Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering & Music Production - £9,980
Next Course starts 8 July 2013
- Pro Tools 210M (Leads to Music Operator Certification) - £455 (optional)
- Pro Tools 210P (Leads to Post Operator Certification) - £695 (optional)
- Logic 301 “Advanced Techniques in Logic Pro” - £380 (optional)
This price is discounted for student’s who take this course as part of one our Diploma Bundles.
The Studio Sound Engineering Diploma is Alchemea’s most popular course and has proven to be highly successful in preparing our students for the world of commercial sound engineering. We are well connected in the industry and do our best to match our students with jobs. To date 85% of our “distinction” graduates have found work in the industry within 6 months of leaving.The industry recognises that our graduates have not only the “real world” practical skills, but also the right attitude to make a successful employee.
Students focus on all key aspects of audio engineering including recording techniques, editing and processing techniques, mixing techniques, programming and also receive an introduction to post-production (sound for moving picture). As well as gaining a solid understanding of all underlying audio theory - from basic maths and physics to advanced digital audio concepts - students will also be introduced to audio mastering and live sound production.
"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
Practical, Practical, Practical
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 very 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, but – and this is critical - they may not require your presence on a continual basis.
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 Studio Sound Diploma student at Alchemea, your course will break for between 1 and 3 weeks in the Summer and 2 to 3 weeks over Christmas.
Mobile Studio Included
As a Studio Sound Diploma you will receive the latest Apple MacBook Pro (13″ 2.5 GHz) and a copy of Avid Pro Tools 10. YES – these are yours to keep!!!
We also throw in plenty of blank media. Your mobile studio will enable to you to work on some of your projects from home and produce on location. Upon completion of your studies, you will also have access to your own Pro Tools system, which means you can keep you skills up-to-date.
Progress onto a Degree Course at Anglia Ruskin University
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.
We are proud to have been awarded “Educational Oversight” by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI). We have also achieved HTS (Highly Trusted Sponsor Status) by the UK Border Agency. This means that if you are a student from outside the European Union you can apply for a student visa to study for a Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering at Alchemea in London. Once you have successfully satisfied our application criteria we will issue you with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Study). During your stay you will NOT be allowed to work however you will be allowed to undertake work placements as part of your course.
Please refer to our International Students Page for more information about how to apply for a student visa.
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Duration: 36-weeks – next course starts 8 July 2013
1300 Guided Learning Hours separated into:
• 300 hours of lectures in classroom
• 1000 hours of individual, supervised practical time
Studio Sound Engineering Course Structure
The Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma course is 36-weeks long and is split into 4 parts. Part 1 is our 8-week Studio Sound Certificate and covers the fundamentals. This module provides solid foundations for the more advanced parts of the course. Part 2 aims to teach candidates the basics of running a recording and mixing session successfully. Part 3 introduces students to the fields of Audio Post Production for Film and Television and Electronic music production. This final part of the course builds on the technical knowledge acquired in the previous parts and aims to consolidate the student’s skills and knowledge thus preparing them for the workplace. Click on the NCFE Unit Overview Button above for detailed information about the Studio Sound Diploma curriculum.
Lectures last for approximately 3 hours (with a break) and run Monday to Friday for the majority of the course. We limit our enrolment to 20 students which is then divided into two classes of 10. We therefore run the same lecture twice in a day. The morning lecture starts at 11am and the afternoon lecture starts at 3pm. There are a few weeks at the end of each part where you will have no lectures. During this time you will be expected to complete your practical assignments and revise for your end of part exams. If you choose to study for your Pro Tools Operators Certificate then you will take the additional lectures at this time.
Students are generally allocated 8-hour practical sessions in our state of the art studios. These sessions are booked around your lecture so if you take the morning lecture your practical session will run from 2pm to 10pm and if you take the afternoon lecture your practical session will run from 6am to 2pm.
Occasionally all students will be allocated the graveyard shift (10pm to 6am). It is not uncommon for student to then get a few hours sleep on the common room sofa before either making their way home or going to their morning lecture.
