Creative Sound Production CertHE

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Duration: 2 Semesters
5 Modules
5970,00 £ + 25,00 £ Reg. Fee
Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education

Overview

This Higher Education online course is for anyone looking for a successful career in contemporary audio. Learn real-life and cutting-edge sound skills for tomorrow’s workplace.

Our Creative Sound Production course is for people who want to develop their career in sound. This course provides an insight into the rapidly evolving audio landscape, giving you contemporary real-world, cutting-edge industry skills, aimed at preparing you for a career in today’s (& tomorrow’s) global creative industries.

Employers now demand creative skills in areas like audio production, podcasting, creativity, collaboration, communication and storytelling *(LinkedIn research).

This innovative and forward-thinking course is a unique offering – delivered entirely online, by world-class talent, using state-of-the-art e-learning technologies.

See how far your dreams can take you, whether you want to work in a team creating content for social media, podcasts or viral marketing or are an aspiring composer, remixer, DJ, sound designer, or producer – this is exactly the course for you!

Sound and Production Skills: Doing (40 credits) (Semester 1 and 2)
You will develop fundamental skills in audio recording, editing, mixing and production and acquire the foundational practical expertise needed in the field of creative sound. This module will prepare you with comprehensive practical skills, which you will be able to deliver with confidence throughout the entirety of your CertHE qualification and into your future studies or industry work.

Working in the Creative Industries: Employability  (20 credits) (Semester 1)
This module will provide you with knowledge of the formation and development of the global creative industries and the various potential employment strands available within it. You will gain an understanding of the numerous income streams available for creatives and be able to evaluate which of these are most suitable for different career paths. You will also obtain an understanding of the various support organisations available within the fields of creative production.

Sonic Storytelling: Understanding (20 credits) (Semester 1)
You will gain an appreciation and knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the art of sonic storytelling. In applying the skills you have learnt in your ‘Sound and Production Skills’ module, you will apply these to both practical and theoretical sonic storytelling skills, which are vital attributes of a 21st Century creative professional.

Sound and Vision: Understanding (20 credits) (Semester 2)
You will develop knowledge which is focused on the amalgamation of audio and visual media. You will learn new fundamental skills which are utilised in this area, as well as strengthening those taught in your ‘Sound and Production’ and ‘Developing Sound and Production’ modules. You will be able to deliver these skills with confidence throughout your CertHE qualification and into your future studies or industry work.

Creative Collaboration: Employability (20 credits) (Semester 2)
You will develop an understanding of the key attributes of creative collaboration, including problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills. These skills will be developed through knowledge and understanding of online collaborative tools, group project collaboration, working through and resolving conflict scenarios, negotiation techniques and industry focused challenges. Working in conjunction with the knowledge obtained in your ‘Working in Creative Industries’ module, different types of collaborative partnerships will also be discussed.

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Coursework

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Practical

Exam

We are looking for people who can demonstrate their passion for creative industries and an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education program. This will initially be assessed through your personal statement, which should include any previous study or relevant experience in media. Our Admissions Team will look at the merits of each applicant, taking the following evidence into consideration:

  • Personal statement
  • Predicted or previously attained grades
  • Examples of work
  • References
  • Relevant work experience

Applicants may be asked to complete a written exercise and/or attend an interview.

Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set as

  • 96 UCAS points, plus GCSE
  • English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* – C), or suitable Level 2 equivalents.

International applicants will also require an

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 in every category)

Offers can also be made for exceptional applicants who demonstrate their ability through examples of previous work and/or attainment in previous academic study.

Applicants without formal qualifications or who have achieved academic qualifications lower than the typical conditional offer may be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning
and experience, demonstrated through an interview, written exercise and portfolio of work.

  • Students can pay for their course fee directly to GoCreate Academy via our website gca.ac.uk or apply for student finance through the University of West London (UWL) via the Student Loans Company (SLC). For admissions related enquiries please contact the UWL admissions team via email [email protected] or telephone 0208 231 2220.
  • For students not using student finance via SLC for all of our accredited programmes who have any questions please contact [email protected]

In order to undertake study for the CertHE in Creative Sound Production, you will need access to the following:

  • Access to the internet!
  • Desktop or Laptop Computer (Mac OS, Windows 8 upwards or Linux).
  • Preferably Intel i7 processor upwards, minimum 8GM RAM, 50GB of free HardDrive space.
  • Audio Speakers
  • Headphones
  • Optional Audio Interface
  • Broadcast quality Microphone (USB or XLR)

Craig Snider

Craig J. Snider is a Composer, Producer, Remixer, Songwriter & Label Owner. He is best known for his success as a Producer, Arranger and Keyboardist on a string of Remixes & Album productions that have topped Billboard’s dance chart – with a staggering 30 Number One Hits!

