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Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 13 November

Duration:

One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

The overall aim of the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music is to equip graduates, who may have majored in a different discipline, with the skills and knowledge that fulfil the expectations of the contemporary music industry, its practitioners and clients.

Graduate Diploma students will acquire critical thinking and independent learning skills, along with in depth knowledge in contemporary music and will enhance their professional skills in this selected area or staircase to postgraduate study.

Students must choose a minimum of 120 credits from the following schedule of Level 6 and 7 papers. At least 75 of the 120 credits must be at Level 7. The remaining credits may be chosen from Level 6 or 7, with a maximum of 45 credits at Level 6.

Level 6 Electives

BCM601 Music Theory and Analysis (15 credits)

This paper aims to further develop students’ understanding and applications of music theory and analysis. This paper builds on level 5 with advancing concepts in music theory in order to evaluate and apply them to read and write music to a complex level. The advancing concepts of music theory will be supported by analysis and practical application of musicological elements.

 

BCM603 Contemporary Composition Studies 2 (15 credits)

This paper aims to develop students’ composition and arranging skills by examining a variety of creative processes and concepts, including composing music for visual media.  Students will present their arrangements and compositions using industry standard recording, production and notation software. The creative processes will be documented and examined.

 

BCM604 Practical Studies 3 (30 credits)

This paper aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in particular genres as contemporary musicians within their chosen instrumental major (including voice).  There will be consolidation of the knowledge and techniques introduced in Practical Studies 1 and 2 in performance, technical extension, theory applications and musicianship skills applicable to the chosen instrumental major. Students will learn to write musical scores for their instrumental major and work on developing musical professionalism through group work and performances.

 

BCM605 Practical Studies 4 (30 credits)

This paper aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in particular genres as contemporary musicians within their chosen instrumental major (including voice).  There will be consolidation of the knowledge and techniques introduced in Practical Studies 1, 2, and 3 in performance, technical extension, theory applications and musicianship skills applicable to the chosen instrumental major. Students will further develop their ability to write musical scores for their instrumental major and work on further developing musical professionalism through group work and performances.

 

CON601 Contextual Studies 2 (15 credits)

This paper aims to prepare students for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory and scholarship. Students will learn critical, analytical, and reflective approaches to assess current knowledge, and will be introduced to various research methodologies with a focus on research in the creative arts.

 

BCM602 Songwriting (15 credits)

This paper aims to develop students’ songwriting skills by examining a variety of creative processes and concepts.  Students will present their songs using industry standard recording, production and notation software. The creative processes will be documented and examined.

 

BCM606 Music Education Studies 1 (15 credits)

This paper aims to introduce students to music education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It will examine the skills and techniques related to different ages and contexts of teaching practice.  Students will have the opportunity to observe and reflect upon music teaching in a variety of contexts, as well as plan and execute a lesson designed for a particular context. It will also examine the history of music education in New Zealand and current perspectives, as well as exploring other aspects relating to music education, such as multicultural music education and music therapy. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop a business plan for a small business that is related to music teaching.

 

CIB601 Creative Industries Business and Legal (15 credits)

Small business management is essential for anyone intending to, or finding themselves, running their own enterprise within the creative industry sectors such as music, sound engineering and audio production, post production and other related creative industries. Students therefore will learn to manage their own professional business practice, professional development and industry knowledge to develop employment opportunities. They will research and analyse material and contexts for application to a creative industry business.

 

Level 7 Electives

BCM720 Music in Contemporary Culture (15 credits)
Provides students with critical thinking skills and research techniques. The paper is built around five special topics; each will explore different issues that are part of contemporary culture. The emphasis will be on popular music’s role in society and developing appropriate research methodology and analytical skills.

BCM730 Contemporary Music Theory 3 (15 credits)
Develops to a higher level the theory concepts presented in BCM230, Contemporary Music Theory II, and in a variety of musical contexts related to contemporary music. It will continue the development of students' abilities to apply these concepts through the writing of a music analysis essay. Aural skills will be developed to an advanced level. Assessment will involve both written and practical components.

BCM760 Project (30 credits)
Students learn to research a topic correctly, collecting, assessing, and reporting the results in an appropriate academic manner.

BCM750 Practical Studies 5 (30 credits)
Students take responsibility for a personal presentation based around their specialisation towards a high-standard music performance showcasing diversity.

BCM751 Practical Studies 6 (30 credits)
Students participate in a group tour to selected venues in the South Island of New Zealand.

BCM754 Singer Songwriter Studies 3 (30 credits)
Students will integrate knowledge and skills developed in the previous year through the creation of a thirty minute album of new songs.

BCM755 Singer Songwriter Studies 4 (30 credits)
Students participate in a tour to selected venues in the South Island performing and showcasing new songs developed throughout the year.

BCM770 Music Education Studies 3 (30 credits)
Critically examines philosophical, historical, and social issues relating to music and music education. The paper will examine specific pedagogies in music education, such as Orff, Suzuki, Dolmetsch, Bartok and Kodály. A further element of this paper will be reflection on the student’s own experiences of music education and evaluation and examination of a current music education practitioner.

BCM771 Music Education Studies 4 (30 credits)
This paper will develop advanced teaching skills for the teaching of music in specific contexts. It will develop the skills and techniques related to different ages and contexts of teaching practice. Students will have the opportunity to plan and execute a series of lessons designed for particular contexts and to reflect upon their teaching practice. 

BAP755 Specialist Audio (30 credits)
Provides students with the opportunity to specialise in a field of audio that may not be directly related to audio production.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2020 Direct material costs of just $1678 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Students will be equipped with skills to embark on a career as a performer, songwriter, composer for film, television, and theatre, and music arranger. Students will also have the necessary skills for a career as a music educator or music writer, and also pursue further study in music therapy, music education, and music research.

This programme leads students towards employment in the entertainment industry, as well as on to postgraduate study in related fields.

Students will be equipped with skills to embark on a career as a performer, songwriter, composer for film, television, and theatre, and music arranger. Students will also have the necessary skills for a career as a music educator or music writer, and also pursue further study in music therapy, music education, and music research

Entry is open to degree graduates, however those who are able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind, may be granted admission.

In addition, all applicants must gain approval from the Programme Manager regarding paper selection, and any applicable pre requisite requirements. Where the requisite knowledge or skill does not exist to allow direct entry into a Level 6 or 7 paper, some Level 5 study may be required in addition to the credit requirements.

Additional Criteria
The following requirements apply to applicants in all admissions categories.

All applicants are required to attend a live audition, or to provide a high quality CD or provide links to an audition performance on a shared platform such as Youtube or Dropbox. Once an application is received, applicants will be sent details regarding audition material.

 

Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation.

English 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 achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music, the student will have been credited with papers and electives from the schedule of papers (120 credits).

The student completing the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music will normally be expected to complete the one-year programme (full-time equivalent) within four years.

Notwithstanding above, the Head of Faculty, with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

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