This is a dynamic and creative course with a strong practical focus, enabling students to explore and develop performance, recording and composing using our new state of the art facilities. These purpose built facilities include eight fully equipped rehearsal rooms, large mac suites for sequencing/composition work and an industry standard recording studio.
During your studies you will develop the skills and working attitudes needed for employment within the industry through a combination of projects and practical assessments which combine traditional learning environments with practical learning experiences, including live performances in venues around the city, setting up for performances and working with live sound, studio recording sessions and composing to commissions.
The department also has strong links with drama, dance and media, providing invaluable opportunities to explore collaborative projects in both established and emerging employment areas.
You will work with a dynamic team of lecturers, instrumental tutors and technicians with a wide range of real music industry experience in live performance, session and touring work to live sound and studio engineering, preparing you for a career within the music industry.
160 UCAS points (for 2016/17 entry; for 2017/18 entry: 64 UCAS points) or a relevant Level 3 qualification plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above (or equivalent). Mature students without the necessary qualifications are welcome to contact us; places will be offered subject to a successful interview and audition. All applicants who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English must have an IELTS score of level 5.5 or above with a minimum of 5.0 for individual sections.
Course units will be delivered through a combination of practical workshops, performances, lectures, vocational visits and work experience scenarios. Student can expect to receive approximately 90 minutes per week receiving feedback during weekly tutorials.
This qualification prepares students for employment in the music sector and will be suitable for learners who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. Some students may wish to enter a specialist area of employment in music or progress into higher education.
Students will spend 3 days per week in class and will be expected to spend 2 days self-study. Students will spend approximately 20 hours over the course year involved in projects for live sound and community music which will see them engaged in activities in public performances and also in local schools to develop bands and record them in a studio setting.