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Music Practitioner (Music Technology) Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

This course has been devised to give artists the opportunity to learn and develop skills in the world of Electronic Music Production, Live Sound Engineering, VJ Techniques, Music Business, Promotion, and DJ Techniques. 

You will work within our fully equipped, dedicated music campus where you will develop personalised projects relating to music tech performance and production. The course, delivered by our experienced lecturers, covers live sound techniques, studio recording, production, music business performing and theory to give an overview of the music industry and how to succeed as a producer, music technologist or performer. 

The emphasis of the course is on creating entrepreneurial musicians who have the skills, knowledge and experience to promote themselves and their music. This is achieved through practical application of knowledge in realistic industry environments such as projects, workshops and performances, and by enabling learners to create and promote a portfolio of their own work. You will be required to work on 'real world' projects, giving you the opportunity to perform or provide tech support to public events and submit songs to our record label. 

This course will help you gain the skills to progress into work or higher education and achieve their future goals.

Course content

You will study a total of 12 different units covering skills relating to studio recording, production, event management, live sound and creative business. 

Whether you are a DJ, Turntablist, Producer, Promoter or MC, performance plays an important part in the course. You will have many opportunities to play with other artists in a variety of venues, from underground club nights and festivals to your own organised events. This will all be done using professional performance technologies such as the latest Pioneer CDJ and DJM ranges, Akai and Novation Workstations, Traktor Scratch Pro and a variety of synthesisers and electronic drum machines. 

Sound Engineering is an integral part of both music production and live music performance. Throughout the course you will learn about the science of sound creation focusing on acoustics, dynamics, equalization, effects processing and live mixing. 

Electronic music production spans an array of electronic genres, from Hip Hop to House, and Dubstep to Drum & Bass. The music technology course will equip you with the production skills essential to work in any of these genres, such as Multi-Track Recording, Sampling and Synthesis, as well as Mixing and Mastering Techniques. This will all take place in dedicated music production studios using the latest software and hardware technologies such as Cubase, FL Studio and Ableton Live. 

Throughout the course you will explore the world of music business. This aspect of the course will help you understand the ins and outs of music contracts and royalties, event management, marketing and promotion, how to become a freelance practitioner and writing your own music business plan. All of this will take place through discussions and debates, guest industry speakers and external trips. 

Technical support is an area that is always required within the world of music technology and event promotion. This aspect of the course will develop you the skills to operate audio visual equipment and develop innovative lighting and visual shows. You will learn basic programming techniques using DMX lighting and lasers, VJing and Projection. 

You'll learn in our dedicated and specialist Sam Newsom Music Centre where we have many music technology suites and recording studios, these are all equipped with the latest Music software, DJ equipment, VST instruments and Samplers. Live Sound facilities are located in our large auditorium where you have access to a full sound system, backline, mixing desk and lighting rig. 

There will be opportunities to gain work experience through the implementation of 'Live Briefs' which allow you to engage with the local business community and work on 'Real World' projects. You will be required to set up, organise and run your own musical events and submit production material to our record label. 

The course will also include opportunities to take part in a variety of trips such as ‘bpm’ at the NEC Birmingham, Worldskills National performance competition for musical acts and other relevant events. 

Workshops are arranged and guest speakers are invited in including Creative Practitioners who are working in the industry to talk to you and give you advice about your careers.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) (or equivalent) or Merit or above at Diploma Level 2. An audition to demonstrate level of technical ability will also be required. 

If you are unsure about meeting the entry requirements an alternative course would be the Music Practitioner Diploma Level 2 course.

Assessment

There are no examinations on this course, instead you will complete a series of projects which will be assessed and graded and these marks will add together to give you your final grade. 

The vast majority of assessment is practical, written work is usually related to the work you have done and there is an emphasis on self-evaluation

Financial information

Approximately £50 per year is required for equipment (approx. £20) and contributions towards enrichment such as trips (approx. £30). 

It is also advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge which is issued back once the key is returned. 

Financial assistance can be gained from the Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation attached to the Learner Services area.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to Higher Education to study any aspect of Music or Creative Business. 

Boston College also offer these routes to Higher Education. Some learners also go on to work within the music industry following their course based upon contacts they have made while on the course. 

Should you decide to enter the world of employment the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels grade A*-C.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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