This exciting new BA (Hons) degree course is a one year programme designed to enable those with an HND, Foundation Degree or DipHE qualification to convert to a full degree in either Music Performance or Production. The course will incorporate a range of units including thought-provoking exploration into musical philosophy and research, expansion of your creative ideas in sound art or technological performance and advanced technical work in your chosen discipline. You will gain experience in collaborative work with college projects such as the new Morley Radio station, Morley College's TERM Records or with external partners. Most importantly you will determine the nature of your major research and creative projects, allowing you to shape your course and the direction of your future career whilst mentored by a team of expert tutors. You will also benefit from the rich and vibrant music culture that Morley College has, stemming from over 110 years of music education that began with Holst, through the opportunity to play in our ensembles, make use of our fantastic facilities and broaden your horizons with short courses, production visits and industry seminars.
On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BA (Hons) in Music - Morley College London [RAVENSBOURNE]
A variety of learning and teaching methods will be employed in the delivery of the programme. The nature of this course requires there to be a slant towards specialist one-to-one teaching and supervision, especially where dissertation or extended personal project work is involved; this facilitates personal development and self-directed learning. Creative elements will be taught through small group practical instruction in our specialist facilities and then developed through group performance or technical activities and workshops. Cultural theory will be taught through lecture, discussion and seminar to encourage discussion and extend understanding. Your learning will be enhanced by our online virtual learning environment, to support you both in class and at home. Master classes, visits and workshops by visiting industry professionals will underpin the advanced skills and knowledge gained in other sessions.Units studied will include:, Dissertation, Creative Project, Cultural Theory, Experimental Sound, Collaborative Project and Advanced Technical Practice
Students will normally be expected to hold at least one of the following (or equivalent) UK or international qualifications of the value of 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5:• BTEC Higher National Diploma,• fDA (Foundation Degree) ,• DipHEThese qualifications should be in a subject related to Music or Music Production but may encompass for example Media / Broadcast / Musical Theatre where appropriate.Morley College will use a number of methods to assess an applicant’s suitability for their course of choice as laid out in the HE admissions policy document. Primarily applicants are selected on the basis of:• Commitment to and understanding of the subject area,• Quality of portfolio evidence / performance,• Extra-curricular activities, including work experience, voluntary work and college productions,• Relevance of the course in relation to the candidate’s stated interests and career aspirations,• The referee’s assessment of the candidate’s potentialApplications are welcomed from those who may not possess formal entry qualifications, mature students, those with work experience or with qualifications other than those listed above. Such applicants should demonstrate sufficient aptitude and potential to complete the course successfully.Applicants may be invited into the college to discuss their work and experience in more detail. This may include checking evidence of prior learning through portfolio review, audition and personal interview.Where an applicant’s first language is not English, proof of competence in English will be required. For undergraduate programmes, this will normally take the form of an approved English language test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference.
The College has excellent specialist resources to support the delivery of the programme, including professional standard recording and radio studios, a mac lab equipped with the latest software and some fantastic performance and rehearsal spaces. You will also have access to computers, scanners and printers in the College’s learning centre.You will be assessed through graded projects and coursework throughout the year. This will include collaborative or interdisciplinary group work, performance or production portfolio development, case study projects, creative composition or performance, written assignments and reflective journals.
You will need access to a laptop or PC with appropriate software and your own instrument/s (where relevant) to facilitate development of your own practical and technical work. Textbooks and other learning materials will be required for the course but will be provided in the learning centre where possible. You will need sufficient time to prepare for your coursework and develop your practice on top of course teaching hours. Please refer to the student handbook for further information.
This course will help you launch your career in the modern music industry and related disciplines. Alternatively you could continue your academic studies on a Master’s programme or other postgraduate qualification (e.g. PGCE).