Make some noise! Our range of music courses provide you industry focussed training to make your dreams a reality.
Whether you want to be on the stage or behind the mixing desk, running lights and sound for shows or producing releasable quality music – we have a suitable course here for you.
The UK music industry contributes £5.2 billion to the UK economy, demonstrating sustained growth over the past few years. Employment within this industry is equally rising, with the live music sector alone growing by 7% in just one year.
Some people make choices with their head, others with their heart. There will always be a safe option. If you can use both, and give 100% to your discipline, you will have a long career working in one of the most exciting and rewarding industries in the world.
We all love what we do and this radiates to our students. Our resolve is to share this passion, using industry experience and examples to nurture, challenge and train our students to ensure they are in the best possible position to forge a career within their chosen pathway. We ensure everyone has the connections, the character strengths and the right qualification to succeed. Coming to college should be a positive and enjoyable experience, but also challenging and meaningful – everyone should leave our classes with something new to work on and continue to grow and develop throughout the course and beyond.
The School offers qualifications from Level 1 through to Level 4, with students on all courses given the opportunity to collaborate within a creative hub. For example, Level 3 Music Performance and Songwriting students have a show. The stage, lighting and sound is setup and run by the Studio and Live Event students. This is then filmed by our TV, Radio and Digital Media students and marketed by our L4 Creative Entrepreneur students with reviews of the show from our L3 Multimedia Journalism students. Just one of the many creative scenarios that regularly takes place. In essence, we have our own in-house creative hub, allowing students to build from an initial concept in to a fully completed production whether that is a gig, festival or album launch to a film, live broadcast or TV show. Check out our website to see examples of some of our projects: www.digitalsaint.wsc.ac.uk
We deliver our courses using an escalator model, whereby each level has a specific focus to enable the student to fully prepare for their next level of study / employment. This links to assessment design and projects which take place across our courses.
Whilst our main focus is on the creative industries, we realise the need to develop our students’ personal and social well-being, developing specific character strengths at a given level of study.
Our expectation is that students continue to work through each level, upon successful completion of a course, and complete at least 15 hours additional study outside of timetabled sessions.
Career and progression guidance is therefore integral to the delivery of each course. What we teach, the projects we design and the experience given to our students prepares them for the industry. Students are given careers guidance as part of the course. We set targets, reviewing aspirations and ensuring students all have a clear path for their next area of study or employment. In year two (Level 3) we spend the first term looking at Universities and UCAS and help students apply. A number of students continue to study with us on one of our Level 4 courses (which is free if the student is under 19 when the course starts) and then either progress to University or straight in to freelance work.
Our alumni are working in top industry jobs around the world. We have students touring the world, composing music for films and adverts, working on world tours, composing music for film, games and TV, artists in their own right and music producers. We have hundreds of students working in the industry in a wider range of roles such as roadie, instrument technicians, staging, teaching, wedding bands, promotors and folio artists.
The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.