This course looks at all aspects of being a professional producer and/or sound engineer. You will lead a number of recording sessions deciding upon microphone placement, use of effects, recording techniques and use of acoustic treatment etc. You will also become part of a live sound team, setting up and controlling the levels and mix for many live gigs. You will use modern computer techniques and software to produce music and then work with live musicians to create a finished piece. You will then get the chance to release them through the college’s record label Forerunner Records. Good at making beats? Need to record some live vocals on them? This is what you will do. We also look at the music industry, i.e. how to not get ripped off when selling your sounds, how to promote yourself and all the pro secrets of mixing and mastering. Fed up of recording in your bedroom? Frustrated by having a million ideas but not enough gear to get high quality recordings? This is the course you need.
You will need 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths. Alternatively you will need a level 2 Diploma in a related subject at a merit or distinction grade. You will also be asked to take a music technology-based audition.
Delivery and Assessment
This programme of study is totally assessed by coursework. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including your contribution to: practical work, presentations, essays, journals, blogs, tutor interviews, group discussions, live performances, recorded performances, multi-track recordings, computer based compositions and technical demonstrations.
This course leads into a variety of higher education courses - degrees or HNDs where you can continue to study your chosen field. The college offers a HND in Music Technology that may interest you,. If you choose not to continue to study, this course will help you to gain employment in the following fields of employment: Sound Engineer, performing musician, session musician, music agency, record label management role, music producer, live sound technician etc.