The course develops and widens your skill set in Recording and Computer Music Production for both the workplace and higher education. You will be trained to a professional standard to reproduce music, dialogue, sound effects and other audio content to the highest quality. This course does not involve performing, but the technical aspects of recording and reproducing music for release and live performance.
You will need four GCSEs at grade A*-C. Alternatively you may have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction level.
You will also need to attend an interview where you will need to show some experience of Music Technology.
A mix of practical recording sessions and theory of recording will be taught. You will also study units on programming, music business, music technology, acoustics,composition and audio principles. You will learn the skills needed for a modern music producer.
Units studied will include:
Music Production Techniques
The Sound and Music Industry
Acoustics for Musicians
Audio Engineering Principles
Concert Production and Staging
Listening Skills for Music Technologists
Sequencing Systems and Techniques
The Functional Music Keyboard
Functional Skills also form an integral part of the course. Its not all practical: the academic side is very important, too.
How will I be assessed?
Modules are assessed using a range of methods including practical assignments, presentations, written essays, projects and phase tests, completed both in College and at home. Although there is a slant towards practical work, there is also a significant academic element to this course, you need to be prepared for this. Please note, this is a two year course and you will need to achieve satisfactory grades and attendance in the first year to progress to year 2.
Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?
You will need to provide a pair of headphones and a USB memory stick.
This course is free for young people aged 16-18. All you will have to pay is a small enrichment fee.
If you are 19+ there may be a small cost to the course but we can help you understand this more at interview and you may be eligible for financial help dependant on your circumstances.
If you are 24+ you will need to apply for an advanced learner loan and we can advise you more on this when you come in and see us.
What can I do after this course?
Students may well start working on a freelance basis very soon after the end of the course. Employment opportunities are live sound technician, sound recording engineer, music publisher, teacher, composer/arranger. The course is designed to provide you with access to a range of music related employment and will also develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of other industries are looking for.What other learning could you do: Students who successfully complete the National Diploma in music technology can go on to higher education courses in a variety of subjects including; * Music Production * Music Acoustics * Music Technology * Music Management * Events Management * Music Recording.