LEVEL 5

1 Year

BYOD

Diploma in Contemporary Music

The Diploma in Contemporary Music (Level 5) is a one-year, full-time music qualification that develops musicianship and performance skills to an advanced level, preparing students for future careers in performance, education, church leadership, music management and music production. This music course is unique because it is taught within a Christian environment.

Students are given opportunities to experience all aspects of music including assisting in the annual Vision College tour to schools and other performance events, developing and strengthening their musical knowledge in preparation for the following two years of the Bachelor of Music.

All applicants need to be able to play an instrument or sing and will receive one-on-one tuition that will take their skills to a more advanced level. This music course allows students to develop their musical, technical and performance skills as individuals. In addition, they are involved in various ensembles and music teams. Students will complete a Theology paper and enjoy weekly worship times together with other Vision College students and staff.

Unlike other one-year music diplomas, this Vision College diploma satisfies the requirements for the full first year of the Bachelor of Music. Students have the option to complete this diploma on its own, or to continue on to the final two years of the Degree.

Click HERE to download the Application Booklet. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.

Upcoming Intakes

Hamilton
17 Feb 2020

Fees

Domestic Fees
$5940

International Fees *
$18445

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN

CORE PAPERS

  • Fundamentals of Music
    An introduction to the language of music: theory, aural and keyboard skills.
  • History of Popular Music
    Learn about the great artists from the 1950’s to the present and how popular music has developed.
  • Writing Music
    An introduction to songwriting and arranging.
  • Music Production and Technology
    Gain practical knowledge of sound production technique: run a Sound Check, mix Live Sound and make a Live Recording for an event.
  • The Music Industry
    Learn about opportunities and requirements for employment in the music industry.
  • Theology
    An introduction to Theology and theological sources and methods.

INSTRUMENT STREAM

  • Instrument
    Improve your technical and performance skills with weekly, private lessons.
  • Ensemble and Voice Minor
    One semester of voice lessons equips musicians with basic vocal skills for the contemporary music environment; Ensemble (Band) puts you into real life playing situations preparing you with live performances and arranging situations, and developing a repertoire of pieces in a range of contemporary styles.

VOCAL STREAM

  • Voice
    Improve your technical and performance skills with weekly, private lessons.
  • Ensemble and Instrument Minor
    One semester of guitar or keyboard/piano lessons equips singers with basic skills to accompany themselves or others in the contemporary music environment; Ensemble (Band) puts you into real life playing situations preparing you with live performances and arranging situations, and developing a repertoire of pieces in a range of contemporary styles.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL YOU GET

Diploma in Contemporary Music (Level 5)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Domestic Students

  • Be a minimum of 17 years old and have four years secondary education (NCEA Level 2), or be a mature student aged over 20
  • Have received some music training in an instrument or voice
  • Students will be required to produce two referee reports and complete a pre-audition form
  • Be interviewed and auditioned
  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme

International Students

  • International students must be at least 18
  • International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.0, or a recognised equivalent test

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BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE REQUIREMENTS

Our Music programme requires you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this course, anything less than this will not open the programmes required.

Windows 10 Operating System (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC New Zealand wireless network)
Intel Celeron
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

Musician - Kaiwhakatangitangi

Musicians write, arrange, conduct, and perform musical compositions.

Sound Technician - Kaihangarau Oro

Sound technicians record and mix sound for radio, film, television and other media.

Private Teacher/​Tutor - Kaiako Whaiaro

Private teachers/tutors teach a specific skill or subject to individuals or small groups of children or adults.

Frequently Asked Questions

Vision offers a great opportunity to combine your love of music with the desire to use your music for God. Study in a positive learning environment where Christian values are acknowledged and upheld. 

No you don’t. We will teach and review theory skills from the start.

We can look at your results and the information about each paper you have completed and we may be able to award an RPL (Recognition of Prior learning) for you to continue your study in our programme.

Studying for a qualification is a serious commitment, like a full-time job, so any work should be part-time and not interfere with your classes or study.

No, we have a computer lab available for students however you may want to have your own device/laptop so you can work where and when you like.

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