The Live Sound Certificate is a six month programme designed to give you real hands-on experience of working in the live music sector. As more artists look to performance rather than record sales for revenue, so there are more jobs for skilled live sound engineers. However, you need gig experience to break into the live music industry and this course delivers exactly that. It is taught at top London venue the O2 Academy, Islington using all their latest equipment. You will also get the opportunity to put your skills into practice at one of London's other famed music venues - a total of five live shows! Pro sound engineers with extensive experience show you the ropes in venues including The Barfly, Islington Academy & The Garage. These are the venues that helped to launch the careers of Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, Gossip and many others. If you want to become a live sound engineer, put yourself in the right place at the right time and enrol on this programme.
1 daytime class (10am - 5pm). Gig days start at 5pm
You can take this course without any prior experience. It is creative and practical in nature so academic grades are not required to enrol.
Certificate students take up to two modules concurrently depending upon which course you are enrolled. Each module you take will require your attendance at either one daytime class (11am-6pm) or two evening classes (6:30pm-9:30pm) per week.
Please note your classes will be scheduled before the start of each term. Call for details and to arrange times convenient time for you. In addition to classes, students are expected to schedule sufficient studio practical work each week. The studio facilities are open to you 7 days a week gaining you valuable studio time and reinforcing the skills learned in class.
We host studio tours in the Orsman Road Studio Complex every Wednesday at 5:30pm and every Saturday at 12:30pm. Address: 26 Orsman Road, Hoxton, London, N1 5QJ. Please Contact Us to make an appointment. The Admissions Team will show you around the facilities, answer questions and help get you enrolled. We will be happy to arrange an alternative time if you are not available during our scheduled tours. In the meantime, watch the London School Video Tour now.
Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning visit, www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is 5742.
Yes, we offer instalment plans for all our courses. To view the payment options available, click on the "Enrol Now" link above and navigate to step 2. There you can see the full payment options and payment dates for your chosen course and start date.
There are four terms per year: January, April, July and September and you can start your course at any of these entry points. However, our courses have limited availability and get booked well in advance, so we recommend enrolling as soon as you are ready to secure your place to avoid disappointment.
There is a wide choice of student residences near to Point Blank. Please visit our Student Accommodation page for more info.
Students from the UK, European Union or European Economic Area can apply by following the guidance in the previous FAQ.
For courses of 6 months or more: you will most likely need to apply for a Tier 4 Visa. Point Blank has been awarded Tier 4 Sponsor Status and is able to sponsor international students on a Tier 4 Visa as long as applicants satisfy our application criteria. Please refer our International Student Guidance section for more information on the application process. NB: International Students (outside the EU) course fees are subject to a £1000 surcharge.
For courses of 6 months or less: you will not require a Tier 4 Visa but may need to apply for a Student Visitor's Visa. Please refer to our International Student Guidance section for more information on the application process.
No. We supply all the equipment you will need for your class and for practice time.
Music Production students please note: before you decide to buy equipment for your home studio, remember that all students on the Point Blank Music Production BA (Hons) degree or Diploma courses receive a FREE Point Blank studio setup including KRK monitors, keyboard, soundcard and software. If you are not taking a BA (Hons) degree or Diploma class we will be happy to arrange student discounts from Apple Education, Ableton, Native Instruments, Pioneer and other leading industry partners.
Yes. Classes are usually available in the evening and at weekends and we will be happy to arrange a timetable to fit around your work commitments. Please check with a Course Advisor to see what classes are available.
If you have further questions, don't be shy, please contact a Course Advisor who will be happy to help.