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Diploma in Sound Engineering, Music, Post & Game Audio Production (Bundle)

£14,730 (13-months)

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Next Course Dates

29th September 2014 to 25 October 2015

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Entry Requirements
  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE maths & a science at Grade C or above (or international equivalent)
  • Good level of spoken / written English (level B1 on CEFR for visa students)
  • Successful interview
  • Visa students, please refer to our international student guidance page
  • Tier 4 Visa Application Fee: £670

Advanced Optional Modules


Here is an recent example of a song produced by students during their production workshop classes.




Visit www.soundcloud.com/alchemea for more alchemea productions.

Course Outline

This practical and intensive studio based programme combines our Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma and our Audio Post & Game Sound Diploma courses. It is essential for student’s wishing to have the flexibility to forge a career in a any studio based recording environment. The cost of taking both courses separately would cost £15,630 so you will save £900 if you take this bundle.

 

In the early stages of our 36-week Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma course students will be build strong foundations by studying generic audio theory and it’s practical a1pplication. This quickly leads on to exploring advanced music production and audio engineering techniques. You will also have the opportunity to gain recognised certifications in industry standard software like Pro Tools and Logic. This course has been extremely successful in launching graduates into successful careers in the industry.

 

After a short break you will start our Audio Post Production & Game Sound Diploma. This course is designed to follow on from our Studio Sound Diploma. Over 16 weeks we look at all areas of the art of synchronising audio to moving picture. We also explore the world of game audio, looking a specialist middleware like fMod along the way learning about sound design, dialogue replacement, foley & location recording - and of course, multichannel mixing & delivery techniques.

 

Students receive more individual practical time than any other college. Our studio facilities are second to none. We are also very well connected in the industry and pride ourselves as being the first point of call for employers looking for runners and assistants.

 

Work hard, be professional and we guarantee that after this course you will have the skills and confidence to start building a successful career working in a recording studio.

 

More Practical Time than at any other college!

Each student is guaranteed over 1,000 hours of individual practical time. This is time to re-enforce knowledge gained, complete practical assignments and undertake own projects.

 

Our studios and workstations, which are equipped to the highest standards, are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No other college guarantees students the same level of individual hands-on practical activity and around the clock studio access. It is this level of practical exposure that breeds confidence and ultimately makes our graduates so employable.

 

This course is intensive and requires commitment and hard work to succeed...

Alchemea’s full-time courses are not for the faint hearted and we make no apology for their intensive nature.  Many of the other courses you may be considering will be spread out over 2-3 years and they may not require your presence on a continual basis. 

 

Some colleges only schedule lectures and allow you access to the facilities 2 to 3 days per week! We strongly believe that students learn more efficiently and develop their confidence quicker when learning in an environment of unbroken study. This is one of the reasons why we do not follow a traditional term calendar. As a Diploma student at Alchemea, your course will break for between a couple of weeks in the Summer and over the Christmas holiday.

 

Progress on to a Degree at Anglia Ruskin University

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Alchemea have partnered with Anglia Ruskin University to provide their Studio Sound Diploma graduates with a degree pathway.

 

Any student that passes Alchemea’s Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering may be eligible to enrol on to year 2 of Anglia Ruskin’s BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology. Based in the prestigious university town of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin is seen as one of the leading providers of vocational and workplace focused degree programmes.

 

Visa Students

We are proud to have been awarded “Educational Oversight” by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI).In fact we “exceeded expectations” right across the board. Every aspect of our operation was thoroughly assessed to check that we are delivering an effective and quality learning experience. Education oversight is also a prerequisite for Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status. This enables Alchemea to enrol international (non-EU) students on to courses over 6-months in duration. Please refer to our International Students Page for more information about how to apply for a student visa.

 

Testimonials

  • Thanks for great year and for a really good course. I enjoyed every second of the Studio Sound Diploma and i've been recommending the course to sound geeks on this island in the north. Since the course i've been mixing two albums from two different bands and recording for another one here so that's kind of my first "job" after the course....it's great fun!
    Gudmundur Thor Gunnarsson ,Studio Sound Diploma 2012
  • After researching for Sound Engineering Courses in London I came across Alchemea’s website and felt it was undoubtedly the best place to study. I was also attracted to the fact they were the Europe’s leading Pro Tools Training Centre (Avid Pro School) and my training would be delivered by leading industry professionals.

