Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) in Electronic Music Production

L5 Level 5
Full Time
13 September 2021 — 26 May 2023
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Would you like to increase your versatility as an electronic music producer? Are you a musician or recording artist who wants to become a music producer?

This course has been developed in response to current demands from the music industry. It aims to develop your skills as a producer and writer, along with your technical knowledge and to give you essential industry know-how that can help you to build your music career.

You will have access to an impressive range of technical facilities and studios. This includes professionally equipped suites with the latest industry software, a recording studio and surround sound mixing suite making it one of Cardiff’s best audio complexes.

What you will study

This course will provide you with a thorough appreciation of the role of electronic music production in music-making today as it is used across the music and media industries.

Through your theory and practical studies, you will come to consider electronic music as not just a single genre but as a way of making music that can be applied to a multitude of styles.  You will learn to harness today’s hardware and software to sequence, sample, synthesise, compose, produce and remix sound, as well as to make music and experiment with sound design. Led by experienced tutors who are actively practising in the music business, you will study the following modules:

Year 1 (level 4):

  • Music for media
  • Music industry structures
  • Sound theory
  • Sound practice
  • Think music-tech
  • Creative music tech 1
  • Contemporary production studies 1

Year 2 (level 5):

  • Electronic music composition
  • Working in the music business
  • Live electronics
  • Creative music tech 2
  • Contemporary production studies 2
  • Music for Film and TV.

Our location, close to the vibrant music scene in Cardiff, provides unique opportunities for placements, work experience and networking. We will also encourage you to collaborate with other musicians and artists at CAVC so you will be able to apply your skills in a variety of live situations, working with performers in a range of genres.

Please note: You can apply for this course either through UCAS or directly with the college.
If applying via UCAS please use the following details:
Course Code: WW38, University Code: W05, Campus Code: 1

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £7,500.00

Entry requirements

• 72 UCAS tariff points from either; • A levels and Welsh Bacc : DDD • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass; • BTEC L3 Diploma: Distinction • Plus, three GCSE’s to include Maths and English (or equivalent) Candidates without a level 3 Music Technology qualification are required to provide a portfolio. Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis. Level 5 (year 2) entry: To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

13 September 2021

End date

26 May 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

15 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) in E


What our students say

I’ve always wanted to study Music Technology and it’s great to have this course available at college. I didn’t study music at school but getting this opportunity has really been amazing. I didn’t think I’d be able to read music or produce it so quickly and I’ve even got my own set-up back at home. There’s so many facilities to take advantage of, two production rooms, performance rooms, studios and a recital room where we put on our final performances. I’ve progressed onto the Music Technology Foundation Degree and that’s been a great step up for me. I really want to be a producer but this course has opened up other options in music for me – one of those being events management which is what I’m leaning towards now.

Zack Carey
Former Music Technology Level 3 student, now studying Foundation Degree Popular Music Technology at CAVC

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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