In a creative environment with expert tutors, you’ll progress step-by-step. Go from a beginner, to using Ableton Live and Pro Tools like a pro.
Is this course for me?
You’ll gain all the tools you need to make professional music in any genre you choose.
You’ll also gain a strong portfolio of work. This is essential if you want a career working with audio, whether that be in a studio or in a live setting.
We will prepare you for self employment, setting up your company, and working with others in the music industry. Finally, DJing : perform your music live, and have fun doing it.
Start dates and course fees
- Start Dates
February (Weekend term)
12 months music production: Saturday 12pm-6pm
12 months music production: Wednesday 12pm-6pm
June (Evening term)
12 months music production: Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-10pm
12 months music production: Monday 12pm-6pm
12 months music production: Thursday 12pm-6pm
Music Composition is studied alongside your Music Production module unless otherwise specified.
Contact us for full timetable with regards to Music Composition, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Music Business and DJing.
+44 (0) 161 833 4722
- Course fees
Instant Decision Student Finance Options
£8570. Minimum 5% deposit £429
payable upon successful application.
Options One – Four: Payment terms
from 12 – 48 months, from £205 per month.
Professional Career Development Loan:
Option Five: PCDL: Reg fee (£300) to enrol.
Total loan required: £9820.
Fund your own training:
Option Six: Reg fee (£300) to enrol + £8270. Total £8570.
Balance due 1 calendar month prior to start date.
Option Seven: Reg fee (£300) to enrol + 7 x 10 week instalments of £1360. Total £9820.
First instalment due 1 calendar month prior to start date.
When should I enrol?
In short: enrol as soon as you are ready. All live course dates are available for you to enrol on.
Unlike most training centres SEM has a limit on lecturer to student ratio and keeps its class sizes small. We therefore have limited availability and courses fill up in advance. We would recommend enrolling as soon as you are ready, to avoid disappointment. If you are looking at a start date that is more than 3 months away, we would strongly recommend contacting a course advisor so that we can primarily secure your place before the window opens for you to apply for finance/PCDL.
If you are funding with Student Finance (Monthly payment options 1 – 4) and your course starts within 3 months
- Apply online now via the course page.
- Monthly repayments to Omnifinance begin 28 days after acceptance.
- The initial downpayment is paid to SEM, this is not required until 14 days before your course start date.
If you are funding with Student Finance (Monthly payment options 1 – 4) and your course starts in more than 3 months time
- Speak to to the SEM office asap. We can take the initial downpayment to hold your place on the course until we are within the 3 month window for you to apply for the finance.
- The SEM office can also offer advice on how to prepare for the application (electoral roll, credit score check etc.)
If you are funding with Professional Career Development Loan
- Speak to the SEM office asap, as they can offer advice on how to prepare for the PCDL application.
- You can only apply for a PCDL within 2 months of your course start date. Monthly repayments only begin after your course finishes.
- You can choose to secure your place on a start date while awaiting a PCDL decision by enrolling on option 5. Once your loan is accepted/declined, the £100 reg fee will be refunded to you.
If you have any questions please contact a course advisor on +44 (0)161 833 4722. They will be happy to help!
Can I get funding for the course?
If you have any questions, we would always recommend contacting a course advisor or calling us on +44 (0)161 833 4722.
Options 1 – 4: Get instant Student Finance with Omni Capital (you will need to be in employment)
Prospective students are able to get an instant online decision to fund training though our partner Omni Capital. To apply, you must be 18 or over, and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts. You can apply by clicking ‘enrol’ on the course page to begin the finance application. Please note student finance can only be applied for within 3 months or less of the course start date.
You can apply for the full amount of course fees, and choose an affordable monthly repayment that suits your budget. Other benefits of student finance are that the baseline course price is based on our ‘advanced’ cheaper price. You will need to pay a minimum 5% downpayment on the course fees at the point of successful application, although you have the option to make anything up to a 50% downpayment on course fees (please contact SEM for this).
Option 5: Get a Professional Career Development Loan (suitable regardless of your employment status)
A Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) is a bank loan to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000. The government pays interest while you’re studying. You start repaying the loan (plus interest at a reduced rate) 1 month after leaving your course. To apply, you must be 18 or over, be a British citizen, and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts. Please note a PCDL can only be applied for within 2 months or less of the course start date. The PCDL can cover up to 80% of your course fees or all of the fees if you are unemployed. along with other course costs and living expenses (unless you are working for more than 30 hours per week). You must not be getting any other grants or state benefits, which cover these costs.
You can apply online now for a PCDL. You will need our Learning Reference Number: 6421. Select the course title, and the full amount of the course on the total ‘termly’ price. (inc. £100 registration fee). We would strongly advise asking an SEM course advisor to help you through the PCDL application, as any omissions or errors may affect your loan decision.
Options 6 – 7: Fund the course yourself
You can choose ‘advanced’ and ‘termly’ payment plans. An advanced payment would be required before starting the course to secure your place. A termly payment plan requires the first instalment to be paid no later than 1 calendar month before the course start date, with termly instalments at 10 week intervals. At the school’s discretion, a monthly payment plan can be arranged if there is a guarantor, if other finance routes such as student finance and PCDL routes are not a viable option. Please contact us about this if you need more advice.
If you are European, a British citizen but have not lived in the UK for the past three years, or have low or no credit score, then payment options 6 and 7 are the relevant options for you. We would also be happy to discuss a flexible monthly payment plan between yourself and SEM, as an alternative to loan funding. Please contact us promptly to arrange this.
Free with course
It’s SEM’s flagship Master Diploma so you’ll receive both Ableton Live 10 Suite (RRP: £520)
and Native Instruments Komplete 12 (RRP: £479) for free. Along with:
•50% off NI Komplete & Ultimate products • 40% off Ableton Live Standard or Suite
•30% off NI Kontrol and A-Series Keyboards, Maschine Mk3, Studio, Jam and Mikro