MAS Records Digital Music Production Diploma – Level 3

Music is constantly at the forefront of the creative industries. This course offers learners the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to work within one of the most exciting sectors of the arts. Industry professionals guide the learners through the course, sharing their experience of the industry and their expertise and specialist knowledge.

The course is designed to be as practical as possible. Everyday you are in studying you will be developing your understanding of different aspects of the musical landscape. Whether it is learning about recording techniques and equipment in the studios, creating your own sounds through using synthesisers and sampling, or learning how royalties and publishing contracts work, you will be constantly developing your understanding of music production and the industry as a wider whole.

The course is not genre specific and aims to develop and understanding and appreciation of all types of music. One day you will be chopping samples making heavy hip-hop influenced beats, the next you'll be compressing screaming overdriven guitars whilst mixing an indie-rock track. From baseline to trap, pop to metal and everything in-between, this course covers it.

  • What will be studied

    Over the course of this qualification, you will study:-

    • Sequencing
    • MIDI & audio editing
    • Analogue synthesis
    • Digital synthesis
    • Sampling
    • Compositional techniques
    • EQ and filters
    • Compressors & dynamic processors
    • Multi-Effects
    • Studio recording
    • Studio mixing
    • Audio mastering
    • Music contracts
    • Royalties
    • Publishing and distribution
    • Music history
    • Listening skills
    • Music theory
  • What are the entry requirements?

    To apply for a place on this popular course, you need:

    • To hold at least 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at Grade 4 or above 
    • A passion for music
    • To be self-motivated
    • Have a strong work ethic

    PLEASE NOTE: The above requirements can be assessed if you have no formal qualifications.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    Learners can progress on to our HND course and eventually on to our degree top-up course. Potential courses could include;

    • HND Creative Music Technology
    • BA / BSc / BMus in Music Technology (or related music field
  • What qualifications will be gained?
    • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (after 1st year) - equivalent of 3 AS levels
    • Level 3 Extended Diploma (after 2nd year) - equivalent of 3 A levels
  • How will this course be delivered?

    The course is run over 4 days for 17 hours a week.

    Classes include studio sessions and practical and workshop-style classes in a Mac suite.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is continually throughout the year via practical coursework, presentations, written assignments and class work. There is one externally marked unit.

  • How to get a place?

    Apply online at  www.kidderminster.ac.uk/apply

    Places on the course are offered by meeting entry requirements, providing a suitable reference and attending an interview.

  • Other Information:

    Student finance offers help and support to students, please contact Learner Services on 01562512003 or learnersservices@kidderminster.ac.uk for more information. 

    While on the course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with lesson tasks, such as, 

    • Pens/Pencils
    • USB Memory stick or external hard drive
    • Notepad.

    Good quality over ear headphones

  • Exam Board:
    RSL
  • WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

    Learners can progress on to our HND course and eventually on to our degree top-up course. Potential courses could include;

    • HND Creative Music Technology
    • BA / BSc / BMus in Music Technology (or related music field).

Deliveries

Start Date : September 2020 End Date : June 2022 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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