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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Music Technology

This course has been designed as a full time two year programme and is equivalent to 3 A levels.
2 Years
Level 3

Course Overview

This 2-year course is designed to prepare you for a career within the sound/music industry giving you an up-to-date skill-set using the latest music technologies.

It focuses on a practical & creative approach to learning key industry related skills, e.g. studio recording & production, concert staging & live sound engineering, electronic music production & performance. 

Practical workshops delivered by specialist tutors creatively explore a range of new technologies: Pro Tools, Reason, Ableton, Reaktor, AudioMulch, Avid S6, Focusrite RedNet, Avid S3L & Venue, Yamaha LS9.


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Available Sessions

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Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Music Technology (Year 1)





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Course Modules

 Year 1 - subjects studied may include : 

• Studio Recording & Music Production Techniques

• Audio Engineering Principles

• Live Sound Engineering

• MIDI Sequencing Techniques

• Music & Sounds for the Moving Image

• Music Business

• Music Theory & Harmony

• Music Piano Keyboard Skills  


Year 2 - Subjects studied may include:    

• Planning & Delivering a Music Product (studio recording & production major project)  

• Concert Staging and Production

• Sound Creation and Manipulation  

• Music Technology in Performance  

• Music Project  

• Acoustics For Musicians  

• Listening Skills for Music Technology  

• The Music Freelance World  


 You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability.

Ideal If:

 you would like to work in studio engineering, recording and production: Live sound engineering or Electronic music for performance/ film /theatre

You'll Learn:

 about audio engineering principles, studio and music production techniques, live sound engineering, Electronic music composition for performance and the music business. You will have numerous opportunities to perform and participate in live music performances, sound engineer live music/theatre events and record and produce music albums, film soundtracks etc.

You'll Love:

 the music recording and performance facilities at our Space Building, Bangor with industry standard equipment such as Pro Tools HD, Focusrite Rednet systems and computer music workstations available for all students.

You'll Progress:

 onto employment or further study

You'll Need:

 Entry requirements include the following:    BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music, or, 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, plus successful outcome at audition/interview (You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C).     

Music technology experience would also be beneficial.  

Successful completion at interview.  

The interview process will involve an interview and a written test. The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your entry to this programme.  

Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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