Foundation Degree in Electronic Music Production

Study Foundation Degree in Electronic Music Production at Leeds College of Music

Develop your creativity by writing original music that focuses on contemporary urban and electronic music, whilst acquiring skills in dedicated music production suites.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • UCAS Code: W307
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

World-class facilities

You’ll have access to thirteen on-campus recording and mixing studios and six Apple Mac Labs, equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, as well as numerous composition, rehearsal and performance spaces. All of these facilities are open until 3am during term-time, giving you a dedicated, flexible environment in which to develop your recording and producing skills, as well as becoming well-versed in Apple Logic and Avid Pro Tools software.

Industry links

Each year, a number of industry professionals deliver masterclasses to our students. Recent sessions have been given by Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell (Björk, Brian Eno, The XX) and producers Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Kasabian) and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, David Guetta).

Develop commercial acumen

In a year-long project spanning your second year, you will conceive and produce a market-ready product – equipped with a plan for marketing and promotion – with input from an industry mentor.

DJ Performance

Unique to a UK conservatoire, you’ll explore industry-standard DJ software and hardware technology, enabling you to create your own sets. Our links with industry, festivals and venues mean that you’ll have numerous opportunities to get out there and perform.

What you will study 

The Foundation Degree in Electronic Music Production modules focus on developing you as a professional producer through small group work and creative projects. The professional studies strand will develop your core business skills, and other optional modules will introduce additional cross-genre capabilities.

DJ Performance Technologies

You will explore industry standard DJ software and hardware technology and its application in a performance setting, enabling you to perform your own sets. You will learn a variety of DJ production techniques and will contextualise these skills within a vocational setting.

Computer Music 1

You will explore industry standard computer music software suitable for electronic music production (e.g. Logic and Ableton Live). You will develop the computer music production skills needed to work within the creative industries as electronic music artists, focusing on appropriate MIDI and digital audio recording and editing techniques

Electronic Music Composition 1

You will explore a range of electronic music composition and production styles (for example those of Grime, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Techno, Drum n Bass, House, Garage, Trap, Trance and Electronica), equipping you with (sub) genre specific techniques and encouraging you to develop your own sonic identity.

Music Production in Context 1

You will place your core practice into context through analysis and research of musical style/genre. You would consider key innovators of dance and electronic music along with techniques and compositional variants that define genre and sub-genre.

Professional Studies 1

Working in the Creative Industries

You will be introduced to the professional framework and mechanisms of the creative industries while developing your project management skills and understanding of the legal and commercial issues likely to impact on your future employability. Additionally, you will enhance your core information, digital and media literacies.

Music Industry Project

The module will allow you to devise and create a portfolio of work to showcase your skills and develop your career. Supported by both academic staff and industry professionals, you will contextualise and refine your business, management and music production skills, by creating a marketable product specifically aimed at your chosen area of the industry. This will enable you to source work and establish a foothold in the industry.

Computer Music 2

You will be introduced to the concepts of sampling and synthesis, including additive, subtractive and granular synthesis in the digital domain, as well as exploring the MIDI controller keyboard and its application in electronic music production.

Electronic Music Composition 2

You will further develop skills acquired through the Electronic Music Composition 1 module, including genre specific analysis of contemporary and historical works. You will also be introduced to the concepts of remixing, analogue synthesis and arranging electronic music for performance, and be encouraged to develop your emerging artistic voice and consider the place of your work within the music industry.

Project Options – Choose One:
  • Enhance your live performance skills, in addition to your studio-based production activities, by devising, planning and delivering a live performance.
  • Enhance your production skills techniques gained in the core computer music and electronic music composition modules by undertaking a studio recording project.
Music Production in Context 2

You will further develop your skills and knowledge of a wide range of composition and production techniques, along with an appreciation and understanding of the social, historical, cultural, and commercial context of music.

Professional Studies 2

Options - Choose Two:

  • Business Start-up
  • Music Education in Practice (PR)
  • Introduction to Instrumental Tuition
  • Self-Promotion & Marketing
  • Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry
  • Concerts & Touring
  • Artistic Management

On completion of the Foundation Degree in Electronic Music Production, you can apply to join the third year of our Music Production degree and achieve a BA (Hons) Music Production.

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Alex Carrie performs at the Brudenell Social Club, Hyde Park, Leeds

Alumni Profile

Alex Carrie

Course Studied: BA (Hons) Music (Production)
Year of Graduation: 2015

Alex Carrie graduated in 2015, and with his band KRRUM was signed to label 37 Adventures just as they finished their study at LCoM.


Meet our alumni

Course Tutors

Alexander MacDonald HallidaySenior Lecturer: Music Production

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Production), Foundation Degree in Music Production, PPD Short Courses

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Foundation Degree
Duration: 2 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September
Validated by: University of Hull

Entry Requirements
  • 64 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies, normally including Music. Can include music grade exams.
  • Grade 5 Theory is advisable.

Read full entry requirements.

How to apply

Apply via: UCAS
UCAS Code: W307
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Application Deadline: 15 January – we are still accepting applications
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Audition information
UK applicants to Production degrees at Leeds College of Music will need to complete a portfolio. However, if they meet the entry requirements they will be offered a place automatically.

The portfolio option is only for students who don’t have the qualifications but can demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency to meet the course requirements.
Read the portfolio guide.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 Tuition Fees: £9,250 (Home/EU Students), £14,500 (International Students)

Fees are per academic year and may be subject to government-approved increases in future years.
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Scholarships & bursaries

Leeds College of Music provides a range of additional Scholarships and Bursaries.
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Our Mac Labs are equipped with over 100 high-specification iMacs, MIDI keyboards and audio interfaces. They can be booked at any time outside of lessons until 3am and are equipped with industry standard software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Ableton.

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