TECHNOLOGICAL DIPLOMA IN MUSIC PRODUCTION

Academic year & Intensive Courses
2 years
6.375 €
*Tuition for the first year | Limited places in course
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  • Barcelona - October 2020
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Description

The Technologial Diploma in Music Production is a two-year professional formation taught at Microfusa. On successful completion of the diploma, it is possible to go on to do a university degree (Bachelor of Arts Hons)* in England, incorporating directly into the third year at Solent University.

This course offers the best possible training and preparation required in order to be professionally successful in the constantly evolving world of music production, applying the tools and technology inherent to the production of both electronic music and acoustic recordings and mixing, all undertaken in professional recording studios. In addition, the training supports one to develop and excel in musical creativity.

In order to give you some perspective, you will also have the chance to learn in-depth about the fundamentals of musical language and composition, the history of the musical production and of music. Among the numerous subjects, it is worth mentioning, the vast concepts related to the music industry including, contracts, promotion, copyrights, etc.

What’s more is the incorporation of native English teachers to the team that are musical producer. Supporting students in preparation for university access examinations and to develop technical language.

Our Diploma also has included in the courses program the official accreditation offered by software manufacturers, including; Ableton Live, Apple and Avid, corresponding course books and exam fees for Logic 101 and Protools 101 and 110.

*Refer to higher degrees section to consult the University degrees (BA Hons - BSc Hons) the diploma gives access to

Syllabus

First Year

  • Electronic Music production. Digital audio workstations. Programming, recording, and processing MIDI. introduction to virtual instruments and effects. Physics of sound. Using synthesizers and samplers in music production and sound design. Psychoacoustics. Equalizers and filters, dynamics processors, delay and reverberation units, other effect units. The mix. Processing and automation in the mix
  • Music theory. Rhythmic values, Tempo, time signature, structure, and staff. Drums, patterns, and additional rhythmic values. Repeat signs, dynamic and articulation markings. Musical intervals. Major and minor scales and key signatures.How to find major and minor tonalities from a key signature. Triad chords and inversions in major and minor scales. Melodic decoration. Contrapunctual motion. Tetrachord and inversions in the major scale. Harmonic analysis. Harmonic functions and cadences in the major scale. Harmonic rhythm I.
  • Software. Official software accreditations including; Ableton Live (101), Apple Logic Pro 101, Native Instruments, Propellerhead Reason.
  • Music History. Current musical trends. Both independent and alternative artists and bands. Music of the 21st century. The era of rock and pop (1950-2000). Blues, Jazz, classical music, 20th-century avant-garde, and electroacoustic. Film, video games, and music. History of musical production.
  • Projects. In each subject, various projects are developed, either individually or in groups, aimed at putting in practice lessons learned in each area. These projects will constitute the digital portfolio of each student.

Second Year

  • Sound technology for music production. Audio equipment. Connectors and mixers. Microphones, preamplification, and audio interfaces. Musical instruments. Monitoring. Acoustic principles.
  • Studio recording. Voice, guitar, and piano recording. Band recording: drums, electric bass, keys, voice, and guitars. Band: live recording. Audio edition. Tempo and tuning correction. Mixing techniques. Mastering introduction.
  • Mastering. The mastering equipment. Corrective and creative equalization. Dynamic processing. Compressor types and compression techniques. Advanced processing and finalization.
  • Music theory. Minor scales. Chords, functions of the degrees, cadences, and harmonic analysis on the minor scale. Other chords. Modal interchange. Harmonic analysis with modal Interchange chords. The Greek Modes. Degrees in greek modes. Musical compositions using greek modes. Analysis of songs written using the greek modes. Voicings. Secondary dominants.
  • Music Industry. Composition, recording, and legal framework. The publishing and the recording industry. Collection societies. Revenue Stream. Legal framework. Legal framework 2. Managers and booking agencies. Booker functions. The promoter. Legal framework III. Merchandising. Types of events. Project management tools. The contemporary live performance industry. Awards ceremonies. Digital distribution. Legal framework IV. Marketing. Streaming platforms. Communication agencies. The stages of an artist’s development. Marketing psychology. Music industry: Audiovisual business. Censorship in music. Evolution in market control. Communication.
  • Software. Official Avid Protools 101 y 110.
  • Final Project of the diploma. An individual project that summarizes the two years of the diploma and that integrates all aspects of music production, both from the artistic and technological perspective.

*Coursework is required throughout the two years of the course and is directly connected to the themes covered during the term. Multiple projects may be requested at the same time. Workstations and studios are available to students to complete this coursework. Each term, spaces are allotted according to the requirements of the coursework.

Requirements

Academic

  • Recommended, Baccalaureate or equivalent A-levels studies. Students with inferior studies must organize an interview with the school director 
  • Successful completion of the 2-year diploma gives access to the third university year (top up course) in England, at Solent University.

