Music Technology - Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (Edexcel)
Qualification Obtained: BTEC 90-credit Diploma in Music Technology (QCF)
- This course is designed for aspiring musicians who want to develop a career in the vibrant and diverse music industry.
- You will develop a wide range of skills in music performance and production alongside exploring the music business, music theory, songwriting & recording.
- The course supports the development of your individual creative portfolio and provides the opportunity to develop your music for commercial release.
- We provide a supportive and highly creative environment for you to work in and develop your future career.
Course Entry Requirements
Minimum entry requirements:
- 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C
- The ability to perform with a musical instrument, voice or music technology.
- You should be able to work both independently and within a team.
Career Options and Progression
Following successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma you will be able to progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma, where you will develop major live music and recording projects.
You will then have the option to progress to Higher Education to study in a wide range of subjects, including music production, composing, popular music & recording, music performance, music industry management and live sound.
Career options are varied and include working as a live sound engineer, recording studio engineer, music producer, artist manager, session musician, recording artist, composer for film, TV & video games, musical arranger or performer.
Modules and Assessment
Level 3 Year 1: Music Production Techniques, Music Performance Techniques, Listening Skills, Sequencing Systems & Techniques, Contemporary Songwriting, Music Theory & Harmony, Keyboard Skills, The Sound & Music Industry.
Level 3 Year 2: Major Music Project, Planning & Delivering a Music Product, Special Subject Investigation, Music & Sound for the Moving Image, The Music Freelance World, Arranging Techniques, Live Sound.
You will be assessed through the production of coursework and your participation in a range of music projects which includes gigs, live performances and recording projects where you will have an opportunity to release your music through the College Record Label. The range of assessment methods include essays, presentations, filmed rehearsals and practical recording sessions.
Teaching and Learning Methods
A full time course working in a variety of industry standard resources combing taught sessions, workshops, independent study, online learning and work experience. In addition to some work in the traditional learning environment you will experience a range of workshops which include:
- The Recording Studio – Pro Tools 12 HD and 24 Channel Analogue Mixing Desk.
- The Mixing Suite – acoustic treated for professional level mixing in both Pro Tools and Logic Pro X software.
- Music Performance Room – versatile space for acoustic and band performances which also functions as a live sound venue including a PreSonus live Digital mixing desk.
- Music Production Suite – Fully equipped with 18 iMacs running Logic Pro X software. Space accommodates: Music Sequencing, Sound for Moving Image, Music Theory and Music Production work.
- Rehearsal Rooms – Four rooms fully equipped with mixing desks, guitar and bass amp emulation, electronic drum kits and microphones for extended rehearsals and performance preparations. Each room also have an iMac with a sound card for additional songwriting and recording activities.
- University Centre Theatre – Provides an excellent performance space for live gigs.
Work Placement and Field Trips
You’ll be supported and encouraged to explore an appropriate work placement within the local music industry.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
We aim to go on trips in the year and you will receive notification in advance which details any costs.
You will need to bring your first instrument if you play guitar, bass or other easily portable instrument. Drummers should bring their own drum sticks. Keyboards/Pianos are provided.
It advisable to have a large USB memory device or portable hard drive to store your musical data from recording production and songwriting sessions.
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