FAQs

How does it work?

You will learn using Canvas, an advanced interactive virtual learning environment, coupled with one-to-one guidance from our world-class tutors. You will have 24-7 online access to your weekly lessons and upload assignments to a personal online space. With its many intuitive and interactive features, Canvas provides the platform for the DIME ONLINE community and learning environment. Our Creative Industries awards are awarded by RSL.

What is RSL? 

RSL was founded on an ethos to provide innovative, contemporary qualifications for music and the arts. Being at the forefront of the industry for over 25 years, their operations include Rockschool Graded Music Exams, Professional Diplomas, Vocational Qualifications (VQ’s) and Performance Arts Awards (PAA).

RSL prides itself on delivering the most academically rigorous, industry-relevant qualifications designed to support aspiring artists, educators and teaching establishments wherever they may be.

Learn more at rslawards.com.

I’m not from the UK. What are the credit equivalencies for my country?

Our Level 4 and Level 5 Extended Diplomas are equal to the first and second years of a BA(Hons) degree. If you would like to know about credit equivalencies for a country outside of the UK, please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help. Send us an email at info@dime-online.org.

Can these qualifications help me plan my own career as a musician?

Yes, everyone involved in the delivery of DIME ONLINE courses is a professional working musician. We will discuss how we make a living and get paid for playing and working as well as exploring the latest technology and available income streams available to a professional in the music industry. We are a community of music professionals who do not compromise musical standards for commercial success. Music comes first.

Who will be teaching me?

All our courses have been developed and written by working music professionals. Moreover, the team has balanced parallel careers in music education and in the music industry for over 20 years. Check out the tutor section to learn more about who has developed your course.

How will I get support?

At any time, you will be able to email your tutor, student support or any team member, for any reason. The DIME ONLINE team is here to support you and ensure you are getting the most from your course. We communicate through email, phone, Skype or the Canvas messaging system.

How many hours do I need to dedicate to my studies?

It is recommended that you allow 15-20 hours of study time per week for each course that you are enrolled in. Although there are certain key deadlines which all students must meet for assessment submission, your study time can be flexible, week-to-week. The DIME ONLINE team are happy to talk through any concerns on time dedication during the application process to make sure you will be able to meet the requirements.

How many courses can I take?

You can take as many courses as you like. However, we recommend taking up to three courses at a time, depending on your schedule and how quickly you intend to gain your award.

When can I start?

In the spirit of flexible learning, DIME ONLINE offers four entry points each year- January, April, June and September. For all important start dates, please visit our Term Dates page.

How much is it and is there any help with the cost?

DIME ONLINE is committed to the highest academic standards, but also affordable education.

For Creative Industries, you can view cost information at in the “Cost” dropdown near the bottom of our Creative Industries page. For Short Courses, you can view the cost by clicking the “Sign Up” button at the top of our Short Courses page.

DIME ONLINE offers a limited number of scholarships for our Creative Industries program. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, download the scholarship application here. 

How do I make payments for the Creative Industries courses? 

DIME ONLINE offers payment options for our Creative Industries courses in both USD and GBP. You will be offered the opportunity to set up payment at the point of application, and also at the point that you are sent an offer from DIME ONLINE.

Click here to set up payments in GBP
Click here to set up payments in USD

For Short Courses, you can pay the one-time fee by clicking the “Sign Up” link at the top of our Short Courses page.

If you have questions about payments to DIME ONLINE, including questions about the exchange rate for your country, please contact us at finance@dime-online.org and we’d be happy to assist you.

What equipment do I need to do my course?

You will need your own computer – Mac or PC, with internet access. Your computer should have a built-in camera, so filming yourself playing using the internal mic is acceptable, although you may achieve better results using an audio interface and an external camera. Other software should include: Microsoft Office, Pages or equivalent, GarageBand, Logic Pro or equivalent recording software.

If you are a drummer on a course, you should own an acoustic drum kit in good working order and a practice pad. Electronic drum kits will be acceptable for some elements of the course work, but all summative assessments should take place on acoustic drums. You should also own an assortment of sticks, brushes and rods.

What if English isn’t my first language?

As our courses are taught and delivered in English, all written work (or coursework involving speaking) will need to be submitted in English. Although there’s no official requirement to hold a current English proficiency qualification such as IELTS or ToEFL, we will need to be satisfied that your English language skills are sufficient for you to succeed on your course. This may require you to undertake additional written tasks at our discretion during the application stage.