Key Facts

Length1 year
StartSeptember 16, 2019
Term (1YR)16.09.2019 - 23.05.2020
FeesFrom €925 a month
DeadlineEarly Bird: apply by Nov 30

OVERVIEW

Our groundbreaking, project based, Creative Music Production & Sound Engineering Certificate course is built on the concept of learning by doing.

Spend your year developing the tools, practical skills and creative techniques required to record, mix, produce and master a wide range of musical styles whilst building your own portfolio.

WHY IS THE CREATIVE MUSIC PRODUCTION & SOUND ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE FOR YOU?

This course is purpose designed for people who are passionate about at least one of these activities:-

  • recording, mixing and mastering your own tracks, songs, albums, composition for film and multimedia
  • 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
  • making your first step towards a career in the music industry
  • spending a year living and working in the most exciting city on the planet
  • immersion in Berlin’s trendsetting music scene
  • 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

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 HIGHER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE COURSES

Our team of music industry professionals have designed this bespoke project based course to provide you with exactly what you need to take your practical skills and techniques to the next level and better prepare you for working in the real world and/or progressing onto a higher level qualification

A Higher Education Certificate is an internationally accepted qualification awarded by our partner university. If you successfully complete all modules you will have completed the equivalent of the first year of a degree course. If you wish to study with us further you can move immediately onto the 2nd year of a degree programme.

You will develop a wide range of useful skills including practical room acoustics, microphone and preamp technique, recording, mixing, editing, dynamic and fx processors, music production skills, mastering and perhaps most importantly, a real human understanding which ensures you get the best performance out of yourself or the artists you are working with.

We are passionate about providing a nurturing, caring, relaxed, challenging and creative environment where our team offers uncompromising support for students.

LEARNING BY DOING

We pride ourselves on maximising ‘hands on’ equipment time and ‘learning by doing’ in all of our courses but our new Higher Education Certificates break new ground.

We design our courses around a growing body of research which is proving what we’ve probably always known – the best way to learn something is to just do it. Again…and again…and again. Expert performance is primarily the result of expert practice, not due to innate talent.

In other words, it’s not about what you’re born with – It’s about how consistently and deliberately you can work to improve your performance.

Your practice must be: intentional, aimed at improving performance, designed for your current skill level and combined with immediate feedback and repetition. These courses are designed to awaken the expert in you and build creative muscle.

NEW COURSE REDESIGN

Some of 2018 was spent completely re-imagining and redesigning all of our courses. This allowed us to build on our extensive experience, take into account new developments and student needs and incorporate our own new thinking into a brand new range of courses. All of these courses including our new MA degree were successfully validated with our partner university in the summer of 2018.

Listen to Tracks Produced by Our Students

In the end it doesn’t matter what we say or do. What matters is what our students are doing during their time with us. Have a listen, leave some comments, decide for yourselves.

Our Tutors

Florian Zwietnig

In addition to being the programme lead for our Creative Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, Florian has a Masters degree in psychology and over 20 years of experience working as a musician and producer. ...

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Hilary Baker

Hilary’s experience in the professional arts world started young. As a kid she danced at Lincoln Center in New York City and later attended a public arts high school in Los Angeles, where she specialized in jazz saxophone. Hilary received her ...

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Christopher Jarman

Christopher Jarman has 20 years professional music industry experience which has led to a variety of musical personas across many genres as Kamikaze Space Programme, Dot Product and Raiden. He has amassed over 150 ...

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Ainsley Adams

Ainsley is a producer and sound engineer with 2 Latin Grammys to his name and a long list of credits including Beverley Knight’s Soul UK ...

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Max Trieder

Max Trieder has produced, engineered and/or mixed more than 30 rock and pop releases for artists including The Hirsch Effekt, ...

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Bridget Ferril

Bridget Ferrill

Bridget Ferrill is a musician, producer, and engineer from the US. She has worked as a live sound engineer all over the world, and in the studio at Machines with Magnets in Rhode Island and Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. ...

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Brian Greene

Brian is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Berlin. As a vocalist and lyricists he has numerous published collaborations released on labels such as Planet Mu, Airflex and Kinnego Records. As a co founder of ...

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Philip Röder

Philip Röder

Philip is a professional producer and mixing engineer. His studio Copilco Productions is based in ...

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Brian Flynn

Since earning his degree in composition and music technology, Brian has worked professionally in music creation and production for media outlets like BBC and SKY television via his collaborations with ULTRAPHONIC. From ...

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Jenifa Mayanja

Ugandan born Jenifa Mayanja has been deeply entrenched in the underground deep house music scene for more than 25 years since the early ...

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Brendan Dougherty

Sound artist and producer Brendan Dougherty moved from Philadelphia to Berlin in 2002 and quickly became involved in its music and performance art scenes. An avid collaborator, he has worked with a wide range ...

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Conor Dalton

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Geoff Wright

Geoff Wright is a producer, DJ and violinist with over 10 years’ industry experience across areas including composition, production, live performance and session recording. His background in classical training is complemented by his extensive ...

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Susan Langan

Susan Langan

Susan Langan is a practiced DJ, singer, and music producer ...

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Kerim Karaoglu

Kerim Karaoglu is a composer and sound-designer working in the field of electroacoustic music, live-electronics, audio/visual installations and contemporary dance/theatre. He graduated with a degree in electronic ...

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Doron Sadja

Doron Sadja is an American artist, composer, and curator whose work explores modes of perception and the experience of sound, light, and space. Difficult, powerful, intense and delicate – all at the same time” Sadja stages epic performance ...

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Robin Koek

Robin Koek (Netherlands, 1987) is active as a composer, musician and designer of artistic systems. His works explore states wherein acoustic, digital and analog signals intertwine and merge into one body of sound. The origins of his compositions ...

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Adam Asnan

Adam is a professional location sound recordist and electroacoustic musician from London, UK, based in Berlin since 2014. ...

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Our Spaces

We’re excited. Very excited. dBs Berlin have relocated to a brand new purpose built facility at the Funkhaus to house our rapidly expanding institute of creative production.

The Funkhaus is an internationally unique, extraordinary and atmospheric location and it’s hard to imagine a better location for creative endeavour and learning.

All courses are now delievered at our Funkhaus campus.

Want to look around? We welcome you to sign up for an Open Day. These are a great opportunity to speak to our staff, students and see our facilities.

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Progression

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.

Our Higher Education Certificate course provides you with all of the tools required to either progress onto the 2nd year of our degree course or make your first foray into the music industry.

The employment model in the music industry has been transformed over the last 20 years. Roles with permanent contracts do still exist but it is much more likely that you will work either as a freelancer or as part of a small startup on your way to professional creative autonomy.

There are many possible progression routes into the industry and it often makes sense to develop a portfolio of different roles. Here are some examples:

Producer, remix engineer, contemporary DJ, recording artist, performance artist, programmer, producing sample packs, sound and music for games, music for film, interdisciplinary arts projects, working in related fields such as record labels, publishers, artist management companies to name but a few.

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