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Music Technology (Production)
Faculty of Media and Performing Arts
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Media and Performing Arts Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate Centre for Music and Performance 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course is suitable for those who have some experience and/or a keen interest in sequencing, recording and performance. You will learn to build upon learnt skills in sound recording, sequencing and mixing, by applying them to a broad range of music styles and genres. In your first year you will study the Certificate progressing to the Extended Certificate in your second year.

There are three units of study in each year. Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Course work (written and practical) is assessed internally.

What topics will I study?

The Level 3 Certificate in Music Technology comprises of 3 units of study:

  • MIDI Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • Music Production Techniques
  • Music Technology in Performance

All units are largely practical but involve individual research and presentation. On successful completion of the Certificate, you can progress to the Level 3 Extended Certificate in year two, gaining a full A Level equivalent (60 units in total).

The three study units of the Extended Certificate are:

  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • Delivering a Music Product
  • Live Sound

What experiences will I get?

There will be numerous opportunities to work on real-time performance and media projects at the college. You may also be able to work as part of our Music Academy. All Exeter College Music Academy Students will participate in the College Concert of Carols in early December

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: The ability to sing or play an instrument to a comfortable standard is desirable. Previous experience with some form of sequencing/recording is advantageous, for exmaple; e.g Logic Pro, Cubase, Pro tools, Garage Band, Fruity Loops.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme.

What facilities are there?

Our Centre for Music and Performance includes recording studios, rehearsal suites and performance area. Individual instrumental/vocal tuition for Music Academy Students (see Music Academy information).

What can the course lead on to?

In your second year, you can progress to the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music Technology, you could then progress to higher-level courses in music technology.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources – click here to find out more.

You must provide your own instrument and the relevant accessories.

What do our students think?

I chose Music Technology because I really like electronic music, so it's been really good learning how to use the software and studio, and how to create my own music in that style. I enjoy the whole course; pretty much everything we've done has been fun and interesting. My tips for future students are to try and keep on top of the work if you can. Also try and enjoy it, because if you don't enjoy the courses you do then it's going to be a struggle carrying on with them."

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