RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Production

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This two-year vocational course is suitable for anyone with a passion for creative music production. Whether you’re writing Hip Hop, Electro Pop or Cinematic compositions for Media, our creative Music Production Diploma will help you develop the technical skills to realise your creative ideas, the music industry acumen to kick start your career, and the academic grounding for success in Higher Education.

On our Music Production Diploma, you will look at a wide range of Production Techniques and applications as well as Audio Mixing, Live Sound Recording, Composition for Media, Music Business and Career Development. It will help you develop your music production style, improve your technique, get yourself noticed by the music industry and will steadily build your confidence towards that of a music industry professional. All in all, it’s a brilliant introduction to the world of music production and the modern music industry that surrounds it.

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You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel passionate about, collaborating creatively with musicians, producers and entrepreneurs, to begin connecting to the music industry. As a BIMM student, many exciting networking opportunities will come your way, from gig opportunities to masterclasses with globally successful industry professionals – your career in music starts here!

Throughout the course you will be supported and guided toward your future career and study goals by expert tutors and prominent music industry professionals, providing you with a holistic view of the music industry and the way it operates.

Studying on the diploma is a great way to take your first steps into the music industry. A course like this can either kick start your career or provide a valuable foundation for study at a higher level by progressing onto one of the BIMM degree courses, such as the BA (hons) Music Production, the BA (hons) Music Business or the BA (hons) Event Management, or a combination of these on our new joint honours degree programmes.

This Level 3 course is a two-year programme with the option of an exit award after 1 year. The two-year Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels, with the first year Subsidiary Diploma equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

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 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

Funding partner: New College Swindon

Campus delivery: Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol and Manchester

Language of study: English

Final award: RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry (Production pathway) or
RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry (Entrepreneurship pathway)

Exit Award: RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in the Creative Music Industry (Production pathway)

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

Minimum requirements

Successful completion of a BIMM admissions assessment.

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 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.

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.

A music producer holistically directs the creative music process from 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 and the technical equipment and tools of the trade.

In this session 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.

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.

This lesson covers all areas of live sound production. You will learn about all the equipment associated with building a sound system and develop the engineering skills required for professional live sound reproduction. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice using a full range of professional equipment.

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

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.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session you will discuss up and coming events and activities, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music business ideas and practice and all things related in a wider context.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change - In Year 2 Applicants choose 2 specialist Classes on the Production or Entrepreneurship Pathways

In Digital Music Creation you will create, develop and finish your musical works, perfecting and polishing, ready to drop.

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.

Music Events are one of the most diverse and exciting aspects of the music industry and in this lesson you’ll learn how to plan and run your own events. You’ll be shown how to organise, budget, promote and manage events, and given valuable experience so you’re able to go out and do this for yourself.

With exponential growth in Music Media, and over half the world’s population engaging with some form of Social Media, it is key to the success of any Music Business’ that all types of Media are utilised effectively. In Music & Media you will explore a range of Music Media, analysing their relationship to your own Music Business practice. You will then create your own Social Media Strategy to promote your own Music Business ventures.

In year 2 you will develop the skills learnt in year 1. You’ll learn how to operate a professional PA from monitor engineering skills to mic selection and placement. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice using a full range of professional equipment

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.

This class helps your awareness of your own place in the development of music and its wider social context. You will focus on the concept of perceptive listening and how you can develop and applying listening skills towards the development of your own musical output. In this session 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.

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.

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. Learners will look at dynamic processors to 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.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session you will discuss up and coming events and activities, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music business ideas and practice and all things related in a wider context.

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 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

 

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