RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners

Level 3 Music Production Diploma

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A 2-year full-time diploma available at:


This two-year vocational course is equivalent to three A-levels and develops aspiring music producers by focusing on studio technique, software skills, songwriting methods, understanding musical styles and arrangements, ear training, music business and getting yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry, ultimately building your confidence of success as a creative in the music industry.

You will have the opportunity to learn in a creative and innovative environment where you will develop strong connections with other producers, aspiring musicians, engineers and entrepreneurs. You’ll be 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.

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Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL qualification with the potential for you to gain 168 UCAS points at Distinction, providing you with a strong stepping stone 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 skills and shape you into a high-level producer that controls your own career path.

UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for funding (subject to academic requirements and previous study).

To make your way as a music professional, connect with us and we will 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

Campus delivery: Birmingham

Language of study: English

Final award: RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (Technology Pathway)

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

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 a BA (Hons) in Event Management, BA (Hons) Music and Sound Production or BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production.

Course Fees

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

Year 1

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session, you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

A music producer holistically directs the creative music process from an initial idea, through development, recording and processing through to mixing and mastering the final product. In this session, you will study the art of what it is to be a Music Producer.

In this session, 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 song-writing practice.

The modern Producer utilises the studio as a compositional, technical and creative tool. In this session, you will learn sound engineering skills and techniques to help support and realise your creative ambitions.

Sound Theory looks at the language and mechanics of sound giving our learners the tools to create their own sonic signatures as well as the appropriate vocabulary to communicate and lead effectively in any professional music environment. In year one, learners focus on analogue synthesis.

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.

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

In order to achieve both creative and professional goals, today’s modern musician needs a holistic understanding of the world of music. In Music Industry Career Development, you will look at an overview of today’s musical landscape, mapping revenue flow and plotting a bespoke path for you, relevant to your own goals and targets.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session, you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

In second year Production, you will continue to develop your skill set as a music project lead relevant to your aims and goals as a Music Producer.

Composition and Repertoire is where you will create, develop and finish your musical works, perfecting and polishing, ready to drop.

In second-year Studio Techniques, you will further develop your studio skills developed in year 1. You will plan, produce and engineer a studio recording session.

Sound Theory looks at the language and mechanics of sound giving our learners the tools to create their own sonic signatures as well as the appropriate vocabulary to communicate and lead effectively in any professional music environment. In year two learners focus on digital synthesis.

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.

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 also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

Music in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between music and society. In it you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential artists and the impacts they’ve had on music, technology, politics and civil rights.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0844 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

 

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