FAQs

How do I apply?

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button here to submit your application.

How does studying online work?

At DIME Online, we use a virtual learning environment (VLE), also known as a learning management system (LMS).  This VLE is optimised to allow you to have 24-7 access to your weekly lessons.  Lessons will contain text, audio and video files.  You will also receive 1-2-1 guidance from our world-class tutors.  You are able to upload all your assignments to a private space between you and your tutor.  Plus, you will be able to share messages, audio files and videos with other students studying with DIME Online, who are based around the world.  This Community Area will enhance your networking and creative opportunities.

When can I start?

You can start as soon as you have completed the application and you have been accepted onto the course.   There is no need to wait for orientation or the beginning of a semester.  We are committed to offering the most flexible learning programs possible –you do not have to wait weeks or months for the next cohort.

What is RSL? 

You will be a DIME Online student and also registered with Rockschool Ltd (RSL) to gain your recognised academic credit.

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 qualifications are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations (Ofqual) and in Wales and Scotland by the Scottish Qualifications Authority

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.

Are these courses Higher Education courses?

Yes. Our RSL Level 4 and 5 Extended Diplomas in Creative Industries gain academic credit like any other higher education program and are equivalent to years one and two of a three-year BA(Hons) degree, respectively.

How many academic credits will I gain?

Our Level 4 and Level 5 Extended Diplomas are equal to the first and second years of a BA(Hons) degree. Each level comprises six individual courses worth 20 credits each. Therefore, completion of all 12 courses gains 240 UK credits, equivalent to the first two years of a BA(Hons).

N.B. credit equivalencies vary from country to country, so if you are outside the UK, please contact us at info@dime-online.org for advice.

As a performer, will I be learning my instrument?

Absolutely. Our programs maintain a strong focus on practical skills.  As guitarists, drummers, bass players, vocalists and songwriters, you will study and develop your technical skills throughout your studies, and in particular during the classes listed below:

  • Music Industry Skills: techniques and improvisation
  • Artist Analysis: studying iconic players and replicating their style and sound
  • Industry Project: staging a performance (e.g. livestream / live performance etc.)
  • Creative Commissions in Music: learning various session styles
  • Advanced Music Industry Skills: advanced techniques and improvisation
  • Collaborative Music Project: co-writing / co-performing etc.
  • Industry Showcase: advance performance project (e.g. livestream / live performance etc.)
  • Industry Skills in Context: professional portfolio (e.g. composition, arranging etc.)

As a music producers and/ or a music entrepreneur will also use the these courses to focus on your specialist skills, via the course content, tasks and assessments.

All the programs, courses and classes are focused on students gaining practical skills.

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

Yes, everyone involved with DIME ONLINE is an experienced music industry professional.  During you studies, we will discuss how to make a living and get paid for playing and working as well as exploring the 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.

Can I gain a full BA(Hons) at DIME ONLINE?

Currently, we offer courses up to Level 5 Extended Diploma, equivalent to two thirds of a BA(Hons). However, many institutions allow you to transfer credit via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process to ‘top up’ your credits with a Level 6, thus gaining a full BA(Hons) degree.

We are planning to offer a Level 6 top-up award in the near future so learners may gain a full BA(Hons) degree entirely with DIME ONLINE.

How will I be supported during my studies?

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 a week 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. We 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 at once?

Each academic level comprises six individual courses and we recommend taking up to three courses at a time, depending on your schedule and how quickly you intend to gain your award. So, at a rate of three courses per term, you could gain a Level 5 Extended Diploma in just four semesters.

Do I need to complete all Level 4 and 5 courses to gain an award?

No. We are committed to maximum flexibility, meaning that you can gain higher education awards by increments. The table below shows how each subsidiary award can be achieved:

How much is each course?

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

Our Level 4 and 5 courses typically cost less than half that of traditional campus University fees, per level. See the following tables for costs per individual course in both GBP and USD:

See more on the 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.

NB: payment per individual course in full qualifies for a £100 or $120 discount.

Do you offer scholarships?

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 pay? 

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?

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, 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 unless there are exceptional circumstances and you have permission from staff to use an electronic kit. You should also own an assortment of sticks, brushes and rods.

What are your 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.

 

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.