In order to be able to access said university and in so doing attain a University Degree the access requirements are; Baccalaureate (any modality), English language level IELTS certification with the cutoff score of 6 in speaking and writing. Lastly, not to forget the successful completion of all the Diploma subjects, in accordance with Microfusas requirements.

All of these requirements must be met when registering at the university, which is usually in June previous to the start. This gives students the opportunity to master their English and, in some cases to complete their Baccalaureate or A-levels studies.


Materials

  • The centre provides all the necessary materials for the course, as well as the availability of recording studios for the course studies and to work on projects, practice, and study.
Objectives

The objectives of this course are as follows: to prepare students for work in a professional musical environment: recording studios, record production, advertising and publicity, online distribution, social networking, etc.

To achieve this goal, we provide the student with a broad general knowledge of the music production environment, focussing on the tools and techniques needed to create, mix and complete musical projects.

In order to complete the Diploma in Music Production, a high level of dedication and commitment is required

Timetable

The methodology used in the course is based on a blended learning format, incorporating activities that evolve in our classrooms and recording studios, supported by our virtual campus. Said activities include collaborative practices, magisterial classes, discussion forums and group projects among others. The course content is available online, accessible 24 hours, on any electronic device (i.e. computer, tablet and mobile).

The debate forums will stimulate critical thinking/analysis along with the exchange of ideas. The practices and projects objective is, learning by doing, and working in teams with other students. This is all closely overseen and led by our highly specialized educators, all of whom have extensive experience in the field.


For the Technological Diploma in Music Production students can choose from the following available schedules:

  • Morning schedule: 08:30 am to 14:30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Afternoon schedule: 16:00 pm to 19:00 pm, Monday to Friday and 16:00 pm to 22:00 pm one day per week

The course is made up of approximately 2.000 hours distributed between theoretical classes, practices, assisted projects, self-study and personal practices.

The weekly classes are undertaken in the following way:

  • Production/sound equipment – 6h/weekly
  • Specific software (Apple Logic and Avid Protools) – 3h/weekly
  • History of the music, musical productions and musical industry - 3h/weekly
  • Musical language - 3h/weekly

The rest of the hours are meant for students to study and work on exercises and/or projects that are requested during the semester. For this students have access to classrooms and recording studios (access to recording studios will depend on the semester). 


Observations

  • Maximum number of places available: 24
  • Applications are treated on a first-come-first-serve basis
  • This course requires a minimum of 8 students
Payment Methods

TUITION PAYMENT METHODS

Option: Full payment upfront

  • Reservation of place in course first year1: 300€
  • 1st year (single payment) 3: 6.075€
  • Reservation of place in course second year1: 300€
  • 2nd year (single payment) 3: 5.775€

The total amount for both years with full payment up front = 12.450€

Option: Fractioned payments, domiciling it through a Spanish bank account 1 1st year:

  • Reservation of place in course 1: 300€
  • 1st Payment 3: 1.420€
  • 8 instalments: 611€ (November to June)

2nd year:

  • Reservation of place in course 1: 300€
  • 1st payment 3: 1.420€
  • 8 instalments: 572€ (November to June)

The total amount for both years with Financed payment is = 12.904€

Option: Fractioned payments, without domiciling 1st year:

  • Reservation of place in course 1: 300€
  • 1st Payment 4: 2.100€
  • 2nd payment 5: 2.100€
  • 3rd payment 6: 2.100€

2nd year:

  • Reservation of place in course 1: 300€
  • 1st Payment 4: 2.000€
  • 2nd payment 5: 2.000€
  • 3rd payment 6: 2.000€

The total amount for both years with Financed payment is = 12.900€


Observations

  1. The deposit for the reservation of your place in the course is non-refundable. past 14 days after the course is contracted
  2. To access the financing service the following is imperative: Spanish bank account information. TIN interest rate of 5%, 5,11% TAE. The payments will be debited directly by bank or cashier by the 5th of each month, except the first payment that will be done by a one-off transfer or in cash.
  3. The deadline to make the first payment or single payment is the 15th of September 2020
  4. The deadline to make the first payment is the 15th of September 2020
  5. The deadline to make the second payment is the 15th of December 2020
  6. The deadline to make the third payment is the 15th of March  2021

The cost includes vast educational materials of the school, available on the virtual campus, as well as, books (physical or electronic), requested from the manufacturers of the official courses, as well as the exam fees for said courses.
The exam fees of Microfusa and of the official courses also are included, with the possibility of repeating an exam each semester, in the case a student does not successfully pass an exam on their first attempt (with exception to Apple Logic's official accreditation, in the case of having to repeat this exam, students will have to deposit 75€ for the exam fees)

For more information, please contact admissions; escuela@microfusa.com.