FdA Electronic Music Production

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Study FdA Electronic Music Production at Leeds Conservatoire

Develop your creativity by writing original music that focuses on contemporary electronic music including genres such as EDM, Hip Hop, Techno, DnB and Grime, whilst acquiring skills in dedicated music production suites.

This vocational course centres on electronic music production, composition and DJ performance technologies, and caters for students wanting to learn or improve existing electronic music productive skills. Students have access to high end equipment and resources, and are taught by experts in their field, in a friendly setting, with other like-minded people.

The FdA (Foundation Degree) is a two year full-time course, equivalent in level to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree. It is a stand-alone qualification suitable for those who may have limited experience or qualifications in the subject but are looking for a vocational ‘hands-on’ course to teach them the skills they need to progress in the industry.

On completion of the two-year course you will graduate with a FdA (Foundation Degree). Many students choose to ‘top-up’ their FdA to a BA (Hons) degree by going on to complete the 3rd year of our BA (Hons) Music Production course. On completion of the ‘Top-up’ 3rd Year you would then graduate with a BA (Hons) in Music Production.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W307
  • UCAS Institution Code: L30
  • Apply Via: UCAS Undergraduate Application (note: this course cannot be found under the 'Conservatoire' application option)
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull


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, a bespoke DJ Suite with cutting-edge equipment, as well as numerous composition, rehearsal and performance spaces.

All of these facilities are open until late 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.

Career destinations

Graduates from Music Production degrees at Leeds Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Recording Artists, Sound Designers, Broadcasters and Producers. Find out more in our Alumni section.

Bespoke DJ Suite

FdA Electronic Music Production students will be able to utilise Leeds Conservatoire's cutting-edge and bespoke DJ Suite, equipped with the latest professional standard equipment and software including:

  • Roland DJ808 Controllers
  • Ableton Push 2 Controllers
  • Pioneer PLX1000 Turntables
  • Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2 DJ Controllers
  • Pioneer DJM - 900NXS2 Mixers
  • Ableton Live
  • Serato DJ Pro
  • Traktor
  • Rekord Box
Check out the full DJ Suite here
"EMP is a great choice if you're into producing any kind of electronic music. It teaches the fundamentals of music production and writing music; from composition and arrangement to the technical side of mixing and mastering your tracks and the ins and outs of the music industry over the 2 year course.

It's a great place to meet other musicians from all kinds of backgrounds and has great facilities including mixing studios and DJ suites. All the tutors are brilliant and are always happy to help with assignments and to give a broad range of feedback on music.

We have had many opportunities for practice in the industry such as work experience available at Inner City Electronic, Sounds Like This and Leeds Festival, which I was lucky enough to be able to attend in Summer 2019."

Holly Dale - Y2 FdA Electronic Music Production

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.

See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

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.

Industry Studies 1

Industry Studies 1 is a module that compliments the programme’s practical and theoretical music production focussed modules and is designed to orientate the students with opportunities presented within the creative industries along with important skill sets that can be applied to further study.

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:

Live Performance Project

  • Enhance your live performance skills, in addition to your studio-based production activities, by devising, planning and delivering a live performance.

Sound Synthesis Project

  • Enhance your production skills by exploring a wide range of analogue and digital sound synthesis technologies.

Studio Recording for Electronic Music Producers

  • Enhance your production skills with a range of studio production techniques using industry standard equipment found within a recording studio environment.
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.

Industry Studies 2

You will develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge that is required for both the development of a business venture and preparation for a career in the creative industries.

Recognising the importance of the portfolio career of the musician, this module is designed to afford students the opportunity of designing a bespoke career plan relevant to their particular areas of specialism.

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. See our BA (Hons) Music Production (Top-Up) for more information.

These module specifications are for applicants choosing to start their course in the 2020/21 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications by September 2020.

Eden Anderson 2 Matt Pitman

Alumni Profile

Eden Prince

Course Studied: FdA/BA Music Production

With over 100 million streams on Spotify and a Platinum record to boot, Eden burst onto the scene with a series of inspired reworkings of hits by various artists including fellow Leeds Conservatoire graduate John Newman.

Maintaining a fairly mysterious public persona, Prince began leaking his smooth, club-ready covers of songs by Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, among others, around 2015.

Since then, Eden has been invited by Jonas Blue to play at Cream Ibiza.

See more from graduates

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 late, and are equipped with industry standard software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Ableton.

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Course Tutors

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Alexander MacDonald HallidayCurriculum Manager: Foundation Degrees

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Production), FdA Music Production, FdA Electronic Music Production, Short Courses

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Marlon HodelinSenior Lecturer, Module Co-ordinator & Short Courses Tutor

Courses Taught: FdA Electronic Music Production, Introduction to Mixing and Mastering

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Dave Clews
Dave ClewsLecturer: FdA Music Production / FdA Electronic Music Production

Courses taught: FdA Music Production, FdA Electronic Music Production

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"I have loved every minute of this course so far. All the tutors are very engaging and will try their best to help in any way they can If you need it.

There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in workshops/music projects with other students across all different courses. I've been hugely inspired and my creativity has blossomed so much from being surrounded by all the talented people, both students and teachers.

Overall, it was a great decision coming here and I would recommend to any music lover."

Ellie Bishop, Y1 FdA Electronic Music Production

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Foundation Degree
Duration: 2 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2022
Validated by: University of Hull*

*Note for applicants for 2023/24 entry onwards:

Leeds Conservatoire plans to apply to the Office for Students for Degree Awarding Powers. If we are granted Degree Awarding Powers, your degree may be awarded by Leeds Conservatoire rather than validated by the University of Hull.

Course Key Information Document 2020/21

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

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Portfolio Information

UK applicants to certain courses at Leeds Conservatoire will need to audition, interview or submit a portfolio of work.

Find more information and course-specific audition guides for UK applicants and International Applicants.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)
UCAS Code: W307
UCAS Institution Code: L30

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International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

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  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
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