Songwriting

Artist Development Diploma

Overview

This vocational diploma pathway is available in both two-year and one-year course options.  The two-year option is equivalent to three A Levels, whilst our one-year ‘fast track’ diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.

This course is designed to develop your skills as a professional musician, with a specific focus in Songwriting, Live Performance and Music Business.  You’ll learn to compose your own music, perform at live events, record and produce music in the studio and learn more about music theory, giving you a wider understanding of the music industry and of how to get music out to an audience.

You will develop essential composition, arrangement and studio skills, including DAW music production, theory and ear training, live performance and music industry career development.  In addition to this you will study the links between music and society, and work on a professional development project.

You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel passionate about, collaborating creatively with fellow musicians, producers and entrepreneurs, to begin connecting to the music industry.  As a BIMM student, many exciting networking opportunities will come your way, from gig opportunities to masterclasses with globally successful industry professionals – your career in music starts here!

Throughout the course you will be supported and guided toward your future career and study goals by expert tutors and prominent music industry professionals, providing you with a holistic view of the music industry and the way it operates.

Studying on the diploma is a great way to take your first steps into the music industry.  A course like this can either kickstart your career or provide a valuable foundation for study at a higher level by progressing onto one of the BIMM degree courses, such as the BA (hons) Songwriting, the BA (hons) Music Production or the BA (hons) Professional Musicianship.

UK and EU students aged 16-18 are eligible to have their course fees paid by the Government, subject to meeting ESFA conditions of funding.

So, what are you waiting for?  To make your way as a music professional, connect with us and we will connect you to a life in music.

Awarded by:

Free to UK & EU students age 18 or under
(subject to academic requirements)

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Year 1 Subsidiary Diploma/Fast Track Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • STUDIO RECORDING SKILLS

    The studio is very different to the stage and with it comes a whole new set of skills. Here is where you’ll learn how to set up and record music in the studio.

  • ARRANGEMENT, ANALYSIS AND COMPOSITION

    In this lesson you’ll learn about the composition of different musical styles and explore the historical movements where they were brought to life. These skills will be put into practice as you develop your own arrangement and compositional ability.

  • EAR TRAINING

    Ear training is all about sharpening the ear for in-depth song analysis. In it you’ll be taught various listening and theory skills. These skills will not only teach you new ways of appreciating and understanding music, it will also help you on your way to becoming a better, more employable musician.

  • MUSIC INDUSTRY CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    The module is a complete overview of the music industry; this includes basic copyright legislation, the role and function of record labels, publishing companies, collection societies, artist managers, live sector organisations and PR companies.

  • PRE-PRODUCTION

    Pre-production encourages the preparation of your original songs to professional standards. You’ll deconstruct songs, paying close attention to melody, arrangement and harmonies, all in preparation for your Live Performance Workshop lesson.

  • LIVE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP (LPW)

    This is where you put the work from pre-production into action. You’ll perform your tracks with a house band, reviewing and refining the performance along the way. Doing this regularly will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer and songwriter.

  • PERFORMANCE PREPARATION

    Here you’ll look at the aspects that go towards a great performance. This goes beyond LPW, and you’ll be looking at band forming, rehearsal techniques, promotion, marketing, stage management and budgeting.

  • EXTENDED STUDIES

    Here you will have the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It is also a great chance to meet guest speakers, prepare for UCAS applications and create your CV. Your personal social development will also be supported to ensure you are prepared for a future in the music industry.

  • RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATION (fast track module)

    This lesson offers students a chance to undertake an investigation into an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic study skills that will help prepare you for a higher level of study or research.

  • MUSIC INDUSTRY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT (fast track module)

    In this year’s classes you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

    This lesson builds on the recording knowledge that you developed in year 1 and pushes the subject even further, enhancing your mixing and production skills.

  • MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION

    Music theory is an essential component of musicianship and in this lesson you’ll learn the links between theoretical knowledge and your own compositions.

  • SINGING FOR SONGWRITERS

    In this class you will look at singers in different genres and styles in a critical context so that you can apply that element of the songwriting process. If you know how and why a vocal works you can apply that knowledge to your songs.

  • DIGITAL MEDIA

    Here you will study the skills required to create music for media, developing skills in technology, editing, sound design and arranging, by composing music for a range of applications, focussing on adverts and TV.

  • PRE-PRODUCTION

    In this year of pre-production, you’ll continue to use your own original songs, refining them in preparation for your own performance.

  • RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATION

    This lesson offers students a chance to undertake an investigation into an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic study skills that will help prepare you for a higher level of study or research.

  • MUSIC INDUSTRY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    In this year’s classes you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

  • MUSIC IN CONTEXT

    This is where you will learn about the interaction between music and society. In it you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential artists and the impact they have had on music, technology, politics and civil rights.

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Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

After this course:

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry or can continue their studies with BA (Hons) Songwriting.

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How to apply

All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an assessment call 0844 2 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an individual assessment.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
1 and 2 year options
Awarding institution:
RSL
Teaching institution:
BIMM Manchester
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
Two-year course: RSL Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners. One-year course: RSL Diploma for Music Practitioners
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.
Location:
BIMM Manchester

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