Key Facts

Length1 Year (34 Weeks)
StartMid September 2018
Term (1YR)09.2018 – 06.2019
FeesOur Course Fees
DeadlineEarly bird before 01.02.2018

OVERVIEW

Our groundbreaking, project based, electronic music production and performance diploma course is built on the concept of learning by doing.

Spend your year developing the practical tools, skills and essential techniques required to create, mix and master your own music whilst exploring and refining your individual approach as a producer, performer, DJ and practising artist.

WHY IS OUR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION DIPLOMA FOR YOU?

The Electronic Music Production & Performance Diploma course is purpose designed for people who are passionate about at least one of these activities:-

  • recording and releasing your own electronic music
  • performing your own electronic music
  • transforming yourself from a DJ into a DJ/Producer
  • supporting DJ sets with electronic production techniques
  • programming analogue synths
  • working with drum machines and sequencers
  • patch designing for synthesisers and FX
  • building sample packs
  • getting in-depth with music technology
  • making your next step towards a career in the music industry
  • spending a year living in the most exciting city on the planet for music makers
  • immersion in Berlin’s music scene
  • working in collaboration with an international community of like minded people
  • being supported by a dedicated 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 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 DIPLOMA 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 degree.

You will develop a broad range of techniques including analogue synthesis, sequencer programming, drum machine programming, mixing, editing, dynamic and fx processing, use of a variety of software including industry standard DAWs, synths and FX plug ins, electronic music production techniques and mastering. Achieving competence with these tools is an essential part of becoming a confident producer, performer, DJ and practising artist.

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 diplomas 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.

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. This playlist features a few tracks that our students in this programme made after they took a field trip to Teufelsberg to take some field recordings there.

Our Tutors

Rodi Kirkcaldy

Rodi has had an exciting career in the international music industry which has encompassed a wide range of roles. Hailing from New Zealand, he has represented his native land on the global stage in DJ competitions and ...

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Philippa McIntyre

When it comes to house and deep house music in New Zealand, Philippa has always been at the forefront of the genre. Beginning DJing in the late 90s, she has headlined and played all over New Zealand in places ranging ...

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Ben Bacon

An experienced multi-media artist, composer, researcher, and interaction designer, Ben moved to Berlin in 2015. His current interests include the integration of information design in electronically-based music ...

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Charlie Baldwin

Charlie is also known as the artist Kasket and specialises in raw recordings, live atmosphere, glitched up vocals and catchy melodies. His first release entitled Torn Letters ...

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Stefan Knauthe

Stefan Knauthe is a music producer, composer and synthesist with a lifelong passion for sound and electronic music. Having been Berlin based since 1988, he has witnessed and ...

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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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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. We know that it may not be easy to come to Berlin so check out our virtual tour to get an overview of our facilities online!

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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 diploma course provides you with all of the tools required to either progress onto a 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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