Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Music Production for Film, TV and Games (CertHE) CertHE
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Key Course Facts

Course Description

If you’re keen to compose and produce music for the thriving television, film and games industries, this specialist hands-on one-year course will provide you with a thorough overview.

Whether you have a particular passion for games, TV or film – or all three – you’ll discover a variety of production and audio composition opportunities on this one-year CertHE programme. With a focus on real-world briefs and weekly tasks drawn directly from industry, you’ll gain the necessary creative and technical skills to develop engaging music and sound of professional quality.

Working with the very best music technology and software, this progressive course will teach you key production techniques such as programming, sampling, synthesis and using plugins.

Covering the foundations of both production and theory, the course takes you through composition, arrangement and musical language. You’ll put what you learn into practice, confidently exercising your creativity across composition design for a variety of media, such as TV series and documentaries, TV commercials, games, film trailers and more.

The course provides an impressive overview of the music and wider creative industries, exposing you to the realities of revenue streams, networking, rights, royalties, distribution and entrepreneurship, among many other key topics – all from the point of view of the composer–producer.

On campus at ICMP, you’ll study in our cutting-edge Mac labs and teaching spaces, all of which are fitted out with the highest quality production kit. Professional-standard instruments, controllers, effects units, vocal processors, loop stations, PAs and microphones are all at your disposal.

You won’t be limited to using our equipment during class time either – you can book all ICMP’s facilities free of charge, seven days a week for use outside of timetabled hours. Collaboration with music production students and those from other ICMP programmes is highly encouraged, too. You’ll further solidify your learning with regular ICMP events, such as guest lectures, gigs, masterclasses, careers days, songwriting circles and industry conferences.

Upon completion of the CertHE Music Production for Film, TV and Games, you’ll have developed a professional standard of technical expertise in production and composing – enough to begin a career as a sound designer, composer or producer. If you decide to progress further study, the CertHE offers direct pathways to ICMP’s bachelor’s degrees in music production for film, TV and games, creative musicianship, creative music production or audio engineering and production.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Music Production for Film, TV and Games (CertHE), CertHE you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2. ICMP are able t

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Tuition Fees Music Production for Film, TV and Games (CertHE) CertHE

EU £9250
England UK £9250
Northern Ireland £9250
Scotland £9250
Wales £9250
Channel Islands £9250
Ireland £9250
International £13750

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is a specialist education provider for numerous subjects related to the world of music, located in the city of London, England. The ICMP began its existence as a place to teach guitar and bass exclusively, but has since evolved to include the education of vocals and drums, as well as the creative process of songwriting and music production in a studio setting.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - 1B Dyne Road
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