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Chichester College

Music - Professional Session Musician

UCAS Code: W314

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

C,D,D-C,C,C

All students complete an Audition/Interview. A typical offer of either a combination of GCE A levels/Level 3 Diploma or an Extended Diploma at overall Merit. GCSE Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade C or above.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30,P:15

All students complete an Audition/Interview. A typical offer of either a combination of GCE A levels/Level 3 Diploma or an Extended Diploma at overall Merit. GCSE Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE at grades C or above are required in English Language and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Students must have their primary subject related to this course

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM-MMP

All students complete an Audition/Interview. A typical offer of either a combination of GCE A levels/Level 3 Diploma or an Extended Diploma at overall Merit. GCSE Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade C or above.

Scottish Higher

C,C,D,D,D,D

All students complete an Audition/Interview. A typical offer of either a combination of Level 3 Higher Diploma including relevant subjects. Standard/Nationals Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff

80-96

All students complete an Audition/Interview. A typical offer of either a combination of GCE A levels/Level 3 Diploma or an Extended Diploma at overall Merit. GCSE Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade C or above.

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Attend an interview

Perform an audition

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

The Higher National Diploma in Sessional Music (“The Modern Day Professional Musician”), is a practical, hands on and exciting course that has been developed to give students a strong foundation and broad portfolio for an active life in many areas of the music industry. Look at this course as a session musician’s toolkit. The pathway you choose will depend upon the instrument you play and what your hopes, aspirations and objectives are. For example, this could be as a guitarist, bassist, drummer, vocalist, pianist, songwriter etc.

The focus on tutor-led ensemble workshops is a significant feature of the course. These workshops lead to regular performance opportunities, both in college and in local venues. Comprehensive weekly classes in the fundamental aspects of music making, including Improvisation; Music Theory; Aural Perception; Keyboard Skills; Arranging and Composition; Contextual studies; and Professional Development, are delivered by recognized practitioners in music industry – a feature almost unique to courses outside of London. In addition, students receive a weekly half-hour of one-to-one instrumental tuition delivered by experienced, qualified, professional instrumental tutors. All of our course tutors are practicing musicians with decades of professional experience and are known and respected for their professionalism and artistry. The course is enriched through a rolling program of masterclasses delivered by some of the finest UK musicians, many with international pedigrees. This previous year’s masterclasses have been delivered by Peter Churchill, Eddie Parker, and Tony Kofi.
You will benefit from Chichester College’s state of the art facilities, including a fully equipped Mac recording studio, a Mac suite running the most up to date version of Logic (industry standard sequencing/recording software), industry used drum kits, guitar amps, Steinway pianos, and an 80-seater performance space with a fantastic PA system.

Modules

In year 1 students study 8 different units that contribute to a holistic grounding in all aspects of Jazz music. At the end of year 1 students can achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma. Year 1 Units: Creative Arts Research Skills (Core unit); Music in Context (Core unit); Aural Perception; Harmony and Composition; Improvisation in Music; Keyboard skills; Music Notation; Music Performance Studies. In year 2 students again study 8 units. They will work towards a major final performance in a public venue. At the end of year 2 students achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma. Year 2 Units: Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts (Core unit); Critical Music Listening (Core unit); Band Rehearsal and Performance; Harmony and Arranging; Music Composition Techniques; Music Performance Skills; Planning for Public Performance; World music Composition and performance.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, as well as written examinations and a final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your unit mark.
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on your course choices.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,500
per year
England
£6,500
per year
EU
£6,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,500
per year
Scotland
£6,500
per year
Wales
£6,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Chichester Campus

Department:

Music

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