|Length||2 or 3 Years|
|Term (2YR)||09.2017 - 08.2019|
|Term (3YR)||09.2017 - 05.2020|
|Fees||Click here for info|
|Deadline||July 31st 2017|
Our flagship Sound Engineering & Music Production BA Hons degree is a profound focussed and innovative course providing you with the opportunity to hone your craft as a sound engineer, a music producer and a master of music technology.
Record, mix, produce and master your own and other’s work and develop a comprehensive knowledge of industry standard tools, technical know-how and creative technique. Explore and establish your own distinct approach as a sound engineer and music producer with which to pursue a successful career in the music industry.
Why Is This Course For You?
The Music Production & Sound Engineering BA Hons Degree course is an opportunity to spend an inordinate amount of time pursuing your passion and building yourself a new future. As a starting point you should be excited about several or all of the following things:-
- Recording, mixing and mastering your own tracks, songs, albums or film soundtracks
- Providing sound engineering expertise to support studio recordings for others
- Providing music production expertise to support studio recordings for others
- Providing creative input to someone else’s track, song, album, composition for film etc
- Building a comprehensive knowledge of industry standard tools and techniques
- Developing finely honed listening skills
- Building an appreciation of classic music productions from the last 75 years
- Developing new and innovative music production methodologies
- Establishing your own distinct and creative approach to music production
- Building a career in the music industry
- Spending 3 years living and working in the most exciting city on the planet for music makers
- Full immersion in Berlin’s music scene
- Collaboration with local music industry entrepreneurs in festivals, conventions and events
- Working in collaboration with an international community of like minded people
- Being supported by a team of experienced facilitators who know you by name, care about your creative development and truly give a damn
- Moving city, country or continent in order to pursue something you love
Progressing successfully into employment in today’s music industry takes hard work, focus, commitment, grit, patience and passion. It also requires a broad set of skills, a well developed ‘creative muscle’ and an entrepreneurial spirit.
You may not have all of those things under your belt just yet but a prerequisite for attending any course at dBs Berlin is that you must be passionate about building and developing those skills.
Our Degree Courses
Our BA (Hons) degrees are internationally recognised undergraduate bachelor of arts programmes, validated and administered by our partner the University of St Mark & St John.
You can study our degrees as a standard three year course or as a fast-track two year course. If you have the time we’d recommend the three year option, if you’re in a rush or you need to save money go for the fast track. Both delivery options contain exactly the same content, but the two year course also has an intensive summer semester each year.
Skills for Success
We will enable you to imagine, develop and build the best version of yourself you can be. This is your chance to THINK BIG! But if you’re planning to think big you’ll need to develop a whole range of skills to help you reach your goal.
Whilst you hone your core music production expertise we will guide you in developing another set of skills and attributes. A set of skills which we all need to develop if we want to achieve our goals in life whether that be success in the music industry or anything else you might have planned.
This part of our unique educational approach starts with this question -
“What are the essential attributes or skills that make a person successful in life and how can they best be learnt?”
We use the word ‘success’ in the broadest terms. Whatever your own definition of success, there are a range of tools, skills, attributes and habits you can develop which will significantly increase your chances of achieving that success.
It is now widely recognised that these skills and attributes are the essential building blocks that will help turn a talented, hardworking human being into a genuinely successful one.
At dBs we also believe that personal well being and happiness are essential to living a truly successful life and we encourage our students to incorporate this into their own development.
From 2017, much of this learning will be delivered within other modules and our intention is that most of the time you may not be aware that you’re in the process of developing these skills.
We currently have 16 studios available for sound engineering and music production diploma students. They range from brand new purpose built spaces to the insanely atmospheric, vintage Funkhaus studios.
All are expertly acoustically treated and have a range of analogue and digital mixing consoles, controllers, microphones, HD Native Pro Tools systems, Eve or Focal monitoring systems, softwares including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Ableton Live and a full range of high end software plug in FX, synths and samplers and numerous other toys from retro to cutting edge.
Two of the studios are available exclusively to degree students. These are the main control rooms of the K3 & K4 studios at the Funkhaus. These stunning spaces are an absolute treat to work in. One is equipped with PMC monitors and a Trident 88 desk and the other with Kirsch Audio QS8 monitors and an automated Audient desk.
We also have new plans in the pipeline which will mean a significant increase in new studios for September 2017. Watch this space!
Music IT Suite
Say goodbye to soul destroying rows of student desks staring at the back of someone’s head or, even worse, a blank wall.
Our spaces are expertly designed with collaboration in mind. From 2017 we will have four IT suites with 20 workstations in each. You will sit at your own workstation on a spacious island of four.
Stop, share an idea or show off your latest production to your neighbours or tutors. Be human! Community is a powerful thing and you will be amongst people as passionate and motivated as you. Collaborate, innovate and integrate!
Each workstation has a state of the art iMac 21”, a keyboard controller and the latest industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Ableton Live, Reason and a full range of high end synth and FX plug ins.
Our Ideas Lab is a fun and relaxed space where great ideas are born, shared, shaped and passionately debated with fellow participants and your facilitator. It’s also where you’ll hone your listening and analysis skills. From classic recordings to seminal 50s jazz tracks to the latest boundary-pushing minimal electronica.
Your success depends entirely on you - what you bring to the course, your approach to learning and the grit, passion and sheer determination with which you build your future.
The employment model in the music industry has been transformed over the last 20 years. There are still roles with permanent contracts but it is much more likely that you will work either as a freelancer or as part of a small startup which you will have set up with friends or colleagues.
Our first full cohort of Berlin degree students have just graduated and are already progressing into exciting real world projects. Here’s a selection to whet your appetite.
Music for an ad campaign for C&A, music for an Italian fashion brand, audio logo for Galeries Lafayette, audio logo for an Italian telecommunications company, sound installations at four art events in Berlin, sample packs for Loopmasters, house engineer for a club in Berlin, field recording with Chris Watson, songs signed to BMG, designing proposals for improving background noise in cities, music and audio for a game featured on Indiedb, live engineer on various European tours, mastering engineer, started new hip hop record label, working at a music school in Israel, a sound installation at Moscow MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), artist signed to a indie label in USA.
Our UK centres have been running successfully for many years and have had graduates working across the music industry from Abbey Road Recording Studios to the Glastonbury Festival and everything inbetween.
Many students also decide to opt for further specialised study at Masters level. dBs Berlin have plans in the pipeline for developing our own Masters qualification.