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.

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  • 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
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"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* (See Modules and Specifications for full details)

This 2-year course develops your skills as an electronic music producer in live DJ performance technologies, computer music and electronic music composition. In addition, a choice of projects will allow you to apply your skills to different scenarios.

In a year-long project spanning your second year, you will research career opportunities relating to your own area of specialism and conceive and produce a market-ready product with input from an industry mentor. 

Example* modules you may study on this course include:

  • DJ Performance Technologies
  • Computer Music
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Music Production in Context
  • Industry Studies
  • Music Industry Project 
  • Live Performance Project**
  • Sound Synthesis Project**
  • Studio Recording Project**

*The above examples are chosen to represent a selection of the kind of mandatory and elective module options offered, so you can tailor your degree to your area of interest. See the full list of modules currently available for this course, including which elective module options can be chosen each year, plus detailed module specification documents.

**Elective module - you cannot take all of these options. See the full list of modules currently available for this course for more details.

Optional Year 3: Progress to the third year of our BA (Hons) Music (Production) degree

On completion of the Foundation Degree, you can apply to join the third year of our Music Production degree and achieve a BA (Hons) in Music Production.

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS tariff points from level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

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).

Read our full entry requirements.

How to Apply

Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)

Read our step-by-step application guide

Portfolio

Applicants will be assessed by UCAS application. Some applicants may be invited to submit a portfolio for assessment.

Read more detailed portfolio information.

Fees & Funding
International Applicants

Note: These courses cannot be taken by students who would require a Student (formerly Tier 4) Visa. 

Our 3-Year BA (Hons) Music (Production) is an alternative option for those studying on a visa.

Information for International Students

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

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding

Course Type: Undergraduate, Foundation Degree
Duration: 2 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)
UCAS Code: W307
UCAS Institution Code: L30
Validated by: University of Hull*

*Note for applicants and offer holders for 2023/24 entry:

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.

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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.

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Facilities

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
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