This diploma focuses on the practical and creative elements of using a range of recording studios, so that when you have completed the course, you will confident in any professional recording situation.
It could serve as the start of a new career in audio production or as an entry point to our Audio Engineering and production degree.
The course consists of instructional lessons and a range of hands on professional project assignments which will take you on a path through each of our eight studios, finishing up with you at the helm of our Neve Legend desk in Studio One.
Over six terms and two years you will develop the sound recording, engineering and studio techniques needed to start your music production career.
The course is structured logically and based on real world workflows, so you will feel comfortable moving from recording to mixing, to application within music, film and games projects.
You will become proficient in Pro Tools to Certified Operator level and become practised in standard studio and session management techniques.
The course starts with a simple recording project and develops to encompass sound for film, TV and games. By the end of the diploma, you will have recorded a full album and produced audio for both film and game projects.
Our close connections with industry means that you will get the opportunity to work on a number of real-world briefs and develop valuable contacts as you progress through the programme.
However, the thing that students enjoy the most about this course is escaping from the limitations of their own home studios and working in a fully professional environment. This new found freedom, and the way the course is structured, opens up exciting and unexpected creative avenues and potential careers for them.
This diploma takes a very direct approach to giving you everything you need to start a career in audio production. It is ideally suited to someone who wants an intensive ‘audio apprenticeship’, or someone who wants to enrol on an audio degree course but has not yet achieved the necessary academic entry requirements. Successful completion of this course guarantees an entrance interview to join the second year of our Audio Engineering and Production degree.
Alternatively, you may already have a degree and you are considering a change in career. Many of our students work full-time and they are able to fit the lessons around their lifestyles.
One of the many advantages of this course is that class sizes are limited. This means that the majority of lessons are conducted in the studio and the small class sizes give us the flexibility to change and adapt the course to the needs of individual students.
This course in run by one our most industry focused tutors and he is still highly active in the audio business. He brings a vast amount of real world experience to the programme and uses his contacts in the music, film and games industries to bring the subject to life.
Successful completion of this course prepares you for a wide range of roles within the creative industries. You could end up working in recording studios and live music venues as a music producer or engineer, or in film production companies as sound editor, or even in games studios as an audio designer.
Futureworks students from this diploma course have landed roles with a wide range of companies, such as Sony Pictures and EA Games, while many others have forged successful freelance music production careers.
Awards:Futureworks Audio Engineering and Production Diploma PLUS Pro Tools Certified Operator
Duration: Two years, part-time
Time:Two-days per week, 7pm to 10pm
You will be taught in our purpose-built Audio Classroom, (with your own fully-loaded iMac workstation , Yamaha mixer and Digidesign Command 8). Practical time takes place in the following studios: Toft ATB24, D-Command Music, SSL AWS900, Camera studio, D-Command 5.1 AV Post Production Suite, D-Control Dubbing Theatre and Neve VRL60. When its time to wind down, you can relax in the Futureworks lounge, or one of the many local bars and cafés.
You will take part in a mix of informative lectures and workshops combined with both guided and independent practical activity. There is a major focus on practical projects, many of which are run collaboratively with students on other courses such as TV and Film Production, and are based around "live" briefs. In addition, students are invited to participate in any commercial sessions held at Futureworks. The tuition is enhanced by regular guest lectures from industry experts. Embedded within the course is the official Pro Tools training programme, up to Operator level, Avid training and Apple training. All course materials are included in the fees.
All Futureworks tutors are experienced professionals. As well as your main tutors, you will have regular lectures and workshops from carefully chosen visiting tutors with specialisms in certain techniques.
Assessment comprises a series of real-world projects, which are marked according to industry specifications, and mapped to Skillset National Occupational Standards. Apple, Avid and Digidesign Certification is assessed by online examination.
Successful graduates will achieve Futureworks Audio Engineering Certificate (1 year) or Diploma (2 years), as well as 'Pro Tools Operator' certification. You will also leave with an impressive Showreel, finished to commercial standard, which will showcase a wide range of audio techniques.
£9125. You can pay in a single payment or by monthly installments of £365.
Fees for our Diploma, Foundation and Fast-track courses vary from course to course.
Fee information for each programme is available in the Useful Info section of individual course pages, and are also included in the Futureworks Prospectus.