Key Facts

Length2 Years
StartSeptember 17, 2018
Term (2YR)17.09.2018 – 06.2020
FeesOur Course Fees
DeadlineEarly bird before 01.02.2018

OVERVIEW

Our groundbreaking, project based, Electronic Music Production & Performance Diploma course is built on the concept of learning by doing.

Your first year will be spent developing the practical tools, skills and essential techniques required to create, mix and master your own music whilst starting to build your portfolio.

In your second year you will hone those ‘next level’ tools, build your specialist electronic music production knowledge and focus on your own area of interest whilst exploring and refining your individual approach as a producer, performer, DJ and practising artist.

WHY IS THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION & PERFORMANCE DIPLOMA FOR YOU?

This course is purpose designed for people who are passionate about several 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

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 HIGHER EDUCATION 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 higher level qualification

An Higher Education Diploma is an internationally accepted qualification awarded by our partner university. If you successfully complete all modules you will have completed the equivalent of two years of a degree course. If you wish to study with us further you can move immediately onto the final 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.

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 Diploma 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 or deep 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

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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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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Dean Roberts

Dean brings his experience and knowledge from a long international career as an artist and educator. His music was described by Wire magazine as “less of an attempt to blend genres than a demonstration of how for the ...

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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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Cem Oral

Cem has always been immersed in great musical diversity. He began his career working as an audio engineer in Frankfurt back in the early ‘80s. Years later he began producing hip-hop and pop-acts like BVSMP and George ...

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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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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.

The employment model in the music industry has been transformed over the last 20 years. There are still roles with permanent contracts but it is much more likely that you will work either as a freelancer or as part of a small startup which you will have set up with friends or colleagues.

As the cohorts of our students graduate, they quickly progress into exciting real world projects and careers. Here’s a selection to whet your appetite:

  • organizing large electronic music festival in Belgium
  • sampling artist with growing list of commissions from international festivals including Dimensions and Roskilde
  • designing proposals for improving background noise in cities
  • field recording with Chris Watson
  • stage manager for Dubfire
  • creating music for an ad campaign for C&A
  • music for an Italian fashion brand
  • audio logo for Galeries Lafayette
  • audio logo for an Italian telecommunications company
  • sound installations at four art events in Berlin
  • multiple releases on a range of techno labels
  • sample packs for Loopmasters
  • house engineer for a club in Berlin
  • songs signed to BMG
  • music and audio for a game featured on Indiedb
  • created software for teaching synthesis

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 inbetween.

Many students also decide to opt for further specialised study at masters level.

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