Level 4 Extended Diploma for Creative Practitioners (Music)

The L4 Extended Diploma in Artist Development at Coleg Y Cymoedd is the first programme of its kind in Wales. We are proud to be offering the RSL L4 Extended Diploma for Creative Practitioners which boasts past alumni such as Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora. The main focus of the qualification is to train, nurture and develop the practice of aspiring artists and music creators/producers in the same way that record labels did with the use of development deals in days gone by.

You will be taught be our expert team of tutors who have expert subject knowledge, a complementary set of specialist skills and experience of working within the music industry. You will be learn to identify your market, refine your brand and polish your practical skills throughout the course which will enable you to have the best chance of success working as a creative practitioner in what is a highly competitive industry.

What Will I Learn?

You will study a number areas within the music industry with the intention of building your knowledge of the music marketplace and how to develop your own brand.

You will learn about brand development as well as refining your performance and production skills This process will culminate with a final project where you will present your branded product (Album, EP, beat tape etc.) before evaluating and reflecting upon your experience.

Entry Requirements

Learners taking this qualification are expected to be 18+ and are required to have completed a 3 A Level programme, or an equivalent Level 3 Extended Diploma vocational qualification

In addition, there will be an interview and audition process upon application.


You will be assessed via a combination of written plans, reports and evaluations that measure your theoretical understanding of concepts, specialist subject content and your ability to self-reflect, in addition to competency-based practical assessments which culminate in the completion of a final major project.

Career Progression

This course will enable you to progress on to higher level courses at University, improve your chances of obtaining regional funding opportunities and increase the likelihood of a successful freelance career as an artist, songwriter, producer, composer or other creative practitioner in the future.

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Course Details
Level:Level 4
Mode:Full Time
Start Date:02/09/2024
Course Code:9AF402NA
FT Registration Fee: £15
Studio Fee: £40

Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.

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