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.

Apply to study at ICMP via UCAS

UK Students - Apply via UCAS

If you’d like to study with us next year, then you’ll need to start thinking about submitting your UCAS application. The deadline for degree applications is 6pm, Wednesday 15th January 2021. UCAS codes for this programme are:  Course Code: CHFG | Institution Code: i25
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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: £9,250 (UK & EU 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 Music Production for Film, TV and Games at ICMP leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education by the University of East London*.

*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.

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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, you’ll explore the basics of music production and audio engineering – both from a practical and theoretical point of view. You’ll investigate concepts like critical listening and signal processing while exploring hands-on techniques used in the recording studio such as audio editing, sequencing and microphone technology. After your year with us, you’ll have a strong idea of the music production and audio engineering career options you’re keen to pursue, and a knowledge of the music industry to help you achieve your employment ambitions.

THEORY OF SOUND AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING

Introducing you to the central principles of audio theory and its behaviour across this module you’ll begin to understand audio signals and how humans comprehend sound. You’ll learn to manipulate and process audio using a number of different effects and audio signal processors. By the end, you’ll be able to operate key recording studio equipment confidently in a professional audio environment.

  • Using the recording console
  • Amplitude
  • Sample rates
  • Evolution of recording equipment
  • Bit depth
  • Frequency
  • Decibels
  • Signal chain
  • AD/DA conversion

MICROPHONE TECHNOLOGY AND RECORDING TECHNIQUES

This module introduces you to the physics behind microphone technology, and the skills you’ll need to use professional equipment in a recording studio environment. Operating industry-standard software and hardware, you’ll record a selection of sound sources and gain practical knowledge of how assorted microphone types behave. You’ll explore dynamic, ribbon and condenser microphones, and the advantages and disadvantages of each variety. You’ll also cover single and multitrack recording, audio capture and critical listening skills. By the end of the module, you’ll have a strong understanding of how the decisions you make can affect the aesthetic of your recordings.

  • Polar patterns
  • Phasing
  • Basic piano recording techniques
  • Basic bass and guitar recording techniques
  • Basic vocal recording techniques
  • Basic drum recording techniques
  • Organising a session
  • Being a recording assistant
  • Microphone types
  • Frequency responses
  • Signal flow
  • Headphone mixes for musicians
  • Fault finding

MIXING TECHNIQUES

This module will teach you the skills you need to be a proficient mixing engineer and a range of creative mixing techniques to help you create your sonic signature. You’ll confidently use professional industry-standard software and hardware, such as a variety of plug-ins which can help you structure your sound and mixes in an expert way.

  • Stereo placement
  • Low end mixing
  • Mid-range placement
  • Mixing highs
  • Compression overview
  • Understanding EQ
  • Side chaining
  • Spatial FX
  • Submixing
  • Using send/returns
  • Automation
  • Summing
  • Integrating digital sounds with live instrumentation

MUSICAL LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND PRACTICE

This module gives you the skills and tools you need as a well-rounded music producer to communicate with musicians in a recording studio. By analysing key modern music genres, you’ll study topics including harmony, melody and arranging. You’ll also progress your critical listening skills, compositional ability and research capabilities. By the end, you’ll have developed the base skills you need to become a well-rounded music producer and sound engineer.

  • Basics of music theory
  • Toplining
  • Collaboration
  • Production tasks
  • Songwriting tasks
  • Producer etiquette
  • Performer direction
  • Creating instrumentals

DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS (DAW)

During this module, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the technologies and equipment used in computer-based music production. Covering topics including audio effects, EQ, compression, sampling, sequencing, side-chaining, audio editing, synthesis and other digital audio techniques, you’ll develop a solid knowledge of the industry-standard software used in professional recording studios. You’ll also learn to use digital notation software across your creative projects.

  • Recording processes
  • Pro Tools overview
  • Logic Pro overview
  • Audio editing
  • Midi and stock instruments
  • Track states
  • Mixing techniques
  • Using EQ
  • Automation
  • Submixing
  • Send and return FX
  • Signal chain
  • Using compression

MUSIC BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Highly relevant to your future music career, this insightful module will help you gain a useful understanding of the music industry as you begin to plan your preferred path into it. From revenue streams, copyright and music industry roles, to royalties, distribution and entrepreneurial opportunities, you’ll explore a host of music industry concepts that will stand you in good stead. You’ll also develop your research capabilities while you add many new crucial industry skills to your repertoire – ready to launch a successful music business portfolio career.

  • How to make money from your music now
  • Understanding PPL
  • Understanding PRS
  • Monetising your music
  • Syncs
  • Online profile and portfolio
  • Streaming vs sales
  • Record deals vs publishing deals
  • Labels
  • Music publishing
  • Writing credits
  • Networking guides
  • Rates of pay
  • Management
  • Music lawyers
  • Producer points
  • Music distribution

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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