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Music Technology Subsidiary/90 Credit/Extended Diploma Level 3 at City College Plymouth

Course description

Do you want to work in the sound and music industry? Do you want to be a cutting edge producer, DJ, engineer, audio technician or work in electronic music production? Our modular course will give you a fascinating insight into the artistic and technical side of music production, sound engineering, music/sound for video, game and live events.

You’ll be encouraged to explore your creativity in our modern studios and IT suites at dBs Music. You will be creating your own electronic tracks, mic’ing up, recording and mixing bands, experimenting with audio and studying a wide range of different styles of music. You will be coached by tutors who have worked with the biggest names in the business such as Queen, Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Course content

The course aims to give you an insight into different areas of sound engineering and music technology, from studio production and live sound through to sound and music, to film and television. You will learn how to use start-of-the-art equipment that can be found in today’s audio industries, from microphones and mixing desks through to samplers and software.

There are two distinct pathways offered on this course, giving an in-depth exploration of equipment, skills and techniques encouraging your own creativity and ways of working.

Music Production
The course aims to give you an insight into different areas of the music production industry. Subjects covered include; studio recording, remixing, film sound, live sound, sound for picture, acoustics, tv, theatre and radio. Equipment knowledge will cover everything from microphones and mixing desks through to samplers and software. You will work with many software packages including Logic Studio, Pro Tools, Ableton Live.

DJ and Electronic Music Production
The course aims to give you an insight into different areas of the DJ and electronic music industry. Subjects covered include DJ skills, music production, electronica production, remixing, studio recording and general music technology. We are looking for artists who want to be cutting-edge electronic music makers or DJs. We want to work alongside creative minds looking to write and produce music to a releasable standard and push the boundaries of modern electronic music production.


On both course paths, our amazing tutors will also develop your personal, business and management skills to give you everything you need to mark your mark on the music industry. We pride ourselves on our supportive, inspiring and fun learning environment. So whilst we focus on building your technical knowhow and listening skills, you will also be encouraged to develop your own creativity and style.

To fit in with your busy lives we offer several possible attendance patterns. Choose from a compact but intense two days per week, or two evenings and a Saturday for those in full-time work or a more relaxed three days per week. We pride ourselves on the brilliance of our tutors and our supportive, fun learning environment. Whatever your goals, we will help you to develop your skills to a standard worthy of the music industry today.


Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:


  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.


Entry requirements

Typically, you will need four GCSEs at grades D-F (including English and maths) for the level 2 course, four to five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and maths) for the level 3 course. However, other qualifications and skills will be considered at interview. 


The course has continuous assessment, including projects and examinations. Functional skills will also be assessed. 

Future opportunities

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • foundation degrees in live sound or audio and music production at the College
  • an honours degree in a related subject
  • employment in the industry.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 February 2016

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