetable, FM, subtractive and additive – and synthesiser components like envelopes, oscillators and filters. Get creative with your fellow students as you develop imaginative sound concepts – taking a production portfolio of sound design concepts with you at the end of the course.

  • Subtractive, FM, additive, wavetable, PWM and granular synthesis
  • Creative sound design 
  • Modular synthesis 
  • Creative sampling techniques 
  • Resampling 
  • Layering 
  • Audio FX 
  • Spatialisation  
  • DSP processing 
  • Procedural audio 
  • Dynamics processing 
  • Time manipulation and editing 

MUSIC BUSINESS FOR PRODUCERS

As you prepare for a successful portfolio career in the music industry, it’s important to understand how each area of the industry works and the supporting roles that professional organisations, collection societies and trade bodies play within it. This module explores the core structures and functions of today’s media industries and the current processes, models and practices that surround them. Through seminars, case studies and discussions, you’ll explore business concepts like revenue flow, music industry management and copyright, and start to consider how best to promote yourself as a composer–producer.

  • The role of the composer in media productions 
  • Publishing and recorded music in the modern music industry 
  • Trade bodies and professional membership organisations 
  • The role of collection societies  
  • Media and advertising sectors 
  • Sales, distribution, music rights and royalties 
  • The role of management 
  • Industry transformation and future developments 
  • TV and documentaries 
  • Trailers (film advertising) 
  • Library music 

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught from our campuses 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 and music technology workshops. 

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 campuses, utilising our studios and music tech rooms, along with an 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 CertHE Music Production for Film, TV and Games 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 hours per week:
Semester A: 12hrs • Semester B: 12hrs

Total Teaching, Learning and Assessment hours: 288hrs 

Total self-study hours: 912hrs

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:

17% Written | 33% Practical | 50% Coursework

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

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HOW TO APPLY

 Please apply via the "APPLY NOW" link below.

At any time during the 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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