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Diploma in Contemporary Music (Level 5) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5
Dates:

To be advised

Duration:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

The aim of the qualification is to provide those wishing to work in the music industry with a foundation of basic skills and knowledge required for entry level employment or/and provide a base for further education.

Students must complete all of the following:    

BCM501 Music Theory and Aural 1

BCM502 Music Technology 1

BCM503 Contemporary Composition Studies 1

BCM504 Practical Studies 1

BCM505 Practical Studies 2

CON501 Contextual Studies 1

MAI501 Music and Audio Industry Studies

To be advised

Graduates will be equipped with theoretical and practical skills to perform as professional musicians or progress to higher level study in music.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply music theory to read and write music to an advanced level
  • Apply composition, arranging and/or lyric writing techniques to create a variety of music
  • Perform music competently and creatively to engage an audience
  • Apply technical ability and artistic proficiency on a musical instrument(s)
  • Create music and sound recordings for critique using a range of recording, editing and mixing techniques
  • Research and analyse a range of influences to inform own practice
  • Manage and take responsibility for own professional practice
  • Analyse characteristics of the music industry to develop own career plan

 

School Leavers

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3. Three subjects at Level 3, made up of:

  • 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Mature Applicants
Be at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience.

All applicants may have to submit a portfolio of work including transcripts, examples of written work and studio practice in an applicable discipline as directed by the Programme Manager, prior to attending an interview.

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry.

Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Language Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5)

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognized English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years: 

Certificate or Diploma at Level 5

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162.  No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET at Grade C or 200  in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current: a) Level 4 (General) or (Workplace), b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE ISE11 with no less than merit in any band

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  • Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements, or
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America, or
  • Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or passed one of the English language tests listed above or have achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognized English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years

To satisfactorily complete the Diploma in Contemporary Music (Level 5) leading to the New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the Diploma in Contemporary Music (Level 5) leading to the New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the Diploma in Contemporary Music (Level 5) leading to the New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5)  full-time over one year or part-time over two years

Please Note: Students failing to attend for 80% of the timetabled programme hours may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

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