School of Music & Sound

Become a pioneer in the world of music and sound production with our degrees and short courses.

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Overview

Ranging from music production to sound engineering and studio recording to sound design for visual media, our project-based undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes help you find and develop your sound and prepare you for a career as a music or sound professional.

Our courses will hone your creative and technical skill set, while challenging you to strengthen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, all guided by industry-acclaimed experts. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with students in our film and acting schools.

Undergraduate courses

Electronic Music Production & Performance BA (Hons) / HE Certificate

Become a pioneer in the world of electronic music production with our project-based curriculum, in which bold experimentation and risk-taking are key to your success.

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Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering BA (Hons) / HE Certificate

Discover your sonic fingerprint as a music producer or sound engineer in a programme that combines vocational technical training, creative practice and critical thinking.

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Music & Sound Design for Visual Media BA (Hons) / HE Certificate

Develop your own creative voice as an audio storyteller and sound designer across film and a range of visual media in this interdisciplinary, project-based and collaborative programme.

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Postgraduate courses

Creative Production (Music) MA

Reshape your music practice and pursue your chosen area of interest, desired specialisation or passion project through practice-based artistic research.

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Summer short courses

Studio Recording – Short Course

Level: Beginner

Learn the fundamentals of recording and producing bands, soloists or electronic artists in a professional studio environment.

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Electronic Music Production – Short Course

Level: Beginner

Learn the core principles of the craft of the electronic music producer and hone your skills to express your creative ideas.

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Mixing & Mastering Electronic Music – Short Course

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Advance your creative and technical approach to refining and finishing your tracks as an electronic music producer.

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Advanced Sound Design – Short Course

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Already started your journey in electronic music production? This short course is for the artist or producer who is ready to stretch their capabilities and take their work to the next stage in its evolution. 

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Learn by doing

You won’t find any “traditional” classrooms, lectures or exams at Catalyst. It’s hands-on from day one and you’ll be collaborating with other motivated creatives on projects. You’ll produce work under challenging creative and logistical constraints that will both stretch and empower you. You’ll use this momentum to form a foundation of technical skills and theoretical understanding, then build upon it with expert guidance by our tutors.

Industry-standard facilities

Based at the iconic Funkhaus, our riverside campus is part of the historic building that was once home to the GDR’s broadcasting station and was one of the world’s largest multi-studio complexes during the Soviet era. 

It’s a technological playground with industry-standard facilities, including 25 studios and production suites for music and sound (five of which are vintage), an electronic music performance space with stage and spatial sound and multiple computer labs. You’ll also get your hands on several tons of bookable audio equipment, including mixing consoles, musical instruments, synthesisers, drum machines and sequencers, effects pedals and microphones.

Taught by experts

Our courses are delivered by a team of expert tutors and internationally-acclaimed visiting industry professionals, with a genuine passion for passing on their specialist knowledge to others.

They'll ask the difficult questions you've been avoiding, set challenges that stretch you in ways you didn’t know you were capable of, provide insights into new ways of thinking, heap praise where it's due and prepare you for professional opportunities.