Start your journey as a professional producer.
ACM’s Level 3 course in Music Technology is designed to give its students a focused learning experience, providing the skills and knowledge necessary for continuing study at Higher Education level or building a career as a Music Producer.
Students are given access to a host of world-class Music Technology facilities, including our Apple MIT suites and state-of-the-art recording studios. Lectures, tutorials, workshops and masterclasses are led by the same world-class music industry professionals that teach on our Higher Education programme offerings and our unique relationship with Metropolis, Europe’s largest creative complex, means that students of this course share their time at ACM with the grammy award-winning producers and engineers resident at the Studios.
Music Technology Diploma Units
Music Culture will provide learners with knowledge and insight into historical and contemporary contexts and perspectives that have influenced the development of music performance and production. It will discuss how music functions within society and encourage critical commentary on the influences that technology, politics, business, history and geography have had on the development and production of music and wider popular culture.
These sessions aim to promote learners’ personal, academic and professional development through self-assessment, target-setting and preparation for Higher Education and future career paths. It will investigate the workings of the music industry, where it fits within the creative industries, synergies, collaborations, partnerships, how the industry maps together, who the industry represents, why it’s so important and the mechanics of how it works in terms of income streams, money generation and flow, the rise of the DIY artist and new business models in creative projects coming to market within the creative industries.
Through a practical and contextual approach, this module will discuss the planning of events – music, corporate, fashion, product launches, festivals – clarifying their purpose, the people, stage management, sound, backline, equipment, logistics, strategy, planning and execution, venue hire, health and safety principles, roles and all venue considerations when the public come together.
In this module students will gain an understanding of basic keyboard skills and progress to integrating these skills into performance situations. They will learn how to use the keyboard creatively as a performance tool, integrating it with MIDI functions, controllers and mapping tools.
Studio Production will enable students will develop a key understanding of the studio environment beginning with mic techniques and signal flow progressing to more advanced techniques and mixing with the console. Focus will be on recording techniques and overdubbing skills with mixing skills integrated at a later stage.
Students will develop an understanding of music theory and song writing skills. Students will use DAWs (e.g. Logic) when demonstrating recording principles within song creation or integration of various media formats (genre-specific, games, advertisements etc.). DAWs will also be used as composition tools to develop ideas such as melody lines, score editing, VST instruments, video integration and basic synthesis skills.
This module will provide the student with the opportunity to expand and develop listening skills to help inform musical performance and production ideas. Crucially, the module will be taught from the producer’s perspective, providing contextual relevance to the role. Students will learn to interpret and analyse musical material and communicate clearly using music terminology. It should provide the all-important link between the concepts of aural perception and music theory enabling students to appreciate its value and become conversant in the language of music.
Students will learn and utilise Logic and Ableton software allowing them to become competent with the basic and intermediate level functions within both digital audio workstations (DAWs). They will learn layout and key commands, automation and controllers, mixing, editing and any techniques and tools specific to each DAW. Students will also learn the principles of synthesis and sound design.
As well as developing their general musicality and technological competencies, students will also develop the analytical, time management, presentational and interpersonal skills necessary to become a well-rounded and employable music professional. After all, studying Music Technology at ACM is not just about learning how to produce music, it’s about learning how to make your love, your profession.
Our Students | Darcy J Cole, 16
» To become a successful music producer and songwriter.
“Going to ACM has been something I’ve very much enjoyed and learnt a lot from when doing their part time courses, so I’m really excited and can’t wait to see what’s to come from starting a full time course! “
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production (QCF)
COURSE DURATION 2 Years
CAMPUS DELIVERY Guildford
UCAS Points Up to 420 (equivalent to three A-Levels at A*)
Progression routes on completion
Students can enrol directly onto a two year Degree programme.
Minimum age 16
You will be expected to have at least 4 GCSEs (A* – C or 9 – 4 grade) or equivalent level 2 qualification. This should include English and Maths GCSE (A* – C or 9 – 4 grade). Suitability for the programme will also be assessed through interview/audition.
English and Maths
If you do not have a pass in either English or Maths GCSE then we will provide you with the opportunity to complete this alongside your course. Students needing to resit both English and Maths will normally be required to first complete the UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production programme. Your ability will be assessed and where appropriate you may be required to first complete a Functional Skills level award.
EU applicants who have completed non-UK English and Maths qualifications will be required to provide evidence of exemption though the NARIC service (www.naric.org.uk/naric). If you are unable to provide suitable evidence then you will be required to retake Maths and English GCSE alongside your core programme.