Music

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Overview

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

Course description

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
  • Remixing
  • 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.


Student satisfaction

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93/100 93/100
Satisfaction comment Recommendation comment
I enjoy my course I would recommend the college to family and friends

Course options

  • 2019/20 Full Time Day

    Provider

    South & City College Birmingham

    Location

    Digbeth Campus


    Mode of attendance

    2019/20 Full Time Day

    Days

    Please contact the college for days of the week

    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September | 2019/20 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2019/20 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
    19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2019/20 £3,500 1 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    24+ September | 2019/20 £3,500 1 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
    - - 16 - - 0.00 5,000.00

    Leisure Program Fees Further Information International Comments
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