Practical Course Work
We expect you to complete the following practical assignments over the duration of the course:
- 2 x live to stereo recordings
- 2 x multi-track recordings
- 2 x programming exercises (1 in Logic & 1 in Pro Tools)
- Sampling Project
- Audio Editing Exercise
- Sound to Film Project
- Radio Show Production
We stagger these projects over the 9-months and the more advanced assignments take place later on in the course. You will have plenty of time to complete these projects however we strongly recommend that you don’t leave them until the last minute!
Tests & Exams
Over the duration of the course you will be expected to sit 6 written exams, 4 practical exams, a fault finding test, file management test, sampling test and music composition test. Practical Assignments 80% of your final mark will be determined by the standard of your practical course work. We will set course work at the start of each part of the course. You will need to submit this at the end of the part and we aim to mark and feedback within 6-weeks. Closely tracking your progress throughout the course will enable us to continually support your development.
Avid Pro Tools
Pro Tools is the industry standard application for recording, sequencing, editing and mixing audio. It can be found in nearly all of the major music and post production studios around the globe. The chances are that the majority of music and film sound you listen to has passed through a Pro Tools system at some point. Avid’s Pro Tools 101 , 110 and 201 modules are included in the Studio Sound Diploma course. For an additional cost, students have the option to integrate the 210M/P (Music & Post Operator Certifications). These additional modules run concurrent to the later stages of the Diploma course and if you pass the online 210 exam you will be a “Certified Pro Tools Operator”. This industry certification could help you to secure your first job upon completion of the course. Student’s who take these additional modules will also gain access to our state of the art Pro Tools HDX training room. This is the ideal environment to practice your skills in preparation for the exam.
If you wish to study up Expert level (310) you take these additional modules as a short course after the Diploma program and receive a 30% – 50% discount (class size dependent)
Apple Logic Pro
Alchemea is one of Europe’s premier Apple Authorised Training Centres. The Logic 101 (Level 1) course, accompanying book and DVD are included in the Studio Sound Diploma.
One of the main aims of this course is to prepare students for Apple’s Certified Pro examinations. These industry‐recognised qualifications are a useful addition to your CV demonstrating that you are a confident and knowledgeable Logic Pro 9 user. The pass mark is 80% and if you pass you become an “Apple Certified Pro” (Level 1). You will also receive a nice certificate from Apple.
Adobe CS6 & Ableton Live
Alchemea is an Ableton & Adobe Certified Training Centre. We look at Ableton live in the Studio Sound Diploma course however we also run more in depth short courses which focus on advanced music production and live performance. As an Adobe Authorised Training Centre we can also offer Studio Sound Student’s great offers on Adobe Creative Suite training (Photoshop / After Effects / Premiere Pro).
NCFE Level 4 validated
Alchemea’s Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering 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.
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.
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.
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Soundcraft Control Room
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|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.|
|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.|
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A lot of things have happened (for the better) in my life and I have to say that my passing through Alchemea has a lot to do with it. I now live in Bergen, Norway with my girlfriend (as was planned) and I’m building my little home studio and writing music for an upcoming new album aaaaand....I got a FANTASTIC JOB as a live sound engineer at a place called PAP (PA Produksjoner) Bergen....and that makes me a genuinely happy guy.
The training Alchemea is giving is FANTASTIC!!! I can’t be more GRATEFUL to Alchemea because I probably wouldn’t be here doing what I do, having the life I have and working in what I work (confidently!!!) if it wasn’t for the time I spent there; all the knowledge, professionalism, ethics and values I learn from everyone at Alchemea gave me the right bases to start a career as a professional...WOW!!
People don’t question what you know when they see your passionate about what you do and when they see you know what you’re doing. I’m SOOOOOOOOO lucky I got to learn from the best and I’m so glad I did these course with the enthusiasm I did, INSPIRED by the real, true passion that everyone there has for audio and for true professionalism...it’s contagious!!!
Thank you once again, although a simple thank you can’t really express my gratitude and love!!! I have to say those times have been one of my happiest in life!Sebastian Acosta, Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma (2011/12)
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
Alchemea has 4 Studio Sound Diploma enrolments per year. Each enrolment is restricted to 20 students and this is split into 2 classes of 10. This means that our Studio 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.