This course is designed for students looking for progression onto higher education or a successful career in music production, studio engineering or live sound. Developing practical music production skills and techniques through MIDI and audio sequencing, studio recording and live sound modules are key to this course. Remixing, critical listening and arranging modules will improve writing and overall production skills. Live sound and music industry modules round out this production-based course.
‘…standards of work are strong.’ Ofsted, 2018
The course is very practical and you will have the opportunity to develop your music technology techniques through sequencing and production work in one of our Mac sequencing suites and 2 of the 3 professional recording studios.
Our recording studios are built to a high standard containing Audient, Soundcraft, Yamaha and Behringer professional analogue and digital mixing consoles, Logic X and Cubase software on iMacs and a large array of industry standard microphones.
During the second year, live sound techniques are taught in our 350-seat auditorium operating Midas Pro 2 and Avid Profile consoles and 64-track Pro Tools recording. Mixing and mastering modules, also taught during the second year complete the Extended Diploma production course.
Our impressive auditorium hosts many performances throughout the year, not only from college students but also visiting performers. Music technology students will have the opportunity to provide the sound for these performances and you will also have the opportunity to attend performances from visiting artists and talks from industry professionals helping your module assignments.
This is a nationally recognized qualification and part of Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
What areas will I study?
There is a range of mdules that potentially are coverted
- Recording and production
- Music sequencing
- Remixing and production
- Music arranging
- Critical listening
- Live sound
- Studio mixing
- Mastering and music industry modules
What are the entry requirements?
Entry to the course depends on a successful interview and based on your qualifications and experience. English and maths may be retaken alongside this course if necessary.
Where can I progress to next?
Students successfully completing can progress through the college’s HND in Popular Music Practice followed by our Top-Up Degree. Higher Education at a university in a related subject or related work in the music industry are also options.