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The times they are a-changing in media and music

Music students performing Bedford College
The massive changes being inflicted on creative industries by Covid, and ensuing financial cutbacks, means that it’s vital for young people understand how they can make a living in media and music.

There is no doubt that having the latest technological skills, and understanding the fast-paced changes in how media and music is accessed by audiences, is going to be vital.

The South Bank Arts Centre, at the riverside Bedford College campus has a long-standing reputation of links with those actually working in the media and music industry. Keeping in touch with how that is changing in the coming few years will give students a huge advantage.

New from September is a top up degree taking those who have a Level 5/HND in Media Production or Music Technology to a full BA (Hons) in just one year. The course can be paid for in instalments and the schedule allows students to keep on work and family commitments.

Sean Doyle, HE Performing Arts Course Manager, said:

We’re very excited about this progression course and delighted to be working with the University of Bedfordshire in delivering, close to home in Bedford, a degree which will set students on the right path to a future in media and music.

Sean and team have seen a wide range of former media and music students go on to produce their own movies, complete with film premieres or online launches, and forge careers in the studios or via the internet, in the music business.

Music student performing Bedford College

The Media Production course covers sound, image and interaction, research and how the industry is developing, a special project and working with contemporary practices. Visiting speakers from the industry, or online sessions with them, will help to inspire students.

The Music Technology course can lead to careers which will still exist post Covid such as broadcasting sound technician, instrument technician, sound engineer, or music producer. It covers composing, recording and mixing.

“Despite all the doom and gloom about theatres and venues closing, the upside is there are fantastic opportunities for people to create their own sounds and reach out to audiences direct,” added Sean.

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