Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Music Technology

  • Course Code AAA0660
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Digital music production systems have revolutionised the modern music industry, affecting both the way music is produced and the way it is sold. Low cost computer-based production tools mean that it is possible to create professional quality product without the need to spend a fortune on studio time, and compression technologies like MP3 have completely changed the way music is shared.

If you're a budding producer with some experience of using music production technology and want to take your skills and knowledge to the next level, this is the course for you. Working with experienced teachers, you'll learn how to get the best out of music production technology, including Logic Pro and ProTools. You'll learn how to turn simple music ideas into finished work ready for digital distribution or live performance. Plus, you’ll find out how the business works and how you might be able to make a living in it.

The programme also covers sound for live performance, for those interested in live sound engineering.
As a National Skills Academy founder college, you'll get access to opportunities to see how the industry works, with behind the scenes visits to major venues and festivals. Past visits have included Leeds Festival and the Prodigy at the Metro Radio Arena. We've also recorded local bands for BBC Introducing.

You'll also develop your broader employability skills and studying for and take GCSEs or Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English or maths if you don't already have them. Once you've completed the course, you could continue your studies with a Foundation or Honours Degree in music technology, music production or other relevant qualifications in music. 

Fast-track to an apprenticeship
If you can’t find the right apprenticeship vacancy or you want to do some studying first - no problem. You can start on a vocational study programme then once you’re ready and a vacancy becomes available, we’ll help you transfer on to an apprenticeship.

The place of study

Our fantastic Baltic Campus is equipped with some of the best education facilities in the UK. And with industry standard recording studios, rehearsal spaces and a custom built 200 capacity performance theatre, all our music courses are well catered for.
Our facilities are recognised as being among the best in the country. This is one of the reasons that we were chosen as a founder college of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural (NSACC), a national network of colleges, companies and venues around the country that aim to improve the skill level within the Creative Industries. We were the only college in the region to be chosen for the network which includes the Royal Albert Hall, The Sage Gateshead and companies behind some of the world's biggest music festivals.
Our status as a founder college means our students get exclusive opportunities such as:
Work experience behind the scenes at Leeds Festival
Workshop days and tours of venues such as the Royal Albert Hall
Performance opportunities at venues such as The Sage Gateshead

An interview is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

By continual observation of your practical work, projects, assignments, oral and written questions

Continuous assessment using class based assignments and portfolio of evidence

How will I be taught?

You will be taught using a mix of practical workshops, tutorials and assignments.

Qualifications needed

You will need GCSE English at Grade 4 (C) or above, plus 3 other GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (preferably including Maths). Relevant vocational qualifications at Level 2 will be considered.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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