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Two Year Music Degree

2yr-degree-2013ACM Degree modules are designed to ensure as much practical application as possible with a high level of industry focus. They are taught by a first class professional tutor team who are all currently established and working in the music industry. The ACM Degree course, coupled with support from the Business and Artist Development Centre provides the strongest foundation for a career in the music industry.

About ACM’s Cert HE and 2 Year Degree Courses

All of ACM’s Higher Education courses are validated by Middlesex University. The number of
weeks studied mirrors that of other Degree courses, as do all regulations, but the holiday periods are significantly shortened. Not only does this provide a more intense period of study where the student is able to consolidate their learning experiences more easily, but in today’s climate it also brings considerable financial advantages without the need for students to have to pay living costs whilst not actually studying.

Download the Full Time ACM Prospectus 2014/15 PDF for more information about ACM Higher Education course options & course entry requirements.

ACM offers the Accelerated Learning Programme (Cert HE & Degree) courses in:

Music Performance – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals & Keyboards

» Cert HE
» BMus(Hons) Degree

The ACM BMus(Hons) Degree in Professional Music Performance has pathways designed to cater for the needs of students that desire to become original artists and composers and also freelance musicians.

Our aim is to ensure that all of our graduates are best placed to have a long term, sustainable and rewarding career in this most competitive of industries. The BMus course focuses on practical and technical skills, cutting edge music industry knowledge, theory and analysis, composition and arrangement and culminates in the students ability to create, refine and ultimately be ready to market their product, be that as artists, freelance musicians or composers.

We aim to broaden and deepen every students’ understanding of the creation of music, across a wide range of genres, in order to best equip them with the skills to ultimately be included in the contemporary music world’s list of top professionals.

Graduates leave with not only a thorough grounding in the techniques involved in the creation of music, but also with a deep understanding of the many aspects involved in the business itself.

To be enrolled at an institution that has not only the Performance School and all of it’s motivated, highly skilled practitioners on hand, but also access to the many professionals available in both the Production and Business Schools puts any aspiring music professional at a significant advantage.

Any student arriving at ACM with the genuine desire to succeed in today’s ever changing industry and the tenacity and willingness to draw on all of the experience on offer, will stand the best chance to become yet another of the music world’s leading exponents.

For more information about the ACM Performance Cert HE & Degree and course entry requirements, Download the Full Time ACM Prospectus 2014/15 PDF.

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Contemporary Music Production

» Cert HE
» BA(Hons) Degree

A modern producer is likely to be involved in many stages of the production process. Here at ACM we aim to give students an excellent grounding in a variety of essential music production areas. We feel that this is vital for the growth of a successful producer / sound engineer / programmer / songwriter, whether they aim to work purely on their own material, or work with other artists and musicians.

Our students have access to the highest standard of facilities inside and outside of lecture times, giving them the best possible opportunity to become a professional engineer, producer, writer, artist manager, or label owner. Our new state of the art SSL Duality studio for Music Production Degree students enables us to teach the most basic home studio skills right up to the latest and most advanced techniques currently being used in commercial studios.

ACM’s Music Production tutors work on a wide variety of styles and a broad range of subjects including studio recording, composition, sequencing, sampling, and music business among others. The result is that students can be assured of experiencing all areas of the music industry in one place. Our Production tutors have worked with numerous high profile acts including: Take That, Chemical Brothers, Robbie Williams, U2, Coldplay, Supergrass, Queen, Motorhead, Elton John, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, Pink Floyd, Westlife, Feeder, Athlete, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Jeff Beck, Simply Red, Therapy, Suede, Courtney Pine and many, many more.

With our tutors currently working in the music industry, as well as teaching regularly at ACM, all career advice and individual support is guaranteed to be relevant and current. This kind of advice is ongoing, through lectures and tutorials throughout the length of the course.

Find out more about the Contemporary Music Production Cert HE & Degree Modules.

For more information about the ACM Contemporary Music Production Cert HE & Degree and course entry requirements, Download the Full Time ACM Prospectus 2014/15 PDF.

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Electronic Music Production

» Cert HE
» BA(Hons) Degree

Electronic Music Production covers a broad range of electronic dance music genres, from House to Dubstep, and Hip Hop to Drum & Bass. The ACM electronic production courses will equip you with the skills to work in any of these genres, with many specific tips and tricks for your chosen genre.

Whether you’re into writing, collaborating, producing or performing, this course will help you develop all the technological skills, gain vital experience and strengthen your creative muscles to professionally produce those killer tracks you have locked inside you.

This course has evolved from the more successful elements of the ACM Music Production Degree which has been running for the past ten years. The course has been developed with tutors such as Chad Jackson and Professor Stretch to ensure its relevance in the modern electronic production scene.

ACM’s BA(Hons) Degrees are famed for their practical nature while retaining the academic rigour required by our partner university. You’ll be required to write essays, but only about the things you love writing about!

As part of ACM, you will meet hundreds of vocalists, musicians and other producers, so you will always have someone to collaborate with. Once you have your project ready you can then meet up with our Music Business students who can help you put labels together and get your tracks out.

Find out more about the Electronic Music Production Cert HE & Degree Modules.

For more information about the ACM Electronic Music Production Cert HE & Degree and course entry requirements, Download the Full Time ACM Prospectus 2014/15 PDF.

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Creative Sound Design (CSD)

» Cert HE
» BA(Hons) Degree

Creative Sound Design offers a broad selection of possible career paths in the media industry, such as sound recordist, sound effect designer, Foley artist, composer, and no matter which direction your career takes you will benefit greatly from knowing how all the others relate to you.

Our students have access to the highest standard of facilities inside and outside of lecture times, giving them the best possible opportunity to develop those key skills and gain as much experience as possible. Our new state of the art SSL Duality studio enables us to teach the most basic home studio skills right up to the latest and most advanced techniques currently being used in commercial studios.

ACM’s Creative Sound Design tutors work on a wide variety of styles and a broad range of subjects including location recording, composition, sequencing, sampling, and media business among others. The result is that students can be assured of experiencing all areas of the sound industry in one place.

With our tutors currently working in the sound and music industry, as well as teaching regularly at ACM, all career advice and individual support is guaranteed to be relevant and current. This kind of advice is ongoing, through lectures and tutorials throughout the length of the course.

Find out more about the Creative Sound Design Cert HE & Degree Modules.

For more information about the ACM Creative Sound Design Cert HE & Degree and course entry requirements, Download the Full Time ACM Prospectus 2014/15 PDF.

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Music Business & Innovation

» Cert HE
» BA(Hons) Degree

The Music Business & Innovation courses are designed for students seeking to achieve a music industry focused qualification and an in-depth understanding of creative industry business models and opportunities. The courses are tailored to:

  • Develop entrepreneurial and management skills within a highly creative environment.
  • Realise tomorrow’s knowledge and skills needs of the music industry and other creative sectors through a series of relevant research focused assignments.
  • Offer participation in real life practical projects working alongside labels, the live industry and artists under guidance of industry professionals.
  • Enable and assist students to find a broad range of work experience in mature and ‘start up’ business environments.
  • Reinforce ACM’s dedication to the development of professional and technical industry skills.

Students will also have access to ACM’s state-of-the-art facilities to assist and enable course led and individual initiatives. Plus invaluable contact with the Business and Artist Development Centre (BDC) to assist with securing work experience placements and in preparing students for future employment.

Find out more about the Music Business & Innovation Cert HE & Degree Modules.

For more information about the ACM Music Business & Innovation Cert HE & Degree and course entry requirements, download the <Full Time ACM Prospectus 2014/15 PDF.

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