This 2-year course is designed for 16 – 18 and adult students looking for progression onto Higher Education or a successful career in Music Production, Studio Engineering or Live Sound & Events. Developing practical music production skills and techniques through MIDI and audio sequencing, studio recording and live sound modules are key to this course. Remixing, sampling and product design will improve writing and overall production skills. Synthesis 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 production techniques through sequencing and production work in the college’s 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.
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 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 production 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.
What areas will I study?
Key areas of study include:
- Recording & production
- Music sequencing
- Synthesis & sampling
- Live sound & events
What are the entry requirements?
Entry to the course is by successful interview and you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade 4-9 or equivalent. English and maths may be retaken alongside this course if necessary.
Where can I progress to next?
Students successfully completing the Extended Diploma can progress onto Higher Education including the College’s Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) Popular Music. Industry employment in a wide variety of music production-related areas could also be a career pathway.