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Creative Musician RSL Subsidiary Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3 at Colchester Institute

Course description

The Creative Musician Diploma Level 3 course is designed to give you a solid base for work in the music industry or progression to a higher education course.  It covers a wide range of skills in music and music technology including band performance, sound recording, music for moving image, composing and music production techniques.  The emphasis of the Creative Musician Diploma is on practical skills in both music technology and music performance underpinned by the academic knowledge that will provide the basis for a successful career in the music industry.

The music department has its own building equipped with a music production suite, two rehearsal/recording rooms and a recording studio control room.  There are many opportunities through the year to provide technical support for live performances by the performing arts courses as well as produce gigs both on and off site. In addition to your main programme, you will study English and maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study either Functional Skills or GCSEs English and Maths (one per year).

You will complete the 90 Credit Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

Course content

Creative Musician Diploma Course Units include:

  • Sound Recording
  • Sequencing
  • Music Performance Session Styles
  • Music Technology in Performance
  • Studying Music from around the World
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • Composing Music
  • Contemporary Song Writing Techniques

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification, and an audition to demonstrate musical ability at grade 4/5 or equivalent.

Future opportunities

A career in music might focus on education, composing and arranging for film, television, studio engineering, live sound engineering, producing, management and administration or on a range of opportunities in the publishing and retail sectors. Our aim is to provide you with the necessary skills to engage any music career pathway.

Progression to higher education courses in music technology or popular music, such as the Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Popular Music at Colchester Institute.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016

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