Key Facts

Length3 years
StartSeptember 16, 2019
Term (1YR)16.09.2019 - 23.05.2020
Term (2YR)16.09.2019 - 05.2021
Term (3YR)16.09.2019 - 05.2022
FeesFrom €925 a month
DeadlineAccelerated Applications until Sept 16 ****No student visa available

Why wait to create?

Establish and grow your identity as a practicing electronic music artist, producer and performer.

Our project based Electronic Music Production & Performance Bachelor Degree (BA Hons) course is a profound, focussed and innovative learning experience that focuses on learning by doing. Using challenging real-life scenarios you will develop all of the practical tools and essential techniques required to create, record, produce, master and perform your own music whilst you build an artist/producer portfolio and your own unique profile.

Fully immerse yourself in the subject whilst developing the ‘hands on’ practical tools, technical and creative techniques, industry knowledge, critical analysis and human attributes required to pursue a rewarding and successful career in electronic music production and performance.

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

IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR ME?

Be honest with yourself. Take a look at the following list. How many of these things excite you. The more boxes you tick the more likely it is that our course is for you.

  • establishing your own distinct and creative approach to electronic music production
  • developing your artistic persona and portfolio
  • transforming yourself from a DJ into a Producer
  • recording, releasing and/or performing your own electronic music
  • making your first step towards a career in the music industry
  • acquiring entrepreneurial expertise for the music industry
  • developing new and innovative music production techniques
  • programming and playing a variety of electronic instruments
  • designing and creating your own sounds and FX
  • developing finely honed listening skills
  • joining a progressive learning community supported by a dedicated team of experienced facilitators
  • learning by doing and gaining hands-on experience applicable to real-life work
  • collaborating with a community of like minded people from 55 different countries
  • living and working in Berlin, the most exciting city on the planet for music makers

YEAR 1

Explore the practical principles of creating and performing electronic music along with studio recording practice, sequencing, synthesis and sampling, composition and arrangement, mixing and sound design. By the end of the year you will have discovered and explored a wealth of electronic music styles and have the necessary skills and techniques required to create and finalise your own electronic music work.

A few things to look forward to during Year 1.

  • developing your unique artistic voice and portfolio
  • recording, mixing, finalising and performing your own tracks
  • learning the essentials of recording and studio components
  • learning a variety of analogue and digital electronic music instruments
  • familiarising with different hardware and software tools
  • building a collection of original sounds and sound design hacks
  • insight of the electronic music culture, business and entrepreneurship

YEAR 2

Year 1 goes wide, covering the foundations of electronic music production. Year 2 goes deep as you build on the foundational knowledge of Year 1. Refine and hone your newly acquired skills. Grow your own creative toolkit. Develop creative practical skills for public presentation, music programming, mastering, audio production for media, composition and arrangement, mixing, and sound design.

Some things to look forward to during Year 2.

  • know your way around recording and advanced studio components
  • learn advanced synthesis & electronic sound manipulation techniques
  • gather comprehensive knowledge of music production hardware and software
  • learn creative production techniques and electronic instrument design hacks
  • work on tools and approaches for public presentation and repertoire.
  • develop finely honed listening skills

YEAR 3

Consolidate your creative practical skills. Define your artistic voice and present it to the world. Produce your own creative projects from conceptualisation to public release. Actively collaborate with like minded individuals. Establish a professional framework and launch yourself in the music scene with empowering personalised projects that prepare you for the real world and your chosen path.

During this inspiring final year, you’ll be:

  • establishing and owning your own distinct and creative approach to electronic music production
  • managing your own creative projects from conceptualisation to realisation
  • fine-tuning and defining focus to your creative work
  • presenting your work to the public and establishing yourself within the industry in Berlin and beyond
  • providing creative input to other’s work (sound design, tracks, composition, etc)
  • discovering and developing new and innovative music production methodologies

Successful students completing all 3 years will achieve a Bachelor Degree in Electronic Music Production & Performance (BA Hons).

To view a breakdown of the modules year by year press the “DOWNLOAD COURSE INFORMATION” button above the HELPFUL LINKS section. For more information about the formal Programme Specifications please view this document.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Academic qualifications equivalent to ‘A’ level, Baccalaureate or Abitur are normally required to enter our Electronic Music Production & Performance degree programme. These may be waived if students are able to provide proof of capability via a portfolio of work. More details can be found here.

For those students who have the capability but no proof of appropriate qualifications or portfolio we have also designed a new accelerated access course which runs as part of our summer programme.

The most important prerequisite for attending any course at dBs Berlin is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as a practising electronic music artist, producer or performer.

Need more info? Get in contact with our team or stop by for an Open Day!

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

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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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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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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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 ...

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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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Susan Langan

Susan Langan

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

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Conor Dalton

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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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Our Spaces

Our international creative campus is located at the historic Funkhaus in Berlin – it’s hard to imagine a better location for creative endeavour and learning!

Through an industrial dream landscape of concrete factories and power stations along the Spree in East Berlin, the Funkhaus building comes into sight.

Built in the 1950s, the former GDR state radio is the home of some of the world’s most breathtaking broadcasting and recording studios. Its spaces were purposely built for recording symphony orchestras, choirs, chamber and jazz ensembles, pop music, radio plays, and for hosting memorable performances and acts accompanied by cutting-edge sound technology and state-of-the-art equipment.

Now… its cavernous industrial halls are the home of our rapidly expanding institute of creative production – a thriving community of creatives, practitioners and dreamers.

Our carefully redeveloped space within the complex, hosts over 30 studios/live rooms/production suites, electronic music production labs, IT workshop spaces, co-labs, multi purpose workshop spaces, film production and edit suites, a green screen film studio and we continue to grow!

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 start to build your future.

Each year of this modular course provides you with all of the tools required to progress onto the next year of our programme or to continue your self development elsewhere as you prepare to make your first foray into the music industry.

The employment model in the music industry has transformed over the last 25 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 progression routes into the industry and it often makes sense to develop a portfolio of different roles. Here are some examples:

Audio production, remix engineering, contemporary DJ performances, recording artist, performance artist, audio creation for events and brands, creative advertising, sample packs for labels and other artists, sounds installations, programmer, sound and music for games and film, interdisciplinary arts projects, working in related fields such as record labels, publishers, artist management companies to name but a few.

The music industry is an always-evolving and growing industry. At dBs Berlin, we want to make sure you develop the best skills to be able to enjoy, adapt and stay at the forefront of change.

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 in between.

Many students also decide to opt for further specialised study at Masters level. dBs Berlin now has an MA in Creative Production.

It’s time to create! And while you wait, check out our YouTube channel for more inspiration from our students!

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