This is Level 6 Top-up programme designed to allow you to progress from a prior approved qualification to an honours level degree. The programme underpins the development of your practical skills as a musician with key theories, context and the development of academic skills. It is intended to be predominantly practical in its assessment and delivery, but with key theories and contextual information delivered as part of the course programme to underpin these practices. You are expected to develop vocational skills that will help you to learn in a more real world and vocational scenario. This could be through putting on a performance project or working with students from a different department to produce the piece of assessed work. The programme is delivered by experienced practicing music professionals and academics, all of whom have a wide range of skills and relevant industry experience. It encompasses a broad range of learning and teaching opportunities in Music, including conceptual, technical and commercial, and builds on your previous learning and experience, giving you the opportunity to produce work of a professional standard within your music specialism. The programme includes the option for you to develop skills in project management, or develop the pedagogical skills and knowledge required to begin a career as an educator. We have significant partnerships with local venues and music service providers to ensure that professional experience is embedded within your programme, which provides the opportunity to work collaboratively across different disciplines, creating a professional and vocational experience at every opportunity. The department is fully equipped with industry standard equipment and facilities. We use the Logic and Sibelius software packages and the IT equipment is all Apple Mac based, as is the norm in the music industry. There is live sound and production equipment available, including a state-of-the-art control room and live room. The PA equipment is of professional standard, with RCF speakers, Allan & Heath and Behringer digital mixing desks and industry standard. The programme offers significant opportunities to enhance your learning: overseas trips, visiting guest lecturers, live performance opportunities and professional commissions. We offer students a high level of pastoral and academic support with accessible and helpful tutors. The College is committed to working in partnership with students – recognising the importance of the student voice and providing regular and timely informal and formal feedback to all students to support their learning experience and development as a practitioner. You will use technology within some of the sessions for composition and notation. You may also notate pieces of written work by creating a blog or website. You will also utilise the College’s own VLE (Moodle) to embed. All the resources are posted on here, and you can engage further with it by taking quizzes and submitting assignments via Turnitin. Tutorial sessions are worked in to the scheme of work for each unit to ensure that you are offered one to one support with your transition and to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is required in each unit. You will also be supported through regular assessment workshops. There will also be guest masterclasses from visiting professionals periodically throughout the year to give further context to the content delivered in lectures.
Modules covered: Creative Technology; Independent Project; Pre-production Professional Portfolio; Advanced Musicianship. Plus one option from Teaching and Mentoring in the Creative Industries or Freelance Working and Self-Employment in the Creative Industries.
Critical reflection forms a major part of the assessment for all the modules, with the development of portfolios providing much of the evidence for your reflection of learning and development. This should also help to provide you with a completed portfolio of work that could help you to enter employment when finishing the programme. This project work allows for formative assessment to be ongoing throughout a module. Your tutors will maintain close contact with you throughout these projects, giving evidence for both formative and summative assessment whilst the module progresses.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
You should be qualified to at least Grade 6 (or equivalent) on your primary instrument and you will be required to demonstrate this in an audition.
There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding