Flexible Learning Options, Industry-Professional Instruction, Recognized Qualifications in Music

The Music Business is Your Business

DIME ONLINE offers completely unique, flexible study options for students driven to make their mark in today's music industry.  Students studying on this new and innovative program can study one or more courses, in your own time, at your own pace.

A completed and achieved course in ‘Self-Analysis’ will earn you an RSL Level 4 Certificate for Creative Practitioners.  If you complete and achieve both ‘Self-Analysis’ and ‘Career Development’ you will earn an RSL Level 4 Extended Certificate for Creative Practitioners. You can study one or more courses fully-online, in your own time, at your own pace, earning a qualification as you do so.  By June 2020, you will be able to articulate any credits earned on these awards towards a full RSL Level 4 Extended Diploma for Creative Practitioners, which is equal to the first year of a BA degree.

At DIME ONLINE we provide an innovative and flexible study option, that allows you to develop your own skills in any area that you feel is relevant to your career.  Whether you are in a band, a songwriter, have an artist you want to manage, or teach private lessons, with these academic qualifications, you can have the potential to further your career and increase your income.  You will study and critique your own career and skills and be guided into self-development and personal goal-setting.

Students enrolled will have 24 hour access to course materials via DIME ONLINE's virtual learning environment, Canvas, which means you can study at your own pace.  You will get guidance and feedback from our industry-professional instructors and be able to learn, talk and collaborate with others on the course via the Community Area.

Study one or both of the courses below:

Please note: Students who wish to take just one course must begin with Self-Analysis.


Award: Level 4 Certificate for Creative Practitioners

This course provides you with the opportunity to analyze and evaluate your creative skills in relation to where you see yourself within the music industry. This is where you will really look at yourself, and your skills and start to acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses that will help you develop your future strategy.  Throughout the course, you will undertake a range of feedback opportunities that will enable you to self-analyze your own brand while you develop your specialist skills with cutting-edge instructional content.

This course will help you upskill alongside gaining an understanding of the promotional tools and platforms that can be used to speak to your intended audience. You will acquire the skills you need for a sustainable career as you understand how to build your contacts, reach your fan-base and create an industry buzz.

View the course prospectus.

Career Development

Award: Level 4 Extended Certificate for Creative Practitioners

In order to have a sustainable career within the music industry, it is necessary to not just to possess a broad set of skills, but to be able to develop and improve upon them in such a way as to supersede the performance of others. With this in mind, Career Development builds on the work of Self-Analysis by developing objective awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your working style.

As you continue to develop your specialist skills, such as instrumental technique, compositional skills or music industry awareness, you will be guided in the creation of an action plan that demonstrates an awareness of timescale, achievability and goal setting. Your plan will be a research-based exercise that demonstrates an understanding of how you will develop your skills and brand over a specified period of time, complete with key performance indicators and milestones.

Note: Career Development may only be taken alongside or following successful completion of Self-Analysis for the Extended Certificate to be achieved.

View the course prospectus.

How to Apply

Students interested in taking one or more of the courses offered are encouraged to click the "Apply Now" button and complete our online application. You may be asked to provide additional information or evidence at the point that the application is received.

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Entry Requirements

It is recommended that applicants possess a Level 3 qualification (UK), or its international equivalent. As an example, a UK Level 3 qualification is the comparable to a high school diploma (US). If you do not have this level of qualification, we can discuss the Recognition of Prior Learning process, where you would provide evidence and writing about your prior professional experience and resume.

To discuss a Recognition of Prior Learning, or if you have general questions about the admissions process, please get in touch with our admissions team at info@dime-online.org.

Each 13-Week course is priced at £650. There are 2 payment options:

  1. 1. Pay Up Front and receive 10% Discount (£ 585.00)
  2. 2. Pay in 3 installments – £320, £165, £165

DIME ONLINE offers a 100% Refund within the first 10 days if you’re not satisfied. Additionally, we have scholarships available for students that require financial assistance.

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Flexible Study Options

Designed with the working creative in mind, study your DIME ONLINE course content anytime, anywhere.

Industry Professional Instructors

At DIME ONLINE, we never forget the importance of earning a living from music. You will be taught by creative professionals who have enjoyed sustained success.

Worldwide Network

With peers located in over 20 countries around the world, grow your professional network to international levels.