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Performing and Production Arts (Music) UAL Diploma Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

You can choose between a one and two year course. After having completed the one year course, which is equivalent to 1/1.5 A Levels, you can then progress on to the second year, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This course is for practising Music Performers or Music Producers with experience of performing or producing music. You will experience an active learning environment where you will be developing your skills as a performer or producer. In the first year you will explore a wide variety of musical subjects that will enhance and build your abilities as a performer or producer. Then, in the second year, you will develop your specialist skills within your chosen area of music. You will be required to undertake a range of projects within your specialism that may include live sound engineering for college music performances, composing for and recording an album, production skills, performance skills, and industry experience such as working for the college’s record label, Outbreak Records.

You will be encouraged to take an experimental and open-minded approach to exploring ideas that challenge and develop creative thinking and making skills.

This course will help you to decide your chosen music specialism and to then develop that in preparation for progression on to university or employment.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

You will be taught by music specialists and practitioners who use their breadth of knowledge to support your studies. We also have great facilities here at Croydon School of Art, including Mac Suites with Logic Pro and Pro Tools, Digital and Analogue Recording Suites, isolated studios, a range of dynamic and condenser microphones, dedicated rehearsal spaces, and live sound PA systems.

This course will allow you to have the opportunity to perform at various highly regarded venues. Previous students have performed as warm up acts at Fairfield Hall for internationally recognised artists as well as creating performances at the end of year shows within the college.

For producers, you will be able to record musicians from all backgrounds with varying musical tastes, allowing you to become a more experienced producer.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.

Applicants will be asked to attend an interview at which you will demonstrate 2 contrasting performances with your instrument or 2 project files of pieces you have produced. You will also be asked to produce a free writing piece on musical techniques.

To progress to the second year Extended Diploma qualification you will need to successfully complete the first year of this course and demonstrate good attendance and punctuality at the College.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a series of public performances and course work that you will produce throughout the course. Some elements of this course involve capable writing skills.

Formal and informal assessment will take place continually throughout the programme, with individual and group critiques, peer assessment and group work, regular one to one feedback, and structured guidance will help you to develop your skills and learn quickly, allowing for plenty of opportunities for you to achieve your potential.

Future opportunities

Completion of this course will enable you to progress on to a university course or employment. Possible career paths include session musician, sound engineer, live sound engineer, producer, and musician.

Alternatively you could undertake an internship or an apprenticeship within the creative arts industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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    • Course Information Centre
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8760 5914
    • Email address:
    • info@croydon.ac.uk

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    • We are:

      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport