Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

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Music – Contemporary Music Performance Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code PRH

NFQ Level 6*

Duration 2 Years

Award BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music (Artist Development)

* The Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6

Develop self-expression, musical composition, songwriting, instrumental skills, presentation and live creative music performance in Contemporary Music

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Overview

This course is for aspiring professional musicians who want to learn more about the music industry.

This course creates a working environment in which you can develop skills of self-expression, music composition, presentation and performance.

Live performances in the college and city centre venues are an exciting and integral part of the course.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Performance
  • Instrumental Technique
  • Songwriting
  • Applied Music Theory
  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Music Production Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Developing as an Artist
  • Advanced Performance Skills
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Musical Direction in Practice
  • Advanced Composing Using Technology
  • Live Arrangement Skills
  • Creative Research Project

Facilities

  • Fully equipped Rehearsal and Recording Studios
  • Professional software includes: Pro-tools, Logic Pro, Ableton and Reaper
  • Professional hardware includes: Amplifiers from Orange, Fender, Marshall, AER, Roland, Ampeg and more. Audio interfaces from SSL, Neve and Universal Audio. Drums kits from Gretsch and Pearl
  • Professional TV Broadcasting Studio
  • Purpose Built Performance Venue
  • Professional back line and P.A. Systems
  • Multi-Media Computer and Music Production Rooms

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two O1/H5 and three O6/H7 grades, or equivalent, or a relevant QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile such as
  • Applicants will be required to complete an audition and supply a demo featuring a vocal or instrumental music performance. This recording may be a solo performance or as part of a group. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+), or where outstanding talent is demonstrated at the audition.

Progression

  • Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE.
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities, where graduates gain exemption of one or two years from music degree courses in Ireland, (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution).
  • Graduates may also gain exemption of one or two years from other Music degree courses in the UK.

Students' Work

The Vagabonds at the Grand Social on 2nd March 2016
BCFE student Sam Martin and his band Odd Morris have released their debut single

Testimonials

BCFE offered the space for me to start writing songs myself. In addition to that I got the chance to gain experience and learn about live performance in a band setting. I’ve experienced so much creativity, so many talented musicians with unique styles and what spoke to me the most was the support of artistry. The main focus lay on every artist being unique and refining their individual styles instead of making them into something they are actually not.
Vera Gsenger, Musician and Performer
Higher National Diploma in Music – Contemporary Music Performance (PRH, 2013-2015)

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