|Length||1 - 2 - 3 years|
|Start||September 16, 2019|
|Term (1YR)||16.09.2019 - 23.05.2020|
|Term (2YR)||16.09.2019 - 05.2021|
|Term (3YR)||16.09.2019 - 05.2022|
|Fees||From €925 a month|
|Deadline||May 31, 2019|
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 programme 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.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU GOT?
How much time, energy, commitment and resource do you have? Our programme is fully modular. If you’re ready to dive deep then we suggest you commit to the full 3 Year BA Hons bachelor degree course (180 ECTS). If you want to build a foundation on which to develop further then start with the 1 year HE Certificate course (60 ECTS) before deciding whether to progress further onto a second or third year. As with anything in life, the more you put in the more you can expect to get out.
Either way you’ll be experiencing the same flagship programme in Electronic Music Production and Performance.
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 (HE Certificate)
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, finalizing and performing your own tracks
- learning the essentials of recording and studio components
- learning a variety of analogue and digital electronic music instruments
- familiarizing 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
Successful students leaving after Year 1 will achieve an HE Certificate in Electronic Music Production & Performance
YEAR 2 (HE Diploma)
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
Successful students leaving after Year 2 will achieve an HE Diploma in Electronic Music Production & Performance.
YEAR 3 (BA HONS BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE)
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 conceptualization to realization
- 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).
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ugandan born Jenifa Mayanja has been deeply entrenched in the underground deep house music scene for more than 25 years since the early ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Susan Langan is a practiced DJ, singer, and music producer ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 20 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.More About Our Spaces
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!Apply Now