    I therefore signed up to take the “Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering” integrating the Pro Tools music, post and ICON certification modules. The course was very intensive and required a great deal of hard work, commitment and time, but it was definitely worth the effort. Getting my hands on amazing equipment, learning from experienced professionals and making new friends from many cultural backgrounds were among my best experiences at the college.

    Once I finished all the courses in Dec 2010, I decided to take my Pro Tools knowledge to the highest level by signing up for the 310M & 310P (Expert) modules. It was incredibly tough but I passed and am very grateful for I received in helping me to succeed and achieve my goals.

    Overall, I would strongly recommend Alchemea and would like to say a big thank you the staff for giving me the real world knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in pro-audio. The experience will be cherished for the rest of my life.
    Vinit Gala: India ,2010/11
  • I'm DONE. What an amazing 9 months on Alchemea's Studio Sound Diploma course. Huge shout out to all Alchemea staff for making it so great. Met so many wonderful people. Feeling very lucky to have been a part of this school!
    Simon D Pratt,SSD 2012
  • Today is a pretty important day in my life. I got an intern job at a post production facility. It is just an intern job but it is a huge chance for me to grow in the industry I love the most. I realise how much the education you guys gave me in the Studio Sound Diploma made an actual proper difference in getting the owner to hire me. I thank you guys so much, I arrived at the College with just a so-called DJ audio knowledge and now I'm hopefully starting a pro career, and you have a big share of the merit.
    Flavio Diolaiti,SSDLSD 2012
  • Had such a great last 9 months on the Studio Sound Diploma, learnt loads of awesome things, got to play with some amazing tools, was taught by fabulous lecturers & met some fantastic people. It's been an absolute pleasure!
    Joe Standen,SSD 2012
  • "Alchemea College is the perfect place to learn everything from recording, to mixing and mastering, as well as Post Production. Of course it requires a lot of effort, committement and time, but it's definetely worth it. The skills i gained at the college were crucial for me to find work after the course completition, especially the Pro Tools lectures. The Software is well taught by industry professionals and is present in every workstation and computer in the college, and this makes the learning process much easier."
    Paulo G,Studio Sound Diploma 2009
  • Great course, awesome lecturers, anyone who has any interest in recording or live sound should check it out! I was a total novice coming into this, not even half way through and have already learned so much - Alchemea = awesome!!!
    Russell Nie,Studio Sound Diploma: 2010

Course Downloads

Full Time Course Brochure:

Click here to download or view our full time course brochure online.

 

Download our student handbook as a pdf:

Studio Sound Student Handbook 2012/3

 

See our recent performance statistics:

PDF LGO Studio Sound Diploma Performance Statistics

Duration: 52-weeks (+ variable term break between modules)

1750 Guided Learning Hours separated into:
•  500 hours of lectures in classroom
•  1250 hours of supervised practical time

 

What will I learn?

For in depth information about each Diploma module, please refer to the following pages:

• Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering & Music Production
• Diploma in Audio Post Production & Game Sound

 

Study Progression

On this course you would start by taking the 36-week Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma. After a short break this would be followed up by the 16 week Audio Post Production and Game Sound module. If you have any questions about the timings of the course and the term breaks, please contact us on 020 7359 3986 or email info@alchemea.com.

NCFE Level 4/5 validatedNCFE Logo

Alchemea’s Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering & Music Production has been independently validated by the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE) at level 4 against the Qualification and Credit Framework. While it is possible to progress your education after this course, our main aim is to give you the skills and confidence to enter straight into the workplace. Our forthcoming Diploma in Audio Post Production and Game Sound is being put forward for validation at level 5 thus demonstrating a clear study progression from the Sound Engineering and Music Production Diploma.

 

Beyond the academic and theoretical side of the course, we must stress that this course is not only intensive but very practically orientated. Upon completion, you will have completed real work practical tasks that accurately reflect task carried out in a “real world” working environment.

