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BTEC Foundation Diploma

Music Production BTEC

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What is BTEC Music Production?

Our Music Production BTEC course is the new Foundation Diploma which is worth 1.5 A-Levels. It is focused on developing the important skills required in today’s music industry. You will undertake a range of hands-on practical projects including performance, recording and producing, electronic music and sound synthesis.

What Will You Study?

  • Studio Recording – Understand and utilise recording equipment with confidence in order to create and mix a professional standard multi-track recording of live instruments.
  • Sequencing Music – Understand and operate Music Production/Sequencing software to create and develop music in response to a brief.
  • Music Technology in Live Events – Understand the equipment used in an event and be able to set up and confidently run a live gig.
  • Planning your Music Industry Career – Understand the different sectors of the music industry, how they interact and how they have developed. Identify different opportunities for employment and plan your own future within the industry.

This course will offer a mixture of written assignments to show understanding of the process along with numerous practical projects which will demonstrate creativity and developmental skills. There will be an opportunity for students to work across different disciplines and gain experience in different industry areas such as Music for Film/Media, Music for Theatre, Foley and sound FX, Commercial Popular Music, Radio Broadcasting, Sound engineering etc.

What Next?

Music Production can lead you into an exciting and creative career in the music and media industries. The skills that you will develop are essential for working as a Performer, Composer or Producer, in a recording studio, in Radio and in theatres and live music venues. There is a wide range of vocational and academic Higher Education courses available in this subject area.

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Entry Requirements

At least five 4s at GCSE and at least a 4 in Music (if studied) and a 4 in English Language or Maths.
Students who enrol on this course must be able to play at least one instrument to a competent level. For more detail please contact the Music Department.

Course Type

BTEC Foundation Diploma, this is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels.

What other subjects go well with this subject?

BTEC Music (Performance)Modern Foreign LanguagesBusiness StudiesEnglish, Musical TheatrePerforming Arts, Media Studies, Maths and Physics.

Have you considered a Mixed Programme? Find out more about the combination of courses you can study at Newman.

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