Music and Performing Arts

Music: Pro Tools Fundamentals I and II

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will run after September 2021, over half term. It will be held over two days, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm.

Entry requirements

  • No previous awareness of Pro Tools is required
  • Awareness of the basics of music production

You will achieve

PT101 Pro Tools Fundamentals I and PT110 Pro Tools Fundamentals II

Course overview

The PT101 Pro Tools Fundamentals I and PT110 Pro Tools Fundamentals II are Avid industry standard certifications for learning the rudiments of music production using Pro Tools. These courses are additional to the main Barnsley College HE (and potentially FE) courses, that would typically be the BA(hons) Popular Music Production pathway, for the cost of materials only.

The courses will also be open to non-students of Barnsley College, however at a higher cost.

These courses are offered for direct industry relevant certification in developing a professional skillset and CV.

Course content

Students will spend two days per week at Barnsley College’s Church Street mac room HE103, where the course curriculum will be studied. At the end of the second day the test will be taken (there are two attempts to pass the test).

The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course introduces fundamental Pro Tools concepts and principles, covering everything an individual needs to know to complete a basic Pro Tools project, from initial setup to final mixdown.

Students also learn to build sessions that include multi-track recordings of live audio, MIDI sequences and virtual instruments. Hands-on exercises and projects introduce essential techniques for creating sessions, recording and importing audio and MIDI, editing session media, navigating sessions and arranging media on tracks, and using basic processing and mixing techniques to finalize a production. Included with the course material is a download of media files and Pro Tools sessions to accompany the exercises and projects in the text.

The Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) course expands upon the basic principles taught in the Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course and introduces the core concepts and techniques students need to competently operate a Pro Tools system running mid-sized sessions.
Students learn to build sessions designed for commercial purposes and improve the results of their recording, editing, and mixing efforts. The hands-on exercises provide experience setting up sessions, importing media, working with digital video, spotting sound effects, using loop recording and MIDI Merge techniques, working with virtual instruments, warping with Elastic Audio, applying Real-Time Properties, creating clip loops, applying signal processing, using automation, and using submixes and track groups to simplify a final mix

Assessment is a computer based certification exam to be taken at the end of the course.

Students will need their own stationery including pens and paper for additional notes. The course book and computer to work on will be supplied (the book will be for the student to keep).

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

Completion of the PT101 and PT110 provides the training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User: Pro Tools certification, and then allows access to 200 level courses.

How much does the course cost?

Material fees for Barnsley College students: £32 Fees for non-Barnsley College students: £250

Extra information

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

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Music: Pro Tools Fundamentals I and II

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