RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Songwriting

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Kick-start your career as a creative professional in the music industry with this exciting, vocational two-year course, equivalent to three A-Levels.

Throughout the course, you’ll focus on songwriting techniques, music production, improving performance skills, understanding musical styles and arrangements, and ear training. You’ll connect with the industry from day one, learning how to get yourself noticed and building your songwriting and performance abilities to a professional level.

As well as perfecting your discipline, you’ll learn about music business and employability – and how you can prepare for a future within this fast-moving, inspiring industry. You’ll also learn relevant studio skills and techniques to help support and realise your creative ambitions.

Each day, you’ll build upon your knowledge and skillset in a collaborative, creative environment surrounded by other songwriters, aspiring musicians, and entrepreneurs. Our BIMM Institute lectures will also teach you to the highest standards possible. Each BIMM lecturer has years of experience within the music business and will guide you in achieving your professional goals.

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There will also be an incredible guest programme of inspirational music industry professionals to help steer you towards your dream career. By possessing both the academic and creative qualities found in all music professionals, you’ll finish the course as a high-level performer that controls your own career path.

The course’s successful completion will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Level 3 qualification. This will give you a firm stepping stone into academic studies at a higher level. You’ll have all you need to progress on to one of BIMM Institute’s industry-led degree courses, such as BMus (Hons) Songwriting, BA (Hons) Music Business, BA (Hons) Event Management, and many more. Alternatively, you can combine two passions with our innovative range of joint honour degree programmes.

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 ways a successful 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)

Admissions Criteria: Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

Minimum Requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0.

We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

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 Rehearsal and Performance Planning 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 a wide range of different musical styles. You will explore and critically analyse these ideas incorporating them into your own songwriting 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.

Applied listening skills focuses on the concept of perceptive listening and how you can develop and apply listening skills towards the development of your own musical output. This class helps your awareness of your own place in the development of music and its wider social context.

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 a wide range of different musical styles. You will explore and critically analyse these ideas incorporating them into your own songwriting practice.

In Studio composition, you will develop the studio skills from year 1. This class will help you to develop your producers’ ear and engineering skills.

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.

Birmingham
Daniel Whitehouse
Songwriting Lecturer

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

Manchester
David O’Dowda
Associate Lecturer / Module Leader, Commercial Songwriting

David teaches Commercial Songwriting at BIMM Institute Manchester. He has composed music for advertising campaigns including…

Manchester
Dom Major
Songwriting Lecturer

With a 15 year career as a Songwriter/Performer, Dom has extensive experience in the UK and…

Bristol
Emily Breeze
Professional Development Lecturer

Emily is a songwriter, singer, guitarist and performer from Bristol with over a decade of experience…

Bristol
Gerard Langley
Principal Lecturer, Songwriting

Gerard is the Head of Songwriting at BIMM Institute Bristol, where he lectures in Songwriting Techniques.…

Manchester
Glyn Thomas
Senior Lecturer, Songwriting

Glyn teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institute Manchester. Songwriter, producer, composer, arranger and music director Glyn has…

Bristol
Hazel Mills
Performance, Songwriting, Vocals, Keys and Music Theory Lecturer

Hazel Mills is a Bristol-based musician/songwriter who has toured the globe across multiple genres, with artists…

Brighton
Heidi Berry
Senior Lecturer, Songwriting

Heidi teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institue Brighton. She joined as a tutor in 2002 and has…

Bristol
Jess Balsom
Songwriting Lecturer

Jess Balsom is a singer, songwriter and keys player who has released independent albums and worked…

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