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RSL Music Technology (Subsidiary-Extended Diploma) - Level 3 - Full Time (Brannams)

Level 3 Vocational
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Brannams Campus
Two years

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (first year) and Extended Diploma (second year) for Music Practitioners provide music industry qualifications that will equip you with the skills knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to further study at a higher level.

We will be able to offer you the experience of working in our 800 capacity music venue 'The Factory' as a live sound engineer, as well as becoming a recording studio engineer and music producer using sequencing software. In addition to your training and studies you will also have the opportunity to work with visiting artists and go on an educational visit to New York.


Throughout the first year you will complete a Subsidiary Diploma before moving onto an extended diploma in the second year. For the Music Technology pathway you will will develop your skills and understanding of acoustics, inputs and levels, recording and sequencing skills, mixing and production, manipulation, historical and contextual issues and realisation of your repertoire.

Throughout the two years you will demonstrate:
- Sound recording skills
- Mixing and mastering skills
- Sequencing and production skills
- Live sound skills
- Video production skills
- Understanding of contextual issues relating to the music industry

Throughout the two years you will cover units such as:
- Live Sound Recording and Sound Reinforcement
- Music Sequencing and Production
- Using Dynamic Processors, Multi Effects, EQ and Filters
- Studio Sound Recording & Mixing
- Music Sequencing and Production (Media)
- Music Video Production
- Live Sound Engineer FOH
- Live Sound Engineer Monitors
- Studio Audio Mastering
- Lighting For Music Events
- Remixing and production
- Rewire and syncronisation
- Using a Keyboard with a DAW
- Planning a Career in Music
- Music promotion
These qualifications focus upon the recognition and achievement through practical skills whilst following the Technology pathway.

In the first year you will take one externally assessed core unit (Live Sound recording and Sound Reinforcement) and one internally assessed core unit (Planning a career in Music). All the other units that make up the first year will be a combination of units that will give you 90 credits to complete the Subsidiary Diploma. In the second year you will take one externally assessed core unit (Studio Sound Recording and Mixing) with the remaining units making up 180 credits overall to complete the Extended Diploma.

External Assessments
You must undertake external assessments in the form of a task based controlled assessment. These will be assignments that are set by Industry practitioners and marked by RSL. The assignments provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate and integrate your knowledge, understanding and skills from across your area of study. They will also enable you to develop study skills and to underpin practical skills with core knowledge and understanding.

Internal Assessments
All other units will be internally assessed through coursework (preparation and production, research, written assignments, log keeping, discussion and evaluation) and there are no exams. Over two years you will compile a portfolio of coursework. This coursework is all marked by our lecturers and a sample of units will be externally verified and moderated by RSL.

Our assessments are graded within four bands, these being Unclassified, Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Within assessments, you may be required to work alone or in small groups and your Lecturers will identify appropriate opportunities for collaboration to take place. Assignments have been designed to enable collaboration and team work will be encouraged so that all participants are actively involved in each stage of the production progress and you are able to work in co-operation towards a shred end. Individually you will need to provide your own personal response for assessment that can be identified, authenticated and evidenced. When assessed activity occurs in groups, assessment will be carried out on the individual and your contribution to group work.
Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above

English and Maths GCSE grade C/4 or above are essential. GCSE Music is desirable or equivalent such as a portfolio of material you have produced.
As part of your study programme you will have access to our 800 capacity live music venue, sound-proof rehearsal booths, iMac computer suites using Logic/Ableton and our recording studio. In addition to this you be have access to a wide range of live equipment ranging from analogue/digital mixing/recording desks, lighting desks, and a comprehensive selection of synth and music technology gear for live and recording-based music production. We also have experienced Music Industry staff that will be able to help and guide you through your two years on the course.
You will be required to bring the following items with you on a daily basis:

- Headphones
- Writing equipment
- Writing pads
- USB storage device
You will be require to pay an additional studio fee of £90. This additional fee will allow us to enrich the provision of equipment available to the study, to a professional standard.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.

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