This course covers the history and development of recording technology. You will learn practical skills for recordings and compositions including the usage of modern recording and production techniques, including the function of a digital audio workstation (DAW). You will learn to capture, mix, master, manipulate, create, edit and refine audio and MIDI data. You will examine the principles of sound and audio technology and apply this practically. The course is taught in dedicated rooms with access to recording technology and DAWs with both industry standard software and hardware. There is a significant practical element to the course, and you will be required to set up and undertake recording sessions in addition to inputting and working with MIDI and virtual instruments. In studying this course, you will learn the skills required to operate a recording studio and create your own musical compositions. Please note that this course combines both a theoretical and practical element. You do not specifically need instrumental skills, though there is a substantial compositional element that benefits having some prior musical knowledge.
There are at least two industry activities each academic year; students joining us in 2023 will have the opportunity to visit ‘Synthfest’ a Sheffield based synthesiser conference. Our aspiring technicians will be able to check out exhibitions from companies such as Roland & Korg, listen to talks from the likes of the British radio-phonics workshop and get hands on with cutting edge equipment. This year our Y12 cohort have participated in an electric guitar design & building workshop, students were able to create versatile instruments for the colleges future students.
Students have the opportunity to take part in workshops from industry professionals and attend industry events. Although we do subsidise any costs, students are sometime asked to contribute towards providing these opportunities. These costs do not typically cost beyond £20 and are usually voluntary.
Assessment will be a mixture of external exam (60%) and a portfolio of practical work (40%). The portfolio of practical work will involve separate recording and technology based. compositions.
General entry requirements with interview/audition.
Applicants do not need to be able to play a musical instrument, but this is highly advisable.
They should be able to evidence their interest and/or experience in the subject. This could be via a portfolio of previous works or through a spoken interview with the course leader should you not have any prior subject specific qualifications.
This course links very well with Music, Performing Arts, Film, Media and all other arts subjects. Some students also study Mathematics and the course is an excellent, broad preparation for further study and careers such as sound engineer, composer/arranger, and musical instrument designer/repairer or in retail and publishing.
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