About the course
This is a practical programme which provides learners with an introduction to the music industry. Basic aspects of audio engineering, computer based music production and composition, performance and the music business are all covered to give learners an understanding and foundation from which to plan their future careers.
Learners will work on several real-world commissions which will incorporate all the skills they learn in order to gain practical application and a realistic experience of the music industry. Modules studied on the course include Performance Skills, Production Skills, Staging an Event, Contextual Research, Personal Projects and Event Production.
Four GCSE's Grade D or above, including maths or English at Grade D (3). The applicant will be expected to have a keen interest in music and music production. The ability to play an instrument is desirable, but not a necessity - individual cases will be discussed during an interview. Applicants will be invited in to attend a taster day and complete written tasks prior to the course starting.
The College offers a wide menu of Level 2 Diplomas. We will work with all learners in their first six weeks at College to place them on the appropriate Diploma programme that best meets their individual needs and best ensures their success. Learners will complete this course with a UAL Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production (equivalent to 5 GCSEs)
Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
What you'll learn (core modules)
This programme covers a wide area of the music industry and would be suitable for aspiring musicians, producers and audio engineers who have a passion to create original music. Learners will have the opportunity to explore elements of music production, technology, performance and music business working from an introductory level.
Learners will be taught by experienced tutors and will have the opportunity to develop their own compositions and song writing skills as well as work in bands on a range of projects throughout the year. Learners will be expected to attend College for three days of timetabled sessions each week including regular rehearsal sessions off site.
How will I be assessed?
Your final grade for this course will be PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.
Throughout the course, you will be assessed in a variety of ways. There will be practical work including compositions, live performances and presentations but also some essays, log books and portfolios. We make our assignments industry focussed and relevant - we don't ask you to do anything which doesn't develop the necessary skills to be successful within the industry. These assessments are formative, whereby you have to pass them, but they don't contribute to your final grade, but help prepare you for your final project which is graded.
You final project may be anything from writing an EP, to a live performance or a compositional portfolio - it's an opportunity for you to play to your strengths.
Where will the course take me?
The course provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to go forward and study on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance, Electronic Music Production or Music Technology courses. A number of students have progressed from our Level 2 course, through Level 3 and finished with a degree and employment from studying at West Suffolk College.
Will I need any materials or equipment?
Learners will be required to purchase high quality closed headphones, ear protection, a USB 3.0 memory stick/hard drive and stationery before the course starts. Access to a personal Macbook/Laptop and software is ideal, but not a necessity. In addition, any musicians should have a fully working instrument and access to replacement consumables such as strings and sticks.
Days & times
Starting September 2019