Are you already skilled in producing and recording music and considering studying music at a higher level or choosing it as a career? The nature of this course demands total commitment and high levels of energy from you, but if you are passionate about music and enjoy recording and producing, this could be the course for you!
You will need four GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, and/or a Level 2 Music qualification. Experience is also taken into account. Equipment will be provided, but you may wish to invest in your own equipment in the future, so funding is available for families on low income.
This two-year, full-time course offers the opportunity to cover the practical as well as the theoretical areas of Music Technology. In terms of practical work, the course involves learning how to use a Digital Audio Workstation, sound recording, mixing, mastering, and music production. Students will work closely with performance students and act as their producers. Theory units include studying how the music industry works, musical analysis, music theory, and planning for a career in the music industry.
You will receive a nationally-recognised qualification accepted by universities and in the industry. The first year leads to a 90 Credit Diploma and the second to a Level 3 Extended Diploma.
Through a small independent record label run in association with the college, students will have the chance to record and produce for external artists and have their tracks released. We offer trips to concerts, events and trade shows, and also bring in guest speakers to cover topics such as Music Marketing.
Students are assessed on their practical work by submitting finished tracks and a reflective project log book. Other assignments include presentations, blogs, websites and reports. All modules include an element of reflection, which is also assessed in the form of an evaluation.
Most students have university or drama school as a target at the end of their studies, and past students have gone on to join degree-level courses across the country, including some of the best colleges of Music and Performing Arts in the UK.