RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners

Level 3 Diploma in Music Production

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If you’re an aspiring music producer looking for some expert ‘hands-on’ training, then the Diploma in Music Production can help turn your passion for music into a career.

This intensive one-year practical and vocational course is suitable for anyone wishing to become involved in a range of commercial and creative music applications including mixing, recording and composing for media. It will teach you essential production tools and techniques and help you to develop your own musical production style, build your confidence and communication skills and help you to find gainful employment within the music industry.


At BIMM Institute London you’ll have the opportunity to learn in a vibrant and creative environment where you’ll develop strong connections with fellow musicians across the other Diploma pathways and will be guided by your lecturers and prominent music industry professionals to steer you towards your future career or study goals.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised Creative Music Industry (Technology pathway) Level 3 Diploma from the highly regarded RSL awarding body. The Diploma is a perfect gateway to taking your first steps in a music industry career or for continuing with your studies at BIMM Institute with BA (Hons) Music Production.


Course specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 1 year

Awarding institution: RSL

Campus delivery: London

Language of study: English

Final award: RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners (Technology)

Admissions Criteria: Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Minimum requirements

Successful completion of a BIMM admissions assessment.

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English Language requirement of IELTS 5.5, with no lower than 5.5 to have been achieved in each band.


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as producer, DJ, sound engineer, film and television composer, and computer music designer, or they can continue their study with a BA (Hons) Music and Sound Production or BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production at BIMM Institute.

Course fees

Because we’re Europe’s largest and most prestigious music institute, we’re uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality to all our students.

We’re dedicated to giving our students the best music education possible – which means accessing our expert lecturers in industry-leading facilities at the heart of the UK’s music scene.

We make sure all BIMM Institute courses are great value for money – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the music industry.

Class names and structure may be subject to change.

The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is essential in the production of contemporary music. It has enabled a producer to create and record music through a piece of software and is used in numerous applications from recording in a studio, writing an electronic track or producing for the moving image. This lesson provides students with the skills to be able to use the key concepts within a DAW such as MIDI programming, editing audio and MIDI, virtual instruments and automation and apply them to their own practice.

This lesson will look at the fundamental concepts behind a range of digital and analogue synthesis types such as subtractive, additive, wavetable, FM and more. Students will explore sound design skills, study signal flow, understand and apply basic FM theory and explore oscillators, filters and modifiers. With this foundation, students can develop their skills in sound creation and manipulation and apply them to a range of applications.

This lesson provides students with a practical understanding of the fundamentals of sound recording and production centred on the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). It is also an opportunity to share any work-in-progress projects you have within an informal and welcoming environment – to gain confidence and receive constructive feedback from your peers and lecturers that can help you on the road to completion.

This lesson allows students to plan, manage and deliver a contemporary music production portfolio. They’ll study aspects such as management skills, team roles, budgeting, digital audio editing and mastering techniques.

This class focuses on refining the sonic quality and definition of a piece of audio with common mixing tools and techniques. Students will study mixing theory, including the basic physics of sound, as well as how to implement audio effects, EQ and dynamic processing within their DAW to create mixes for a range of genres.

Students will learn how to apply critical listening and to plan and prepare a mix in order to apply these techniques to their own work.

The unit also looks at the finalisation of audio prior to publishing with essential mastering techniques, which have become increasingly important in the modern producer paradigm to deliver impactful demos and professional-sounding products.

This lesson explores the skills and techniques required to write, record and edit music and sound to a range of moving picture applications including adverts, TV documentaries and film.

Students will develop their aural and theory skills in this lesson by learning to explore and identify musical components such as rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, instrumental timbre and structures. This will enable them to acquire the critical listening skills required in the production environment and will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively in a variety of musical situations, opening up many employment opportunities throughout their career.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management and personal development.

This class allows a great opportunity for course leaders and students to meet weekly to recap and review key areas of the curriculum – as well as receiving information relating to assessments, opportunities, student life, and masterclasses. This acts as an assessment support session as well as general holistic support for students and an open space for suggestions, ideas and sharing work/ good practice. Students will also have the opportunity establish creative projects with their peers on other diploma courses.

This lesson gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their careers. They’ll be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music and business plans.

This lesson not only gives students the skills to critically listen to music but also understand the personal, social and cultural conditioning that can inform our musical tastes. The lesson will give you chance to analyse the factors behind changes in personal responses to music over time identifying the key events that are likely to have influenced these changes.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].


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