Production & Music Theory

Course Curriculum

The Advanced Diploma is an intensive one year programme which is taught across 48 weeks. The course is then divided into three terms, with each term building on the knowledge and skills you learnt in the previous term.

Using our progressive continuous learning method each module will cover historical and theoretical content alongside practical and technical skills so you develop a rounded knowledge and skill set within each area.

The breadth of the course means that alongside learning what equipment, techniques and microphones to use you also learn why you use them. This will help you develop your own expertise and understanding of how to create different sounds and effects.

Subject Areas

Within the diploma we cover all of the following subject areas: Acoustics, Computer, Copyright and Legal issues, Digital Audio Technology, Electronics and Analogue Equipment, General Business (Publishing & Marketing), Management Skills, Mastering, Microphones, Mixing and Critical Listening, Music Theory and Production, Production, Recording, Sound Theory, Studio Equipment and Signal Processing, Studio Etiquette and Musicianship.

Below you can browse through the three terms and see the breakdown of modules for each term.

Production & Music Theory

These are the learning outcomes for this subject area.

You will be able to:

• Follow a music score;
• Use song structure-related jargon in order to communicate with performers;
• Interpret rhythm-related music notation symbols;
• Recall basic conducting concepts;
• Interpret pitch-related music notation information;
• Analyse simple diatonic compositions;
• Analyse diatonic compositions with instances of modal interchange;
• Analyse strings, woodwind, brass and percussion section arrangements used in popular music;
• Create simple strings, woodwind, brass and percussion arrangements for ‘pop’ songs.
• Recall the basic actions required for the setting up and running of simple, small-sized recording sessions; • Follow the standard studio etiquette expected from the different members of the production team;
• Recall the basic actions required for the setting up and running of simple, small-sized recording sessions.

I believe the best way to innovate in the future is to learn from the past.

Noah Dayan, Current Student

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate 2016

On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.

Deborah Melliard, Graduate 2016