How does it work?
You will learn using Canvas, a highly-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. Students that successfully complete courses on our Creative Practitioners program will be 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).
They pride themselves 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.
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 the 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 10-15 hours of study time per week for each course (or individual class) 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.
When can I start?
In the spirit of flexible learning, DIME ONLINE offer three entry points each year- January, 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.
Please visit our Courses page to see the cost of your course of study. There are also a limited number of scholarships available and can be applied as directed on the course pages.
Studying online with DIME ONLINE = affordable fees with high one-to-one student care.
What gear/equipment do I need to do this 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.