Liam O’Brien

Liam O’Brien (M.A.), is an award-winning radio producer, podcaster and documentary maker. His work has been broadcast all over the world, in addition to winning over 70 awards for his creative radio productions. Liam is the head of Irish radio’s (RTÉ) globally- renowned, Documentary on One unit, during his tenure, they have won more than 300 national and international awards across the world. Liam has the unique honour of being the only person to win the Prix Europa three times.

Katherine Ellis

Katherine Ellis had written huge club hits like “When you touch me” & “Tears” with The Freemasons, “Lost” by Roger Sanchez and “Dreaming” by The Ruff Driverz. Katherine has worked with Belinda Carlisle, Chaka Khan and Boy George & is also featured on the BAFTA and OSCAR winning original soundtrack to accompany the feature film “Gravity”.

Emer McParland
Emer McParland is one of the UK’s top vocal teachers and singers. She has worked with artists as diverse as Björk, Jarvis Cocker, Tom Fletcher, Mika and Russell Watson. Emer’s voice can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks such as Tomb Raider, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Harry Potter movies, Aladdin & Avengers Endgame.
Richard Liggins

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Gary Bromham

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Peter Stone
Peter Stone (FLCM) is an award-winning creative producer, sought-after public speaker & presenter – passionate about all things sound. He combines his deep knowledge & passion for creativity in unique ways. Trained as a concert pianist & composer at the LCM & Royal Academy of Music (winning 2 Lloyd Webber awards), Peter became a sound designer (Roland, Novation, Korg, Emagic), producer, composer & performer. Artists include: Madonna, Kenny Roger, Simply Red, Go West, UB40, Boys Own, Status Quo, Lea Sayer, Let Loose, Cliff Richard, Jon Parr & many others. He has written brand and advertising music for Coca~Cola, Samsung, Blossom Hill, Ford, DFS, Clear Blue, Vue, Warner Village Cinema, Quickstep, Motorola, Sainsburys, BT, Cosmo Girl, Wella, Saab, Granada, Pizza Hut, Universal, Easy Jet & many more international brands. He has also written or co-written several top 10 chart hits.

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a qualification that equals the first year of an undergraduate degree.

You can find more details about Certificates of Higher Education here.

Most people will take CertHE after they have completed college or sixth form qualifications like BTECS or A-Levels. Sometimes people will choose to take a gap year before they start, or even spend some time working before they begin.

Students study three modules concurrently per semester. This is a full time distance learning course and during each semester we recommend students study for around 30 hours per week. There are three thirty-minute Masterclasses and three hour-long interactive classes per week, plus various scheduled 1-2-1 Live Tutorials throughout each term.

Certificates of Higher Education are perfect for people who want a recognised qualification from a university, but do not want to yet commit to taking a full undergraduate degree qualification. You don’t have to commit to three years of study when you begin.

A popular option with people who complete a Certificate of Higher Education is to carry on studying for one or two more years to gain an undergraduate degree. Of course, not everyone does this, and it is also common for people to go on to start a career in the area in which they have studied.
We offer the courses at £5970 a year + £25 reg fee. We offer different payment plans for students to help spread out the cost if you don’t want to pay it all up front. Also, if you are in the UK* student finance is there to help out with a loan to cover the cost of this, and the good thing is that you don’t have to start paying it back until you have got a job and are earning enough money to do so. You can learn more about student finance on the University Student Finance page. 

Yes – the CertHE is delivered and assessed completely online. 

You are assessed via course work submissions.
Formative assessment (exercise) is designed to give you performance feedback, designed to help you improve both their grades and learning style.
Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of a module – the specific skills and knowledge that you are expected to demonstrate as a result of taking a GCA module. This will determine the grade you will be awarded.You will be asked to produce work in a wide variety of formats including:

  • Compositions
  • Creative Projects
  • Written work
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Recordings

Throughout your course you will be supported by your Course Leader who will answer enquiries about your course experience and who will ensure you are happy with the service we offer. For your learning pathway you will be in constant contact with your dedicated module leader, a carefully selected and trained professional music (Media for CMP) producer/instructor. You will be able to contact them via the student forum, raise any issues that you may encounter, and receive a timely response. You will also be able to participate in a weekly interactive workshop, where you can raise specific questions related to the module you are currently taking. Students also have access to extensive online resources for academic and technical support in addition to the staff (academic and administrative) who will be able to support you throughout your course.

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