RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Songwriting

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A 2-year full-time diploma available at:


This 2 year vocational diploma pathway is the equivalent to three A Levels and nationally recognised as an access route into Higher Education.

The course is designed to develop you, as an aspiring songwriter, by focusing on a wide range of song-writing techniques that can be used, not only as an expression of art but to maintain a career within the music industry. You will look at song-writing techniques, music production, improving performance skills, understanding musical styles and arrangements, ear training, music business and getting yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry, ultimately building your confidence towards that of a professional creative in the music industry.

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You will have the opportunity to learn in a creative and innovative environment where you will develop strong connections with other songwriters, aspiring musicians and entrepreneurs, guided by industry professionals that teach to the highest standards and a guest programme of prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards a life in music.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Level 3 qualification, providing you with a firm steppingstone into Higher Education. The course is designed to develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all music professionals, exposing you to many opportunities to build upon your existing knowledge and skill and shaping you into a high-level performer that controls their own career path.

UK students and EU students holding settled or pre-settled status, aged 16-18, are eligible for funding (subject to meeting ESFA conditions of funding).

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a live music professional, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

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Course specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 2 years

Awarding institution: RSL

Funding partner: New College Swindon

Campus delivery: Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham

Language of study: English

Final award: RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry (Composition Pathway)

Exit award: RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in the Creative Music Industry (Composition Pathway)

Admissions Criteria: Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language or 4 GCSEs inc. English or Maths on the condition that the other is retaken during the duration of the course and Maths, and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at C/4 including English and Maths, or four GCSEs including English or Maths on the condition that the other is retaken during the duration of the course.

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry, or can continue their study with BMus (Hons) Songwriting or BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals or Keyboards.

Course fees

Diplomas are free for UK students aged 18 years and under, providing funding requirements have been met.

As a BIMM Further Education Student you may be eligible for Financial Support through our educational partnership with New College Swindon

Year 1

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

In Music Rehearsal Workshop you’ll explore and engage with the preparations required towards a great performance. This class takes a detailed look at the factors that make up successful performances, such as band forming, rehearsal techniques, communication, building repertoire, creating a live set, promotion, marketing, tour management, stage management, budgeting and more.

In this lesson you’ll learn about the compositional and contextual elements of wide range of different musical styles. You will explore and critically analyse these ideas incorporating them into your own song writing practice.

Pre-Production encourages the preparation of both classic and original songs to professional standards. You’ll deconstruct songs and pay close attention to the lyrics, melody, arrangement and harmonies all in preparation for your Performance lesson.

This is where you get to put your hard work in Pre-Production to the test. You’ll perform, review and refine your performances along the way. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer and songwriter.

It’s important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in music than your discipline alone. In this lesson you’ll learn about the structure of the modern music industry, the various job roles available and how you can start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

Ear training and music theory is not just about honing your aural perception skills and music knowledge, but also about helping you to understand how you personally engage with sound. This technical and contextual understanding will support your instrumental and vocal development, as well as give you an understanding of your own musical creativity, and how to successfully navigate that as an artist.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management and personal development. In this session you will discuss a range of topics including (but not limited to) up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

The modern songwriter utilises the studio as a compositional and creative device. In this session you will learn studio skills and techniques to help support and realise your creative ambitions.

Music in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between music & society. In this class, you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential musical styles, artist and the impact they’ve had on music, technology, politics and societal change.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

Collaboration is often central to music industry success. This class focuses on the knowledge and understanding of taking a team project from concept to completion and in doing so, enhances and develops research ability, independence, teamwork, time management awareness and project management skills.

Music in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between music and society. In this class, you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential musical styles, artists and the impact they’ve had on music, technology, politics and societal change.

This is where you get to put your hard work in Pre-Production to the test. You’ll perform, review and refine your performances along the way. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer and songwriter.

Pre-Production encourages the preparation of both classic and original songs to professional standards. You’ll deconstruct songs and pay close attention to the lyrics, melody, arrangement and harmonies all in preparation for your Live Performance Workshop lesson.

This year’s class builds on your existing knowledge from year one, where you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll take an in-depth look into royalties, copyright and collection societies. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

In this lesson you’ll learn about the compositional and contextual elements of wide range of different musical styles. You will explore and critically analyse these ideas incorporating them into your own song writing practice.

Creating music for media applications such as film, radio and social media has very much become a growth area. Through working to vocational briefs learners develop the skills to work effectively in these expanding creative markets.

This lesson offers students the chance to undertake an investigation, critically analysing an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic skills that will help you for higher academic studies.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management and personal development. In this session you will discuss a range of topics including (but not limited to) up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

Manchester
Andrew Pickering
Senior Lecturer, Music Theory & Songwriting

Andrew teaches Music Theory & Songwriting at BIMM Institute Manchester. As a freelance musical director, songwriter, arranger…

Bristol
Annie Gardiner
Lecturer, Songwriting

Annie is a Senior Songwriting Lecturer at BIMM Institute Bristol. She has vast experience as a…

Manchester
Bruce Carter
Deputy Course Leader, Songwriting

Bruce is the Deputy Course Leader for Songwriting at BIMM Insitute Manchester. He has written and performed…

Brighton
Cameron Williams-Hill
Associate Lecturer

Cameron is a Producer, Session Musicians and Songwriter working extensively in the Brighton and London areas.…

Chantelle Scott
Lecturer, Music Production & Songwriting

Chantelle Scott BSc; composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer. Inspired and nourished by sound. Chantelle teaches…

Birmingham
Chris Tye
Songwriting Lecturer

Chris Tye teaches Songwriting at BIMM Insitute Birmingham. He is an accomplished performer and songwriter as…

Bristol
Dan Johnson
Lecturer, Performance in Context & Creative Processes

Dan currently teaches Performance in Context & Creative Processes as well as being a co-author and…

Bristol
Dan Moore
Lecturer, Songwriting

Dan Moore teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institute Bristol. He has been an active musician since the…

Birmingham
Daniel Whitehouse
Songwriting Lecturer

Dan Whitehouse teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institute Birmingham. He is an acclaimed English singer/songwriter whose classic…

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