 

www.ncfe.org.uk

 

Course Grading

A 4 point grading scale is used - Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction. Alchemea College refers exclusively to industry standards (see Employer Involvement) as the benchmark for Pass/Merit/Distinction.

 

Below 50% - Fail.

 

Above 50% - Pass. This means a student has repeatedly shown to be aware of broad theoretical concepts, technically capable in simple situations and able to follow a brief even under time restrictions.

 

Above 60% - Pass with Merit. This means a student has repeatedly shown to be knowledgeable, technically capable in a variety of situations and able to be creative while following a brief, even under time restrictions.

 

Above 70% - Pass with Distinction. This means a student has repeatedly shown to be very knowledgeable, technically proficient in a variety of situations and able to show creative flair while following a brief, even under time restrictions.

 

By ensuring that the course directly meets the requirements of employers, the course meets National Occupational Standards, as laid out by Creative and Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Agency responsible for music.

 

 
Christian Huant College Principal
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Neil Pickles Director of Short Courses
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Jon Olliffe Head of Studio Sound
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Alex Burak Tech Manager & Lecturer
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Tom Hodge Film Music Tutor
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Marcello Ruggiu Ableton Certified Trainer
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Rob Walker Dubbing Mixer, Sound Editor/Designer
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Kath Pollard Re-Recording Mixer and Dialogue Editor
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Daniel Jaramello G. Avid Pro Tools Music Expert Instructor
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Marcel Van Limbeek Freelance Live & Studio Sound Tutor
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Justin Fraser Avid Certified Instructor (Post / ICON)
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Gary Bromham Freelance Apple & Pro Tools Tutor
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Tony English Freelance Audio Tutor & Studio Designer
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Haydn Bendall Freelance Lecturer & Abbey Road Engineer
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Richard Bignell Avid Certified Pro Tools Instructor
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Rebecca Duncan Studio Sound Tutor
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Nick Bridge-Butler Freelance Audio Tutor
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Mat McKinley Music Theory & Composition
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Classroom 3: East Wing Apple Technology Lab


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Pro Tools HDX Training Room


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Soundcraft Control Room


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SSL G Series Control Room


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SSL Duality Control Room


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Synth Programming Room


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ICON 5.1 Dubbing Theatre


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The enrolment process for students applying for Tier-4 student visa's is an involved and time consuming process. Alchemea employ a dedicated staff member to help administer this process. To maintain our status as a Highly Trusted Sponsor we also have to undergo rigorous yearly inspections by the British government and by our validation body NCFE. This not only carries inspection fees, but we also have to pay numerous yearly subscriptions. For these reasons international students are required to pay a £670 application fee (IAF). This is in addition to the standard £500 course registration fee. If a visa application is unsuccessful - and we are at fault, we will refund the IAF and course deposit in full. Or we will issue you with a new CAS and guide you through the application process again for no additional charge. We are however very thorough in our checks and have a very high application success rate (nearly 100%). We will not issue a CAS until we are confident that your visa application will be accepted.
Alchemea's full time programmes are very intensive. For this reason we recommend that student's do not undertake too much additional work to support their studies. It is therefore important that you have sufficient funds to get you through the course. If you do have to work then we advice that this is not more than one day of the weekend and possibly a night or two in the week. NOTE - visa student's are unable to work in the UK. If you hold a Tier-4 (General) visa you will be allowed to undertake unpaid work experience.
Yes - we include these as part of your media pack. We feel that it is important that you have access to a Mac based Pro Tools system in case you wish to work on your projects or make recordings remotely.
Alchemea closes for 2-weeks at the end of June and over Christmas. During this time full time students are free to take holiday. Short courses and events will still run during the summer break. Students will work on most public holidays. Our Diploma courses are intensive and you will be allocated practical sessions over some weekends. If you have a commitment, and assuming you give us plenty of notice, we will avoid booking your session on the weekend.
Because Alchemea is a "not for profit" organsiation ALL of our courses are exempt from VAT. Regardless of whether you are a business or an individual - you will not be charged VAT.
Tier-4 (General) student visa. Because our Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering course is over 6-months in duration you will need to apply for a Tier-4 (General) student visa. Once you have satisfied the application requirements for this course we will issue you with a CAS which will allow you to apply for your visa. Please visit our "International Students" page for more information.
It is advisable to bring a notepad and a pen to take notes during the course. Everything else will be provided for you!
This venue for this course it at our Windsor Centre facility in Islington.

