Hi and welcome to the BA in Audio Engineering and Production at ICMP!

I’m Gareth Spicer, your course’s programme leader, and I'm thrilled that you've accepted your place here. The ICMP team and I look forward to working with you, helping you become the producer you aspire to be, and build the foundations of your professional career in music. 

I've put together a list of resources for you to consider before joining us in September, from equipment lists to recommended reading. You can find them below.

I look forward to meeting you, hearing your material and working with you this year.   

All the best, 



Gareth Spicer
Programme Leader, BA Audio Engineering and Production

Have you completed our Online Registration process?

Whether you're a new student to ICMP, or you are returning in September, one of the key steps before your enrolment is to complete our Online Registration process.

Here is how to register online:

New students

  • Log in to our Student Gateway with the details emailed to you
  • Upload your key documents
  • Look out for your 'Confirmation of Registration' email - job done!

Student Gateway

Can't find your log-in details? No problem, our Admissions Team can resupply these, simply contact them on +44(0)20 7328 0222, Live Chat or enquiries@icmp.ac.uk, and they'll assist you.


About your BA (Hons) Audio Engineering and Production

Our BA Audio Engineering and Production degree has been conceived as an industry-focused, practice-based programme, helping you to become proficient in using high-tech hardware and software in an industry-standard professional recording studio environment.

Over the course of the next three years, you will be guided through a range of modules designed to help you become the best professional audio engineer or music producer you can possibly be. You will become proficient with advanced technical skills to confidently work in any studio environment, and your expert tutors will work to develop your critical and analytical skills, all whilst building professional networks, entrepreneurial skills and new employment and career opportunities.  

The course is highly collaborative; studying at ICMP will give you the chance to meet and collaborate with like-minded creatives. You will have access to the Careers and Industry Hub, ICMP’s dedicated industry connectivity team, who will work with you to provide and develop exciting and valuable industry opportunities and training; by the time you complete your studies, you should be well equipped to go ahead and forge your professional recording studio career as an audio engineer or music producer.

Got a question... just drop us a line

Equipment Checklist

Recommended Equipment 

  • A laptop – preferably a MacBook Pro with an industry-standard DAW installed: Pro Tools, Logic Pro or Ableton Live.
  • A microphone - removed 'condenser'
  • An audio interface 

Don't forget, as an ICMP student you'll have access to exclusive discounts from leading music manufacturers - so, if you're thinking of buying new gear (from computers to instruments), it's worth waiting until you start with us.


Have you confirmed your student finance yet?


Recommended Reading


  • Brend, M. (2012). The Sound of Tomorrow. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Roads, C. (2015). Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ditmar, T. (2012). Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner’s Guide... Waltham: Focal Press. 
  • Felton, D. and White, P. (2012). The Producer’s Manual. Second Edition. London: Samplemagic. 
  • Huber, D.M. and Williams, P. (1999). Professional Microphone Techniques. Somerset: Haynes. 
  • Massey, H. (2009). Behind the Glass: Volume 2 – Top Record Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. 
  • Huber, D.M. and Runstein, R.E. (2013). Modern Recording Techniques. Waltham: Focal Press.  
  • Thompson, P. (2019) Creativity in the Recording Studio. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Biederman, R. & Pattison, P. (2014) Basic live sound reinforcement. London: Focal Press.
  • Dowsett, P. (2015) Audio production tips: getting the sound right at the source. London: Focal Press.
  • Harrison, A. (2021) Music the business: the essential guide to the law and deals. 8th ed. London: Virgin Publishing.
  • Huber, D. (2017) Modern recording techniques. 9th ed. London: Routledge
  • McCormick, T. & Rumsey, F. (2021) Sound and recording. 8th ed. Burlington: Focal Press.

We look forward to meeting you in September... not long now!