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  • Academic Title
    BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology
  • Course description
    Duration of course:
    The duration of the course 3 days per week for 2 years
    Full Time
    What does the course include?
    This course offers you skills development in the areas of Sound Recording, Music Technology & Industry Studies. You will learn to widen your understanding of Music Technology related sound equipment and its uses across the range of audio industry and products. The course will also give you insight into several related areas of the Music Industry and the opportunity to develop you technical understanding and skills.
    You will be taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers, industry practitioners and technicians in our purpose built sound studios at our Paddington Centre and the Cockpit Theatre that have been awarded the Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status by the Learning & Skills Council. Your projects will involve working individually and as part of a team using professional mixing consoles, microphones, and multi-track sound recorders. Industry standard Apple computers and Akai samplers running software such as Cubase, Logic and Pro - Tools are also available for your Music Technology project work.
    We believe that supporting you so that you can pursue a future in Music Technology & Sound Engineering. The course will help you to improve and develop your communication skills with additional Key Skills qualification study. You will receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track and, if needed, additional learning support is available on request.
    The course will cover the following topics:

    - Sound Recording Techniques
    - Introduction to Music Technology
    - Music Awareness
    - Listening Skills
    - Digital Audio
    - Music Industry
    - Live Sound
    - Midi Systems
    - Copyright & Royalties
    - Acoustics
    - Audio Synthesis
    - Studio Production
    - Audio Electronics
    - Multimedia Sound Production
    - Broadcast Sound    
    - Industry Lectures

    Where does it lead?
    When you successfully complete this course, you will have the opportunity to progress onto University study or possible career opportunities in Music Recording, Live Sound Engineering, Systems Installation, Sound Design for Theatre & Film and Broadcast Sound for the Internet, TV & Radio.
    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework and written assignments. A commitment to high attendance and punctuality is also part of the overall assessment.
    What do I need to get onto it?
    Entry onto the course is by interview. You will need to bring with you some examples of your work that you would like to talk about or a research paper, a reference from school or college and your National Record of Achievement. At this interview you will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to this area of work and ideally you will have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above.

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