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Music Production (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Spe­cialise in music pro­duc­tion, sound design, acoustics, audio engi­neer­ing, record­ing stu­dio prac­tice and music busi­ness. Expe­ri­ence the music pro­duc­tion process from begin­ning to end includ­ing plan­ning record­ing ses­sions, learn­ing audio engi­neer­ing tech­niques as well as mix­ing and mas­ter­ing record­ed music. You will also gain prac­ti­cal skills through indus­try based projects using sound design, record­ing, pro­duc­tion and live sound rein­force­ment with embed­ded music busi­ness prac­tice with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with our infin­i­ty record label and radio station.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

This is a hands-on music pro­duc­tion course. Much of your time will be spent in our record­ing and pro­duc­tion spaces, work­ing in small groups and indi­vid­u­al­ly. You will have your own DAW and will spend a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time study­ing indi­vid­u­al­ly. There is an expec­ta­tion that you will car­ry out indi­vid­ual study out­side of your sched­uled timetable. Prac­ti­cal assess­ments take place at local music venues in order to give you real world expe­ri­ence of work­ing with­in the audio pro­duc­tion industry.

Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths.

Alter­na­tive­ly a Mer­it in a rel­e­vant Lev­el 2 Diplo­ma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in Eng­lish and maths, or a pass for func­tion­al skills Lev­el 2 Eng­lish and Maths.<?xml:namespace pre­fix = o” ns = urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

This course requires an interview/​informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your inter­view you will need to sub­mit an audition. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course availability
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to course availability
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

A Mer­it in your first year is required to enter the sec­ond year Extend­ed Diploma. 

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There are no exams for this course. Stu­dents build a port­fo­lio of prac­ti­cal work for each of the units and com­plete writ­ten assign­ments. This leads up to a final major project of your choos­ing which will deter­mine your final grade.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will need to pur­chase an equip­ment pack at the start of the year cost­ing £30.

You will also be able to par­tic­i­pate in cre­at­ing online video con­tent and will release your own music through major online retail­ers such as Spo­ti­fy and Apple Music. For detailed infor­ma­tion vis­it http://​www​.infin​i​tys​tam​ford​.ac​.uk.

Assessed pub­lic per­for­mances usu­al­ly take place in the evening when you will be required to arrange your own trans­port from the per­for­mance venue (either col­lege or a local venue).

Units can be sub­ject to change.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you could progress to study music degrees at uni­ver­si­ty. You could also progress to careers such as a Music Pro­duc­er, Live Sound Engi­neer, Broad­cast­er, Music Pro­mot­er or Music Manager.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Record­ing techniques 
  • Audio engi­neer­ing
  • Mix­ing and mastering 
  • Dig­i­tal and ana­logue synthesis 
  • Radio/​podcast production 
  • Music event management 
  • Set­ting up a music business 
  • Sound design


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The facil­i­ties are great and have opened the doors to the music indus­try for our band — Among the Cit­i­zens. We have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take part in live gigs and have appeared on BBC Introducing.

John Gooding



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