Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology
Full time course
Whether a singer, songwriter, performer, producer or sound engineer, this course is designed to help you take the first step toward a career in the music industry. We are the only college in the country to have access to the famous Rockfield Studios (where bands such as Queen, Iggy Pop and Oasis have recorded) and offer the unique opportunity of master classes with world-class engineers and producers as well as the opportunity to spend two days recording there. The music industry is constantly adapting and evolving, along with the ways that we produce and consume music. This course is designed to give you a solid grounding in the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that you will need to succeed in this exciting industry.
You will study in state-of-the-art editing suites and a purpose-built recording studio designed and equipped to meet industry standards. It boasts a range of high-quality audio equipment, rehearsal and recording facilities with three editing suites offering IMacs, logic pro X and other production software programmes.
What will I study?
Some topics you will study include:
You will study in state-of-the-art editing suites and a purpose-built recording studio designed and equipped to meet industry standards and boasting a range of high-quality audio equipment, rehearsal and recording facilities with three editing suites offering IMacs, logic pro X and other production software programmes.
Maths & English
A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in these subjects will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main study programme.
This course will provide you with the skills relevant to the music industry to hone your skills to approach the next step of your career, including music industry business studies.
You will work alongside industry professionals who will give you an insight into the industry. You will end the course by performing in a professional setting at the acclaimed end of year music show.
What do I need to join?
Five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English or maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification. As this is both a creative and technical course, we would also like you to prepare an audition/show, or a portfolio of work, for your interview.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
Through a series of modules, requiring you to undertake practical projects in different areas of music technology. The emphasis of the course will be on your ability to apply the theory and techniques of music technology to your own project work.
How will I know how I am doing?
You will receive on-going feedback throughout the duration of the course relating to your project work. You will also be graded for the units covered within each project, providing a continual record of your progress.
Are there any extra costs?
Studio fees to cover the costs of materials and residential trips.
What can I do next?
Some learners progress in higher education, including BA (Hons) degrees at a range of universities, apprenticeships and internships within the creative industries. Other learners obtain recording contracts, become booking agents or go into artist management. Alternatively, they become live performers, session musicians, studio engineers, stage crew, or work in events promotion.
What are my career options?
There are many different opportunities within the music industry. Many of our students progress to obtain recording contracts, become booking agents or go into artist management. Live performer, session musician, studio engineer, stage crew, events promotion.
This course is currently being advertised in our 17/18 prospectus to run at our WISE campus in September. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances it will not be running and is only available at Stroud campus.