Key Facts

Length1 year
StartSeptember 17, 2018
Term (1YR)17.09.2018-14.06.2019
FeesOur Course Fees
DeadlineRound 1 before 30.04.2018


Our groundbreaking, project based, Electronic Music Production & Performance Certificate 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 and start building your portfolio


This 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
  • making your first 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

A prerequisite for attending any course at dBs Berlin is that you must be passionate about building and developing those skills.


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 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.


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.

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

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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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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Charlie Baldwin

Charlie Baldwin 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 ...

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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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Eliad Wagner

Eliad is a composer, performer, sound artist, lecturer and the programme lead for our Electronic Music Production & Performance Bachelor. A classically trained musician, holding a Bachelor degree in physics and a ...

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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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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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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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Jeff Stern

A fanatic of audio production in all music styles, Jeff brings 20 years of industry experience to dBs Music Berlin. Living in Berlin since 2006, he is known most for his underground techno/house releases and DJ sets as ...

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Laurence Osborne

Appleblim, aka Laurie, was a regular performer at the club FWD>> from late 2002. The acts he saw there inspired him to set up the label Skull Disco along with Shackleton. On this, Appleblim released his own material and achieved success with ...

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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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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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Andrea Parkins

Andrea Parkins

Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer, and electroacoustic instrumentalist who engages with interactive electronics as compositional/performative process. She is especially known for her pioneering approach on her ...

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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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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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