There are so many benefits to studying a music production qualification. And whilst it might lead to a desk job (a creative one at that!), the transferrable skills acquired with your qualification will open an abundance of diverse career opportunities.

Whether you want to work in recording studios, production houses, in broadcasting or at venues and festivals, studying a music production vocational qualification will develop your technical knowledge and give you hands-on experience in the field.

Collaboration and communication skills are essential for a successful Creative Industries career. Working across teams, deciphering briefs and liaising with “talent” will be required on a daily basis, strengths which you can build when studying your music production qualification.

What careers can a music production qualification lead to?

  • Music Producer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Radio Broadcast Engineer
  • Music Editor
  • Remixer
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Technologist
  • DJ
  • Composer
  • Jingle Writer
  • Production Music Writer
  • Foley Artist
  • Music Production Teacher

If you’re a teacher, head of department, curriculum manager or principal, and are looking for a flexible and industry relevant music production qualification to deliver at your centre, RSL Awards have the perfect qualification suite at Levels 1-3 for you.

RSL’s suite of Creative Music Industry Vocational Qualifications have been designed to give students the professional knowledge needed to continue into higher education or gain employment in the music industry directly.

With the Production pathway, you’ll be able to build the most industry relevant qualification on the market. We are constantly developing new units for each pathway to reflect industry developments and the optional skill units allow a taster of various subject areas preparing learners for their portfolio careers.

Download the Creative Music Industry Syllabus

Audio Video Engineer - CMI Unit Example

Select Creative Music Industry Production Pathway Unit Examples

Please download the syllabus specification for the full range of core and optional units.

Unit example: Digital Recording and Production

This unit has aims to develop learners’ skills in effectively planning the recording process and recording instruments and voices, and to develop skills to edit audio samples for future use. The purpose of this unit is to enable learners to record and use source material (instrumentation) as sample patches for future projects. The unit also focuses on the ability to plan and manage the recording process.

Unit example: Music Sequencing and Production

The purpose of this unit is to enhance a learner’s ability to utilise the advanced functions of a sequencing package and put them into practice. Computers are paramount in the production of contemporary music and the invention of the sequencer has enabled us to create and record music through a piece of software. The sequencer is used in numerous applications, including recording in a studio, sequencing a dance track or audio production for the visual image. It is important not only for producers but also for musicians to gain an understanding of how sequencing works. Through the skills provided by this unit, individuals will be able to use the key concepts within the area of sequencing and apply them to their own practice.

Unit Example: Studio Sound Mixing

The purpose of this unit is to create two different mixes, which are convincing examples of a style as compared to professional recordings in the same style. Mixing is an area of employment within production. An understanding of the subject is also necessary for individuals involved within the production of media (containing audio). In post-production sound, mixing is essential in conveying the message of music, film and gaming; a bad mix can constrict the potential of a good song, film or game.

Unit Example: Using Equalisation

Equalisation is one of the most used tools within music production. It is implemented in all production settings from live concerts and broadcasts to recording studios and audio production for the visual image. An understanding of the theory and implementation of equalisation will aid individuals in their ability to function within the area of production. It is also beneficial for musicians when setting up their instruments or defining the tone of an amplifier.

Unit Example: Digital Synthesis

An informed knowledge of a variety of digital synthesis techniques, coupled with the ability to select the appropriate one for a given sound design scenario, gives artists the ability to craft specific sounds ‘to order’, allowing them to compose using their ‘mind’s ear’ and reducing the need for trial and error. Having this ability can open up job possibilities in composing for media, sound design and studio production.

Creative Music Industry in the Spotlight

In this video, we show how RSL's flexible Vocational Qualifications allow New College Swindon's students achieve their own personal goals or ambitions, whether that's higher education or going straight into the creative industries. We also delve into the wider support RSL offers all delivery centres and the guidance provided by our EQAs (External Quality Assurers).

New College Swindon are committed to providing students with the best teaching and learning, facilities, enrichment, development opportunities and guidance support. The team have tailored their Level 2 & 3 Music Production courses to maximise their students’ future transferrable skills, with sequencing, recording, mixing and composition at the core of what they do.

Switching to VQ

Moving over to RSL Awards Vocational Qualifications is easy and can be completed in three simple steps...

1. Submit a preliminary application form.
2. Prepare your full centre approval application for submission.
3. Approval complete!

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