Course DurationThe course will course will run for 2 academic years (4 semesters)
- 24 contact hours per unit and an average of 7 units per semester
- Class hours 8.30am – 10.30am; 11.00am – 1.00pm; 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Mode of study: Full time – 4 semester
- Intakes: January, May, September
- Campus: Aqua Office Suites, Ngara Nairobi
- Fees: Ksh 30,000 per Term
The Diploma in Music Production is a practical, industry-relevant course, providing students with the skills required to start a career in the music business. This programme includes training in the operation of modern sound equipment and music technology.
Taught by music industry specialists and professional producers, the course gives students one of the most rounded and intensive practical programmes currently available. Students graduate equipped with a broad skill set that allows them to launch their entertainment career or follow further academic pursuits within this discipline.
The Diploma in Music Production provides the necessary foundation for pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of Music Production.
Through a series of music business projects, you will learn how to:
- Release a professional music single/compilation/album
- Design the creative concept for the CD insert
- Design a marketing plan for your album release
- Organize gigs and live shows.
- Produce a music video in support of your music release.
- Apply knowledge of complex analogue and digital audio systems.
- Music Theory
- Intro to Musical Instruments
- Intro to Live Sound
- Critical Music Listening I
- Digital Audio Environment
- Introduction to Acoustics
- Microphone Techniques
- Music Theory II
- Musical Instruments II
- Live Sound Setup
- Audio Processing
- Music Business & Ethics
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory III
- Music Appreciation
- Live Concert Sound
- Critical Music Listening II
- Composing Music for Film and TV
- Projects & Portfolio Review
- Projects & Portfolio Review
- Composing Music for Media
- Music Project, Classroom
- Live Sound Senior Practicum (Projects)
The equipment includes:
- An acoustically treated studio
- Various types of studio microphones
- C|24 DAW workstation
- Three computer labs with Macs and PCs
BIMS has invested in industry standard software:
- Pro tools
- Ableton live
As a music producer, you will spend your day:
- Meeting with the recording artist and deciding on the arrangement and the overall theme of the song.
- Deciding on what instruments or equipment to be used.
- Recording the instrument and the voice separately.
- Completing the mixing and mastering the record with the help of an engineer.
- Looking for financial backing for the project and negotiating with the distributors of the record.
Who will be your employers?
There are many options open to you as a trained music producer inside and outside music. If you choose to follow a music career, you may have to take on several roles with different employers and work on both a freelance and contract basis. For example, you could combine teaching with freelance performance work, as well as doing contract work on particular projects.
Employers include a range in the cultural and creative industries:
- Music production companies
- Music retailers
- Media organizations – including music magazines and licensing bodies
- Music schools and colleges
- Orchestras and touring companies
- Travel industry companies e.g. Hotels, summer camps
- Mental healthcare providers and charitable organizations
- The armed forces
- Content producers including film and gaming companies
Below are some careers to consider as a graduate of BIMS. This is not an exhaustive list. It is also important to understand that creating a successful career in music, entertainment & the performing arts, also involves having multiple skills across various areas.
- Music Producer
- Song Writer
- Recording Engineer
- Record/Music Producer
- Sound Designer
- Instrument Tech/Specialist
- Live Sound Engineer
- Sound Mixer
- Recording Studio Manager
KCSE C- or above, with a C- or above in Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and at least one science subject OR A-levels with 2 principle passes.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
- Photocopy of your ID or Passport
- Application bank slip
A non refundable fee of KES 1,000 will be paid. This payment can be made via MPESA Paybill or Bank
In order to study at BIMS, students are required to ensure they have the correct legal documentation. For international students, this includes obtaining the relevant student visa. Below are the guidelines to the international student visa application process.
Guide to Applying for an International Student Pass
BIMS is proud to attract students from around the world. This guide is designed to help international students understand how to apply for an international student visa in Kenya. While we do not process or pay for international student visas, we hope the following information makes the student pass application process as smooth as possible.
Please note: BIMS is legally required to inform the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Office when a student discontinues his/her studies at BIMS, regardless of the reason. As a result, if a student is dropped from their programme due to poor academic performance, poor attendance or indiscipline, BIMS will immediately inform the Immigration Office.
Step 1: International students apply to BIMS
- International students can apply to one of BIMS’s programmes online: https://bowensinstitute.com/apply/.
- Prior to applying to BIMS, please familiarise yourself with our international fee policies: https://bowensinstitute.com/fees/.
Step 2: BIMS sends supporting documents for visa application
- Successful applicants receive a letter of admission.
- They will also receive a letter of support or a cover letter, addressed to the Director of Immigration, indicating the name and duration of the course to be studied – both new and renewal applications.
- Both of these letters will support international students in applying for their international student visa.
Step 3: Apply online for an International Student Visa
- Register at https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/, then log in at https://fns.immigration.go.ke/ and complete the application form (titled Form 30).
- Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 4: BIMS Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form
- Print and fill out all details on Form 30 (student pass application form) from the following website: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/Form-30-Application%20for%20Student%20Pass.pdf.
- Your completed form should then be scanned and emailed to BIMS at firstname.lastname@example.org, to be signed and stamped by our Principal or Head of Academics.
Step 5: Prepare all documents and attachments
Collate the form and all necessary supporting documents, including:
- Signed commitment letter from the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- National passport copy of the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- Proof of funds for self-sponsored students – both new and renewal cases
- For minors, consent letter from the parent – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of parent’s national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors) – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of a valid national passport – both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
- Current immigration status for the pupil/student – both new and renewal cases (If already in the country)
- Two recent passport-size colour photos – both new and renewal cases
- Duly certified copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities – new cases only
- Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of the school’s/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education – new cases only
- Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees – both new and renewal cases
- Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained (by the issuing institution) – renewal cases only
- Copy of student’s pass previously held – renewal cases only
Step 6: Submit application to immigration offices
- Submit the complete form to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Alien Section, Counter Number 9 (full address below).
- Please note: Immigration might take up to two months to process your student pass or international student visa. If more than two months lapse, please follow up with the immigration office.
Step 7: Processing
- Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification via email. The email will state whether your application was rejected or received. If it has been received, processing should start immediately. You will be told to wait again. This might take around three weeks.
Step 8: Payment
- Once your applications have been approved, you will receive another notification. You should now log in to your portal and make a payment via M-pesa (Pay-Bill number 206206) or bank cheque (payable to PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government).
Step 9: Provide proof of payment
- Print out the approval letter and attach receipt payment. Take it to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Department of Immigration Offices
Nyayo House 9th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O Box 30191,000100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
You will then be told to wait for the visa to be processed. This will take three weeks or so.
Step 10: Collection
- Once your Visa has been processed, you will receive a notification by email.
- Go back to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Department of Immigration offices Ground Floor Room 16 and collect your Visa. On the same day, you should register as an alien.For more information, please visit https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/passes/studentpass/.
Composer & Sound Designer
Geofrey Karanja is an award-winning Composer, Sound Designer and Post Production Sound Mixer for Film and TV. He has been teaching at BIMS since January 2014 and has composed music and mixed Sound for Films, Documentaries, TV/Radio commercials, TV series and Radio Drama, serving a diverse range of clients including Safaricom, KCB, and UNICEF. Geofrey holds a Diploma in Music for TV, a Certificate in Sound for Film from University of Nairobi and a BA degree from the University of Eldoret.