COURSE OVERVIEW

If you’re interested in learning to compose and produce music for the always growing and ever-successful television, film and games industries, this hands-on course is the one for you.

Whether you have a particular passion for games, TV or film – or all three – you’ll discover their production and audio composition requirements on this certificate of higher education (CertHE) course. With a career producing or composing music for the moving image in your sights, you’ll gain the necessary creative and technical skills to develop engaging music and sound of professional quality.

This progressive one-year course will equip you with the key techniques of studio production, such as multichannel mixing, digital recording, audio editing, signal processing and post-production skills.

Covering the foundations of production 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 the moving image.

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

You’ll even have the opportunity to use the Avid S6 desk, which features in the newest of our impressive set of in-house studios. This revolutionary desk is ideal for mixing music and sound for games, TV and film.

In other ICMP studios, you’ll have further opportunity to use industry-standard tools such as the Audient 5.1 expansion pack, which drives Genelec’s comprehensive 5.1 surround system.

You won’t be limited to using these during class time either – you can book all ICMP’s facilities free of charge, seven days a week, for your own use outside of timetabled hours.

The Music Production for Film, TV and Games CertHE course encourages you to collaborate with other students studying music production, and across other programmes too. The music and wider creative industries are brought into focus, exposing you to the realities of revenue streams, networking and entrepreneurship, among other key topics. Regular events, such as guest lectures, gigs, masterclasses, careers days, songwriting circles and industry conferences further solidify your learning, preparing you for a career in the world of video games, film and television audio.

You'll complete the course with a sound foundation in composing and producing music for the film, TV and games industries, allowing you to explore employment options as a sound designer, composer, producer, sound editor, foley artist, dubbing mixer or audio games designer. Completion of the programme gives you the opportunity to continue your studies in the second year of the BA (Hons) Music Production for Film, TV and Games degree programme.

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 & EU 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.

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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.

 

UCAS CODES

  • Course Code: CHFG
  • Institution Code: i25

Key facts

  • One-year course with the opportunity to enter a BA programme in the second year.
  • Focused on readying you to enter the music industry as a music producer, sound designer or composer in the games, television or film industries.
  • Taught using the highest quality, professional equipment and facilities.
  • Helps you grow your skills as a music producer, with a good working knowledge of Logic Pro and Pro Tools.
  • Allows you to explore modern TV, games and film industry concepts, including Virtual Reality, spatial 3D, Dolby Atmos, Ambisonics audio and Augmented Reality.
  • Offers the chance to gain experience helping out with in-house recording sessions at ICMP.
  • Builds your creative skills as you work alongside other talented ICMP student artists.
  • Assists you in developing business, networking and entrepreneurial know-how, so you can promote your work in future.
  • Ideally located in central London, allowing you to involve yourself in the music scene and display your talents at various local events.
  • ICMP’s links with the broader music industry in London helps you create an enviable musical network.

COURSE DETAILS

COURSE MODULES

Across the Cert HE Music Production for Film, TV and Games course, you’ll discover the fundamental music theory and practical skills you’ll need to embrace for a successful music production career in the film, TV or games industries. From learning about acoustics and audio theory, to getting creative in the studio, you’ll develop a solid understanding of the way the music industry works and the most effective tools and equipment used by music production practitioners.

SOUND DESIGN AND THEORY

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of audio theory and its behaviour, while gaining an understanding of audio signals, concept of acoustics and the ways in which humans perceive sound. You’ll also conduct audio visual research to explore the effect music can have in audio-visual settings, and will develop and progress your sound design skills.

  • Frequency & Amplitude
  • Audio acoustics and sound behaviour
  • Reflection, refraction, absorption and diffusion
  • Harmonics
  • Phase
  • Equal Loudness Contours
  • Fourier analysis & synthesis
  • Masking
  • Sound localization
  • Psychoacoustics

SOUND FOR MOVING IMAGE

Creating music and sound for the film, Television and games industries is a highly specialised, but rewarding career. This module introduces you to the key sound concepts used across this booming industry, and you’ll be encouraged to explore your creative musical ideas and elevating story through sound while focusing on the relationship between soundtracks and the moving image.

  • Reactive and interactive Relationships between sound and image.
  • How sound effects the viewer.
  • Exploring character, situation and environment in a musical context.
  • Identifying and reinforcing mood
  • Exploring harmony and rhythm in film context
  • Interpreting the brief- The director’s vision
  • The spotting session-Interpreting a common language
  • Bespoke composition vs Production music and sync

Music COMPOSITION AND ARRANGING

Across this module, you’ll explore melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement techniques to gain the fundamental music theory knowledge you need to compose music across a variety of contexts. You’ll then develop your practical composition and arrangement skills by writing to a number of exciting industry briefs.

  • Rhythm and Harmony
  • Creating melody and a top line
  • Arrangement and structure
  • Workflow techniques in film and media composition

STUDIO RECORDING TECHNIQUES

Develop your engineering skills while you record and mix in a large format studio environment. In this module, you’ll learn how to capture and record sound by studying microphone technology and acoustics, and will develop an understanding of the concept of audio signal flow – the stages a sound goes through before you can hear it through speakers.

  • Mic Techniques for  capturing vocals and instruments
  • Recording Session: String / Brass Ensemble
  • Editing & Mixing Ensembles
  • Recording live instruments
  • Drum replacement

Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)

Whether you are creating a mock-up to show a director or creating/mixing the score for commercial use, a DAW is one of the modern media composer/engineers’ greatest tools. This module will introduce you to a range of industry-standard audio software used in recording and composing. You’ll gain an understanding of the technologies used for computer-based music production, covering skills such as sequencing, sampling, audio editing and synthesis. You will be shown how to use sample libraries to create realistic and authentic sounding performances. You’ll also start to investigate using digital notation software and how this can then be provided to musicians to perform.

  • Sample based composition
  • VST’s and hardware sound making tools
  • Audio Processing/ time and pitch manipulation
  • Managing your session files and workflow
  • Making cinematic sounding music on a budget
  • Programming
  • Templates

MUSIC INDUSTRY AND DEVELOPMENT

Across this module, you’ll begin to explore the music business and will start to visualise your personal route into it. Your tutor will provide you with an extensive overview of the way the sector works, while you learn about different music industry roles, revenue streams and career opportunities. Developing your research and writing skills, you’ll start to explore your interest areas and will take your first steps towards forging that much-desired music industry career.  

  • The role of the composer in Film production
  • Royalties and other revenue streams
  • Media and advertising sectors
  • Trailers( film advertising)
  • TV and Documentaries

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.

UCAS code CHFGUni code i25

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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