Music Performance & Production

UAL Diploma Level 2

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Availability & Details

Music Performance & Production, UAL Level 2 Diploma AF-MUSC2D-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)

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If you are keen to establish yourself as a singer, songwriter, performer, musician, digital composer, producer, rapper or DJ, then this is the course for you to explore your talent.

A foundation course that will teach you how to play as part of a band, compose music for digital platforms on Logic Pro, mix tracks and perform to audiences, as well as business skills to start making it happen. As the Music Industry changes, artists develop a range of skills to meet these demands and this course brings you right up to date. From composing ballads to digital scores, getting a band together and your first recording and mixing session, to promoting to your fanbase, this is the way to get noticed!

Five GCSEs at grade 3 including English Language and Mathematics. Entry is by audition and interview to demonstrate that you are advanced enough with your instrument/voice/digital compositions to start composing and rehearsing with a band.

On this course you will have the opportunity to study a variety of music performance related areas.

The UAL Diploma consists of eight units. Units 1 – 7 are skill building units that prepare you for Unit 8, which is your final major project (FMP).

Units 1 – 7 cover:

  • A range of elements in the development and delivery of a music performance
  • Roles and responsibilities in the production of a music performance
  • Listening skills to identify the different musical elements of musical performances

The facilities on our campus feature the latest music industry standard equipment. They include:

  • Two Apple Mac (2017 iMac) production suites consisting of more than 20 individual workstations running Logic Pro- X/Reason/Sibelius and Avid mini boxes.
  • Main recording studio with Control and live room, featuring Logic Pro X, Waves, Reason, and high spec Microphones.
  • Live music venue with a variety of live audio equipment: Industry standard microphones and DI boxes, PA and monitor speakers and outboard equipment. Our rehearsal rooms are equipped with all the kit required to rehearse and perform your favourite music such as – PA Systems, Mics, Amps, Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, Marimba, Grand Piano and Yamaha Upright Pianos.

Just rock up and start to learn tracks in a range of ensembles, from solo acts to full bands. Also, our fantastic Ormond room is a fully equipped performance space for recording or performing original songs or covers. Writing and performing music is at the heart of what we do throughout your courses here.

You will be continually assessed on a Pass or Fail basis on Units 1 – 7. The final Unit 8 will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction level. The work towards your final unit will begin towards the end of term 1 in your first year. Much of the work is practical in nature but written assignments and presentations are required to support this. There is a big emphasis on research and is excellent preparation for university, as the qualification is assessed more like a degree than an A Level. There is no final examination.

On completion of this Level 2 course, you could progress on to the Level 3 Music and Production Course. You could also go on to be a performer, technician, promoter, venue manager, live sound engineer, songwriter, music producer or studio engineer.

There will be visits to commercial studios like Metropolis, as well as industry seminars and guest speakers.

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student