Creative, technical and musical, this course is a great option for beginners, as well as anyone looking to expand their existing skillset and deepen their electronic music production knowledge.
This course will cover everything you need to know in one concise six-month period. You’ll learn to expressively manipulate rhythm, melody and sound, and texture elements predominantly utilising Ableton Live and Push, although the skills gained can be applied to any platform.
Whether you’re looking to write and arrange your own music tracks, score film soundtracks and TV episodes, or make banging club music, you’ll get a thorough overview of the theory, practical skills and creative approaches of electronic music production. Covering everything from arrangements, synthesis and sound design, to sampling, audio effects processing and remixing, you’ll acquire your own personal signature sound in the process, exploring hands-on production and performance techniques to shape your style.
You’ll also learn to mix and master ‘in-the-box’ to give your productions and compositions a professional, release-ready finish, whatever the genre. Your tutors will offer insight into their own personal workflows, allowing you to draw on their experiences to improve your productions.
MIDI Programming and Developing Melodic Structure
Get hands-on and explore tools for creating complex rhythms developing melodic elements in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). This practical module focuses on musicality and you will learn from programming beats to complicated polyrhythms, while having fun with technology like step sequencers and arpeggiators.
Creative Audio Synthesis (Sound Design 1)
Discover multiple types of sound synthesis, timbral elements, modulation and modular synthesis, all within the context of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). This in-depth module will help you explore your creativity to get the most out of your favourite VST plugins.
Musical Arrangement and Orchestration
This module will help you build musical arrangements and orchestrations from scratch, giving tips on their construction from beginning to end. Analyse techniques for arranging music across various contexts and explore how different elements and patterns work together tonally and musically.
Audio Sampling (Sound Design 2)
Learn about samples, audio-based sound design and layering, while exploring the wider world of soundscape composition. Get to grips with a range of post-production skills, learn how to use a sampler, play around with audio editing and work with sound on a grid without MIDI.
Shaping Sounds with Audio Effects and Processing
Build up your knowledge of creative audio signal processing by discovering different types of core audio effects linked to time, space, reverb, panning, equalization, filters, delay, echo, frequency, dynamics and distortion. Across this hands-on module, you’ll have fun learning how to make a variety of different sounds and audio effects.
Mixing and Mastering
Learn how to finish and deliver your music by exploring professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) sound mixing techniques. Develop basic mastering skills and understand how this part of the process differs from mixing.
Duration: Six months
- March start date: three hours, two evenings a week
- June start date: three hours, two days a week
Location: ICMP tech labs, Kilburn, London.
Day/time: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Maximum course size: 15 people
Next start dates:
- Tuesday 23rd March 2021
- Tuesday 15th June 2021
Course cost: £2,500
Pay upfront: £2,250 with 10% discount
A discount of 10% is applied if you pay the full course fee upfront. This means you pay a total of £2,250.
Payment plan: £2,500
This entails a non-refundable registration fee of £250 plus five monthly instalments of £450, making the total payment amount £2,500. A direct debit will be set up to take the five payments of £450 on the first of each month following the course start date.
We welcome students from outside of the UK to join this specialist course. Depending on where you are coming from, you may require a standard visitor visa to attend this course. Please be aware that ICMP is a recognised accredited UK institution. Should you require this visa; the cost will depend on where you are travelling from. To check if you require a UK visa head to gov.uk.
- Start in March or June 2021
- Convenient part-time six-month course.
- Fosters the development of high-level production skills in a short space of time.
- Designed to inspire creativity, promoting the development of your signature sound.
- Paves the way for further study in music production or post-production.
- Use the latest cutting edge electronic music production software and hardware including; Ableton Live and Push and Native Instruments Maschine.
- High-quality teaching by music industry practitioners in a creative and inspiring learning environment.
- Connections with the wider London music industry enables you to build an impressive musical network.
- The London location provides opportunities to showcase your production talents at top London events while immersing yourself in the global music scene.
- Payment plans available
- Most international students can study this course without a visa (eligibility criteria applies)