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Media and Performing Arts Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma/Extended Diploma Centre for Music and Performance 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This applied, performance-based course offers a broad range of study designed for aspiring professional musician. A large part of the course is practical and will involve performances in public venues, culminating in the Final Major Performance, held at The Exeter Phoenix in the 2nd year of study. You will also undertake regular performances in the Centre for Music Performance. Assessment is all course based and is by written and practical assignments.

This course is ideal if you you live and breathe music and have a strong motivation for studying music at higher education or entering the music industry.

What topics will I study?

You will learn about the place of music in our society, working in the music industry, music theory, composing, arranging and music's practical application, performance techniques and improvisation. You will also learn how to use Logic and Pro-tools to sequence and record to a high standard.

You will: 

  • Study aural skills and music theory and harmony and its practical application
  • Study performance techniques and improvisation and develop instrumental/vocal skills
  • Study composing and arranging techniques
  • Study the place of music in our society and working in the music industry
  • Use logic and pro-tools to sequence and record to a high standard
  • Have visits to concerts, workshops and gigs
  • Deliver your final performance at the Exeter Phoenix
  • Join ensembles including our Big Band, Choirs, Chanber Orchestra and Jazz Project
  • Benefit from our strong links with music industry profressionals to gain work experience and plan your career

Possible course units include:
Year 1

  • Aural
  • Live music workshop
  • Music performance techniques
  • Music theory
  • Sequencing
  • Contemporary song writing
  • Functional midi keyboard
  • Sound and music industry
  • Working and developing as a music ensemble

Year 2:

  • Arranging
  • Composing
  • Improvising music
  • Major music project
  • Music and society
  • Music session styles
  • Music production techniques
  • Pop music in practice
  • Singing techniques

If you have any queries about the course please contact Ian Rankin:

What experiences will I get?

Concerts / trips / workshops. There will be visits from professional musicians plus opportunities to attend concerts outside college. All Exeter College Music Academy students will participate in the College Concert of Carols in early December.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language.
Plus standard entry requirements: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: The ability to play an instrument with confidence and intermediate skill (assessed through audition at interview). Vocalists are able to apply for this course, but you will be encouraged to learn a melodic or harmonic instrument to support your vocal studies.

What can I study alongside this course?

This is a full time course.

What facilities are there?

Our Centre for Music and Performance includes recording studios, rehearsal suites, Mac computer suites, and performance area.

What can the course lead on to?

After this course your could progress on to study commercial music, pop, jazz, music technology and composition at university.

Are there any additional costs?

£140 fee per year for enrolment to the Exeter College Music Academy. This entitles you to individual instrumental or vocal lessons, cut-price tickets for outside events, and master-classes and workshops from visiting industry professionals. A bursary for this fee may be available. Cost of instruments and music where needed, media such as blank CDR etc. Students will provide their own headphones and USB pens. 

What do our students think?

I studied music at Exeter College for 2 years, and what an experience it was! I had the best time! The facilities are great, the students work hard and the teachers are incredible. I am currently recording my album and nervously awaiting the decisions made from drama school auditions.”

Being at Exeter College has allowed me to work with so many inspiring musicians.”

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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