Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Live Sound & Event Production - Level 3 (UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0332-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: UAL Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL

Course aims

This course is ideal if you are interested in sound engineering and technical support for events such as gigs, festivals, clubs and theatres. You will work in our state-of-the-art studios, learning sound  engineering and music production techniques. You will work in The Northbrook Theatre for staging and basic lighting.

You will also study the music industry, looking at safety and legal aspects.

Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including English and maths. 

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 introductory course.

Entry requirements

Course content

• Studio production

• Sound engineering

• Theatre sound boards

• Live event practice

• The music industry

Why this course at the MET?

• State-of-the-art studios

• Tutors with professional industry experience

• Industry grade hardware and software

• Professionally equipped theatre

Northbrook MET is highly regarded in the music industry as a provider of excellent training.

The MET's music department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting music scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.     

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.    

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the music courses running alongside theatre arts and art & design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

You can progress to university level, either at the MET or at other universities. Northbrook MET degrees include Music Production, Music Business & Management or Music Performance.

Future careers:

  • Live sound engineer
  • Sound technician
  • Event manager
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Arts officer, producer or director

Typical Tasks:

  • Chooses writers, scripts, technical staff and performers, and assumes overall responsibility for completion of project on time and within budget.
  • Directs actors, designers, camera team, sound crew and other production and technical staff to achieve desired effects.
  • Breaks script into scenes and formulates a shooting schedule that will be most economical in terms of time, location and sets.
  • Prepares rehearsal and production schedule for main events, design of sets and costumes, technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals.
  • Ensures necessary equipment, props, performers and technical staff are on set when required.
  • Manages health and safety issues.
  • Selects, contracts, markets and arranges for the presentation and/or distribution of performance, visual and heritage arts.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 4.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,954

AVERAGE £30,986

POTENTIAL £53,898

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator

Typical Tasks:

  • Selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues.
  • Arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones.
  • Inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary.
  • Operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect.
  • Photographs subject or follows action by moving camera.
  • Takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage.
  • Controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems.
  • Checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment.
  • Operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes.
  • Manages health and safety issues.
  • Operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,453

AVERAGE £27,105

POTENTIAL £47,210

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science

TV, video or audio engineer

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines equipment and observes reception to determine nature of defect.
  • Uses electronic testing equipment to diagnose faults and check voltages and resistance.
  • Dismantles equipment and repairs or replaces faulty components or wiring.
  • Re-assembles equipment, tests for correct functioning and makes any necessary further adjustments.
  • Carries out service tasks such as cleaning and insulation testing according to schedule.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.9% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £19,754

AVERAGE £31,220

POTENTIAL £42,959

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Writing
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