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Music Technology for DJ's - Level 3 Diploma (Full Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This course has been developed and designed in response to industry requirements in order to produce professionals to pursue careers in the rapidly evolving DJ and electronic music industries.

Through this programme you will be provided with the opportunity and experience of producing original electronic music for example hip-hop, dubstep, drum & bass, breaks and house music etc.

You will gain experience or producing original tracks using Logic Pro and using industry standard equipment such as CDJs to develop your DJ skills further. You will get experience working in a number of real world environments for example our radio studio, professional venues, record company, and hi-spec recording studios.

The course comprises of intensive Logic workshops, lessons in using effects, master classes on a variety of skills e.g.. using Traktor/Ableton, and working with singers/MCs. As this is also an academic course you will attend lectures and seminars, submit written reports and develop business skills and real world projects such as promoting your music.

Everything you do will be music industry related, forging links between academic study, the development of technical skills and the music business itself. During your studies academic tutors, professional DJs and producers of international esteem will help develop students’ skills in performance, in a wide range of styles and techniques.

Course content

You will have an opportunity to gain experience of producing original tracks using Logic & Ableton Live.

You will gain experience learning/improving DJ skills. All students will produce radio shows featuring their own music and will take part in live radio shows.

The international DJ market has evolved rapidly over the last two decades, and this course is designed to create skilled practitioners in the electronic music field whether as DJs, producers. You will develop comprehensive understanding of music production techniques such as advanced use of compression, reverb, delay, sampling and synthesis.

The course provides the opportunity for you to combine musical production ability, technological theory and sound manipulation skills in order to produce music.

We have one of the best equipped music education facilities in the world and provide specialist high-end facilities for production, recording vocalists, DJing and radio production. The goal of the course is to help you to produce music and sound content to industry standards.

Throughout the course, a wide variety of both technical and creative projects reflect current working practices and give you the opportunity to develop research and problem-solving skills.

Some of the areas studied include:

  • Music Production Techniques
  • Planning and Delivering a Music Product
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • DJ Skills
  • Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry
  • Recording a Vocalist
  • Mastering

Your course will also includes functional skills and/or GCSE English and Maths.

English and mathematics will allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently in your community and work. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as English/Maths being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills. If you have grade A-C in English and Maths you do not have to do these sessions. Otherwise it is a condition of government funding for you to do these lessons.

Entry requirements

A minimum of any 5 GCSEs A to C.

However, those who do not have a vocationally relevant subject must be able to demonstrate advanced ability in their interview such as a portfolio of tracks, MC/singing audition or DJ audition.

If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS 5.0. Satisfactory reference.

You must be a practicing artist. This course is not for people just trying music. You must demonstrate to us that you are very serious about your music and that you have evidence of creating, performing and or producing music.


The bulk of your assessment will be based on the evidence that you collect through your practical activity such as producing tracks, remixing tracks by pop students and radio shows, and will include tracks where recordings or a singer is mandatory.

There will be other similar evidence for example remixing tracks that you are given. You will be required to develop academic essay writing skills, write reports, keep logs and notes of meetings and discussions, make presentations, and provide written and verbal responses to questions.

You will be required to develop and improve your English, Maths and ICT skills whilst on the course. You will have the opportunity a gain an English/Maths qualification at the end of each academic year and attendance for these subjects is mandatory.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this you could progress onto the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma in Music Technology for DJ's.


Professional DJ, radio DJ, producer, promoter, club or bar owner/manager etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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