Will my qualification be university accredited? And is it an internationally recognised qualification?
Yes. Your BA (Hons) Degree is offered in partnership with Falmouth University, a specialist creative multi-arts institution with a heritage spanning more than 100 years. Falmouth University has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.
How does it work?
You will learn using the most technically advanced interactive Virtual Learning Environment in music education, coupled with one-to-one guidance from our world class tutors. The technology has been developed in collaboration with Falmouth University, a leader in innovative higher education. You will have online access to Your Studio where you will follow weekly lessons and activities and upload to your personal online space. Your Studio is the window into degree life, community and learning.
Who will be teaching me?
All the courses have been developed and written by working music professionals. The team has had 17 years experience in music education and many more in the music industry. Check out the tutor section and see who has developed your course.
Will I be able to get support online?
At anytime 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 Virtual Learning Environment messaging system.
Can I study part-time?
Our courses are offered in full-time accelerated mode, which enables you to complete your degree in two years. We also offer a part-time version for students who have work, family, and/or other commitments, which enables you to study at a less intensive pace over four years.
How many hours do I need to dedicate to my studies?
It is recommended that you allow 35-40 hours of study time per week for the full-time accelerated mode or 18-20 hours per week for the part-time mode. Although there are certain key deadlines which all students must meet for assessment submission- overall the 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 3 entry points per year- January, May and September. For all the important trimester start dates and application deadline dates go to the Term Dates page.
How will I be supported?
Your Head of Department will be in regular contact with you, as well as the Head of Education. Both will provide one-to-one guidance throughout the course through email, phone, Skype or the Virtual Learning Environment messaging system.
Can this qualification help me plan my own career as a musician?
Yes, everyone involved in the delivery of this programme 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 musicians and music professionals who do not compromise musical standards for commercial success. Music comes first.
How much is it and is there any help with the cost?
DIME ONLINE is committed to the highest academic standards, but also affordable Higher Education. All courses are eligible for student loans. We will help you though the application process.
Studying online with DIME ONLINE = affordable fees with high one-to-one student care.
Visit our fees and finance page to learn more about the cost, scholarships and student finance opportunities.
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. Filming is an essential part of the course. Other software should include: Microsoft Office, Pages or equivalent, Garageband, Logic Pro or equivalent recording software.
If you are on the JTC guitar course, one electric and one acoustic guitar is preferable. You will also require a valve amp, guitar cables and plectrums – and always have a spare set of strings!
If you are on the drum 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.