Alchemea, The Windsor Centre, Windsor Street, London, N1 8QG
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You will find the pre-requisites for this course over on the overview tab of this course page.
 
Thanks for great year and for a really good course. I enjoyed every second of the Studio Sound Diploma and i've been recommending the course to sound geeks on this island in the north. Since the course i've been mixing two albums from two different bands and recording for another one here so that's kind of my first "job" after the course....it's great fun! Gudmundur Thor Gunnarsson , Studio Sound Diploma 2012
After researching for Sound Engineering Courses in London I came across Alchemea’s website and felt it was undoubtedly the best place to study. I was also attracted to the fact they were the Europe’s leading Pro Tools Training Centre (Avid Pro School) and my training would be delivered by leading industry professionals.

I therefore signed up to take the “Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering” integrating the Pro Tools music, post and ICON certification modules. The course was very intensive and required a great deal of hard work, commitment and time, but it was definitely worth the effort. Getting my hands on amazing equipment, learning from experienced professionals and making new friends from many cultural backgrounds were among my best experiences at the college.

Once I finished all the courses in Dec 2010, I decided to take my Pro Tools knowledge to the highest level by signing up for the 310M & 310P (Expert) modules. It was incredibly tough but I passed and am very grateful for I received in helping me to succeed and achieve my goals.

Overall, I would strongly recommend Alchemea and would like to say a big thank you the staff for giving me the real world knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in pro-audio. The experience will be cherished for the rest of my life. Vinit Gala: India , 2010/11
I'm DONE. What an amazing 9 months on Alchemea's Studio Sound Diploma course. Huge shout out to all Alchemea staff for making it so great. Met so many wonderful people. Feeling very lucky to have been a part of this school! Simon D Pratt, SSD 2012
Today is a pretty important day in my life. I got an intern job at a post production facility. It is just an intern job but it is a huge chance for me to grow in the industry I love the most. I realise how much the education you guys gave me in the Studio Sound Diploma made an actual proper difference in getting the owner to hire me. I thank you guys so much, I arrived at the College with just a so-called DJ audio knowledge and now I'm hopefully starting a pro career, and you have a big share of the merit. Flavio Diolaiti, SSDLSD 2012
Had such a great last 9 months on the Studio Sound Diploma, learnt loads of awesome things, got to play with some amazing tools, was taught by fabulous lecturers & met some fantastic people. It's been an absolute pleasure! Joe Standen, SSD 2012
"Alchemea College is the perfect place to learn everything from recording, to mixing and mastering, as well as Post Production. Of course it requires a lot of effort, committement and time, but it's definetely worth it. The skills i gained at the college were crucial for me to find work after the course completition, especially the Pro Tools lectures. The Software is well taught by industry professionals and is present in every workstation and computer in the college, and this makes the learning process much easier." Paulo G, Studio Sound Diploma 2009
Great course, awesome lecturers, anyone who has any interest in recording or live sound should check it out! I was a total novice coming into this, not even half way through and have already learned so much - Alchemea = awesome!!! Russell Nie, Studio Sound Diploma: 2010

Alchemea has 4 Studio, Audio Post & Game Sound enrolments per year. Each enrolment is restricted to 20 students and this is split into 2 classes of 10. This means that our Studio, Audio Post & Game Sound Diploma courses usually fill up 3 months before the start date. Please let us know if you are interested in a course that is advertised as full because places sometimes become available as a result of deferrals and cancellations. We will add you to the waiting list. Below are the course dates and availability for our next few enrolments.


Course Date
Course Code
Notes
 
From: 29 September 2014
To: 25 October 2015
2014.4SSDAPD
15 Places Left
 
From: 06 January 2015
To: 05 February 2016
2015.1SSDAPD
16 Places Left