Course Details

The next step for Level 3 students looking for a sustainable career pathway and broader engagement with the ‘standup’ skills of performance in commercial music, song-writing and production. From song-writing, arranging, improvising and performing, to recording, marketing, planning and logistical issues, every great artist can adapt to different musical styles and integrate across a range of professional roles. Whether you are working towards a career in musical theatre, music for film and television, live performance, recording studio skills, jazz and improvisation, or writing and arranging or producing for other artists, you will benefit from the foundation program. The materials cover most contemporary commercial genres in the great tradition from jazz and the Great American Songbook, to soul, funk, r’n’b, hip-hop, to film and television sound scores and arrangements. Working with our team of industry professionals you will improve your skills and heighten your awareness and understanding of music. They will challenge and expand your talent and insight to set you on a path to becoming the complete musician within a vibrant industry sector.

Entry Requirements

Successful audition to demonstrate appropriate experience and a commitment to pursue music. GCSE Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade C. Applicants need to have a combination of GCE A levels, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diplomas or equivalent qualifications.

Career options

This course provides opportunities for graduates to enter employment within a range of musical and production industries, or progress on to a degree course at university.

Professional Session Musician Higher National Diploma

Five highlights

  • 1 We have seen students ‘go pro’ whilst on the course, or shortly after…
  • 2 We have advanced previous year groups into prestigious universities
  • 3 Staff are industry professionals as well as experienced teachers
  • 4 New design of course that has been running successfully over 30 years
  • 5 Workshops and Masterclasess led by the UK's finest musicians

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • HND Diploma in Music (Production Pathway) - Two Year Programme

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MUS164CF1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

• 15 hours of 1-2-1 individual lessons on your instrument. • Practical band sessions, with in-depth work on all parts, comprise a large part of the course. • Aural recognition, transcription, notation and improvisation all have tasks and seminars. • Arrangements and compositions are all developed within the context of rehearsals and played in public performances. • Keyboard skills are related to harmony, theory and arranging knowledge. • Logic, Sibelius and Pro-Tools are incorporated as tools for creating arrangements, composing, and recording and mixing in the department’s recording studio. • Contextual studies provide guidance for historical and contemporary research projects. • Regular public performances and students organise a regional tour. • The materials cover most commercial genres from the great tradition of jazz and the Great American Songbook, to soul, funk, fusion, world music, R’n’B, reggae and hip-hop, to film and television sound scores and arrangements.

How will I be taught?

The course prides itself on treating all members of the cohort as individuals. We have a team of professional practitioners who will support your learning in a range of contexts from the Mac Sequencing Suite, to the recording studio in a small group, to seminar rooms in ensembles. The modules focus upon an area of research and exploration that will generate material for performance, models for composition and arranging, and genre-specific techniques.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by practical tasks and larger scale projects, and by producing written evaluations and explanations. The majority of the assessment will be done internally by Chichester College. The work is practical where possible, and assessed as such, in an on-going way, so as not to become obtrusive upon the learning.

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