Duration:
2 years full-time

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C)*
  • An appreciation of and a passion for music with a level of practical experience and/ or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area

Fees & funding:
Visit our fees & funding page for more information

How to apply:
When you're ready to apply, there's a few ways to start the process.

Introduction to the course

This practical course will develop your music production, sound engineering and DJ skills. You’ll be taken through all the stages of production, from laying down your original sounds to mixing, mastering and marketing your final product.

You’ll also get advice and guidance from industry professionals on how the music industry works, enabling you to get a head-start towards your chosen career.

You’ll learn:

  • Studio recording techniques
  • Creative synthesis and sampling skills
  • Music and sound for media
  • DJ techniques
  • Computer Music production skills
  • Entrepreneurial & business skills to help you make money in the music industry

DID YOU KNOW?

We taught Prince Harry how to DJ.

What you'll study

During the first term of the Audio and Music Technology course you'll be introduced to the recording studio and you’ll learn about the different equipment that is used to record and mix music. You'll also be introduced to music sequencing software and will learn essential keyboard and composition skills. You'll also begin to investigate the different roles and businesses that operate in the music industry and start plotting your own route to you chosen career.

You'll continue to develop your music production skills and will compose original music and undertake a remix project to create your own EP. You'll also participate in your first real recording project in the studio and record and mix a range of recording artists. You'll continue to investigate the music industry examining how industry professionals get paid to do the job they love.

During the final term of the first year of the Audio and Music Technology course, you'll begin to look at more advanced music production techniques and learn how to sample audio and synthesise your own original sounds. You'll explore current trends in the music industry – investigating how people purchase music and how the music industry reacts to the ever changing economic and technological landscape.

During this term you'll discover how music technology is used in live performance. You'll develop, produce and perform your own live show or DJ set and find out about the key milestones that have influenced modern music. You'll also record and produce your own radio shows and podcasts, both are essential ways of promoting your own music and getting your music heard by a wider audience.

During this term you'll work as a team in the recording studio to plan and produce your own recording sessions. Working to a budget you'll be responsible for booking your own equipment, artists and recording and mixing down your final tracks. You'll also be introduced to how sound is used in films and the techniques used to create film soundtracks.

The final term is all about you. You'll organise your own end of course gigs and club nights and learn about music event promotion. You'll also design your own website and learn how to utilise social networking channels to promote yourself or your band.  You'll also learn about mastering and the techniques that are used to create a final audio product, ready for distribution.

Maths & English

Depending on your prior English and Maths attainment, you may need to improve your grade as part of your course.

Professional & Personal Development

As part of your programme of study, all students have a Personal and Professional Development session for one hour per week.

On this course you’ll have access to:

  • Confetti’s brand new Contemporary Music & Events Hub
  • Sound recording and editing suites
  • Music studios and rehearsal rooms
  • Mac and PC computer suites
  • Ableton and Logic music software
  • Pioneer DJ equipment

The Confetti Classroom

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Industry Week

As a Confetti student, you will also take part in Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.

Previous guests include: Michael Eavis, Jamal Edwards (SBTV), Will Kennard (Chase and Status), Andy Copping (Download Festival), Mistajam (BBC Radio 1), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Professor Green, DJ Yoda, Sleaford Mods, Moxie (NTS Radio & Warehouse Project), Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Aphex Twin, The White Stripes), Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush), George Shilling (Oasis, Primal Scream, James Brown), Mikey Demus (Skindred), DJ Phantasy & Harry Shotta (SASASAS), Aziz Ibrahim (The Stone Roses, Ian Brown).

Continue your education

Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your college course. Choose to continue your studies on our range of foundation and full honours degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career:

Future careers:

  • Music producer
  • Studio engineer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Musician
  • DJ

Open Days

Event Phone: 0115 952 2075

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  • Open Day
    24/01/2019
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Open Day
    21/03/2019
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