BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Music Production (Music Technology)
Bay Studios is a dynamic, vibrant and above all, a highly creative place to work in and study Music, Music Technology, Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre. You will become part of a performance company, mirroring current industry practice with DJ technology, producing your own E.P and organising club events here at the Studios and at other venues in the South West. The two year programme of study aims to provide you with the skills needed to succeed in the music technology industry or progress to Higher Education. All music and music technology students have access to their dedicated common room (‘The Green Room’), the Fleet canteen, Costa Coffee and college sports facilities. In addition to resources within the Bay Studios block, the College library features an extensive sound archive and over 1,000 music books covering, music theory, music history and production techniques.
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Successful interview, plus: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English Language or equivalent, or a BTEC First Diploma, or other related level 2 qualification at Merit or higher. You should demonstrate an interest in the field of Music Technology, which could be DJing, music production, live sound or music for film and TV, and be prepared to work hard to progress to the next level of the Company. Related work experience or production experience in or out of school would be useful, but not essential.
In phases 1 and 2, you will be trained in in the use of technology to create and record music, alongside developing essential skills as a DJ/live performer. Throughout the course there will be extensive opportunities to perform or showcase your productions, beginning with intimate gigs on campus and ultimately leading in phase 3 to your own club nights in the local area and beyond. You will emerge with a valuable blend of creative ability and practical skills, combined with an awareness of how to succeed in the rapidly evolving music business. By the end of the two years you will be equally at home in the recording studio, creating music and sound for media, composing cutting edge electronic music and developing live performances as a DJ or music performer. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest projects by the music department by visiting their YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/user/MusicWeymouthCollege
How will I be assessed?
Much of the work is of a practical nature, but there is also written work in the form of notes, projects, class work, reviews and assignments. There are no final exams, as all your work will be continuously assessed by the staff and moderated by an external verifier.
Level 3 courses are equivalent to three A Levels and give access to a wide range of Higher Education and career options including: musician/performer, music producer, DJ, songwriter, music therapist, private music teacher, classroom teacher/lecturer, composer, sound designer, sound technician, special effects technician, artist manager, event manager, marketing manager, lighting engineer, radio producer, theatre manager, stage manager, administrator, promoter, journalist, music business lawyer, instrument builder/repairer/sales, tour manager, community worker, social media marketing etc.
The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You are expected to make extensive use of the Learning Technology Centre. You are advised to develop your keyboard skills. You will be required to bring your own headphone (not in ear) and memory stick/portable drive of more than 2GB.
If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information. Bursary Funds: There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality and Diversity policies can be found in the Library.