FdA Creative Music Production & Business

Overview

  • Adults, H.E. Students

Details

What does the course include?

This innovative and creative course is aimed at music producers and musicians who want to develop professional production and musicianship skills, and then go on to learn the business skills needed to create a sustainable career within the music industry. The course has been designed in response to the ever increasing demand for high quality practical and vocational training at a Higher Educational Level, by those wishing to develop their skills and experience in the music industry, both as a creative music maker and as a business entrepreneur. With excellent links to the music industry, it is a programme designed to firstly develop students’ creative and technological skills and ability, and then to focus on how students can channel these skills into their career and business development. This course is collaboration between CM Ltd – a vibrant and innovative music education and training company based in central London - City of Westminster College and University of Westminster. CM has a long standing tradition of training and artist development using up to date industry standard equipment and facilities. The course is administered by City of Westminster College and validated by University of Westminster who issue the award FdA CMPAB. CM’s connection with these two market leading academic institutions allows us to offer what we believe to be a unique experience and access to first class student and faculty facilities over three London sites.

Students will attend classes for approximately 2 days per week, but will need to set aside roughly the same amount of time again to complete weekly tasks and assignments, and practice what they learn in class.

During the 1st year of the course, students develop their skills and ability in creative music production, studio techniques, recording and programming, musicianship and creative composition, and develop an understanding of the music industry and the social and cultural environment in which it operates. During the 2nd year, students turn their attention more firmly toward the music industry, focusing on business planning and development, finance skills and the music industry as a whole, whilst continuing to develop their music production skills. Students will be introduced to the professional contexts of the Music Industry and particularly the imperatives of the small scale business entrepreneur. Students are required to create and pilot their own small business idea and create a viable business plan.

FdA Creative Music Production is a vocational HE course. The benefits of this course and learning environment include:

  • Trained specialist tutors
  • Small class sizes
  • Unlimited studio time
  • Industry links

How is the course assessed?

The Assignments for modules are there to test the knowledge, understanding, and creativity of students, to give feedback and advice, and to help the student assess their own progress in their studies. Methods used in assessment include essays, practicals, observations, presentations, written self-evaluations, portfolios of materials, questionnaires and logbooks. There are no exams.

Students need to gain 40% across all assignments in a given module to pass and progress. Final awards are banded according to an average over modules and is given as Pass (40%-59%), Merit (60%-69%), or Distinction (70%+).

Where does it lead?

The course is primarily designed to provide students with a bank of skills and knowledge necessary to create their own role within the music industry, setting up their own business for example. However, should students wish to gain employment within the existing music industry they will be equally well equipped to do so. Students will be able to enter a wide field of career areas, including commercial music production and music for media to name but a few.

After completing the Foundation degree, students will be able to apply to level 6 of the BA (Hons) Commercial Music course at the University of Westminster should they wish to continue their studies. Following successful completion of the bridging requirements students are guaranteed an interview, places are awarded on interview. Alternatively students who gain the FdA award can apply for any suitable UK university course at level 6.

Accommodation

The College has links with several organisations which specialise in student accommodation. These offer a range of types of accommodation and prices vary depending on location, homestay or independent living, whether meals are required and whether you want a single or shared room. The College does not have its own accommodation. Click here for more information.

Equipment and other costs

If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs.

These loans do not require repayment until you have finished your course and you are earning more than £21,000 per year, although you can start repaying them sooner if you wish. Click here to find out more.

To apply for this course please do so via UCAS, the UCAS reference for this course is WN31.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production & Business

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

To successfully complete this course you will be expected to spend a number of additional hours a week on assignments, project or field trips.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Music

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What do I need to get on to the course?

This course is designed to welcome people from all current music backgrounds and does not require formal qualifications for entry. Previous practical experience of Music/Music Production is essential. A study support programme is available for those students who need it.

Entry is based on experience and motivation, previous qualifications are not essential.

Candidates are assessed for suitability for the course on the strength of their potential, attitude, and their commitment to pursue their ambition to be a successful music enterprise. Formal qualifications are disregarded if candidates have the relevant experience and demonstrate their focus on their career path in music. Candidates are required to demonstrate a basic competence and familiarity with any one of the following music production softwares:

  • Logic Pro
  • Cubase
  • Ableton
  • Sonar
  • Digital Performer

At interview, candidates will show examples of their production and answer a series of questions about their experience, their ambitions and their context within the music industry (30 mins). Candidates will be asked to complete a written task and with other candidates will take part in a group activity (60 mins). Candidates are notified of the outcome of interview within 10 working days.

Support

Higher Education Fees

Paying for your course

To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

How are these loans paid back?

You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these. 
You don’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you have borrowed. 
You only start repaying the loan once you’ve left university or college and your income is over £25,000 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,000.  
  • If your income drops below this amount repayments stop.
  • Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee.
  • If you’re self-employed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
As a part-time student who earns over £25,000 a year you have to start paying back your loans after 4 years even if the course hasn’t finished. 
After 30 years, regardless of what you have already repaid the debt is wiped. If you never earn over £25,000 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
 
For the most up-to-date information visit www.gov.uk/student-finance or check out some of their guides below:

Childcare

Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email learner.services@cwc.ac.uk to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.