Level 3 UAL Diploma/ Extended Diploma Music and Production


You will develop your creative skills in performance through Ableton and DJ software, while also extending your songwriting and theory skills with Sibelius. You will work on exciting projects project to develop both theory and performance skills, as required by professionals working in the music industry. Our music facilities, including a suite of Apple Mac computers with professional standard software, digital recording studios and a wide range of instruments.

Course type

Level 3 UAL Diploma/ Extended Diploma

Course length

Diploma: one year
Extended Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Four or more A*-C grades at GCSE (preferably including Music), including a grade C in Mathematics or English Language. Students currently studying an intermediate vocational course will need a full Level 2 Extended Certificate with merit in a related subject, a grade C in either English Language or Mathematics, and one other subject.
In some circumstances improved performance in Functional Skills may be accepted where a GCSE has not yet been achieved.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • studio production skills, using Pro Tools and Logic Pro, in our three digital recording studios
  • producing high-standard live and studio recordings
  • staging collaborations with performing and visual arts
  • multimedia projects and game design projects
  • trips to studios such as SSR and workshops with professional artists

On the course you will:

  • be part of the college‚Äôs record label project: creating, Engineering and then marketing your products
  • learn and practise Sound Engineering skills in professional venues
  • collaborate with Visual and Performing Arts students
  • perform at professional venues (our students have performed at The Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Birmingham ICC)
  • have the opportunity for free weekly singing or instrument lessons through the NewVIc Music Advancement Programme (MAP)

Method of assessment

You will be internally assessed throughout the duration of this programme.

What will I be able to progress to?

You will be able to progress to a range of Music Technology, Sound Design and Music courses at universities and specialist colleges. These can lead to careers in Music Production as Sound Engineers, Technicians and Music Producers as well as Artist Management, Live Sound, Marketing and Promotion, and A&R.

Students also progress to performance courses as Session Musicians and Composers, including Film Score and Gaming Soundtrack Design. This is often combined with teaching.