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Dear all I have a BTEC National Diploma In Performing Arts (Technical) I was just wondering if there is anyway or progressing towards a degree from this like going for a HND or something... I would have to do this through distance learning because of work. I guess this will make it hard

sam

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If he's got a National Diploma, why would he want another National Certificate? - and he probably wouldn't get funded anyway. A degree or HND does seem the next step up. Probably worth noting that HND isn't dead. Lots of people assumed Foundation Degrees would mean it would fade away, but it's going to be revamped and brought up to date as many people running it like it, and want to carry on delivering it.
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Hi,

 

I have a BTEC National in Performing Arts. I have now progressed onto a degree at Derby University. It's a very good degree, however you will probably have to do the technology foundation year first. I did it last year, it's well worth it.

 

http://www.derby.ac.uk/sound-light-and-liv...mp;courseQuery=

 

EDIT - Re-wrote part of the post

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Hi Sam;

Before taking the plunge, both time-wise and financially, ask yourself what you hope to gain from doing a degree/HND. If it's for personal satisfaction then great, go for it but be sure it is the right degree for you.

Your profile/website tell me that you are 23, hold a ND and work professionally in this country and abroad on Live PA's, which would be the ambition of a lot of people on the forum.

Courses such as the Deep Blue mentioned above are studio based. The Derby course quoted is Sound/Light/Live and there are a multiplicity of degree courses with all sorts of approaches. The wider industry itself runs courses which could be of more use to you in the field you are in at present and manufacturers frequently run free training on their equipment, often not available to students.

A couple of major PA companies run their own training because they have been disappointed in the standard of graduate applying for work! Check out the websites. Total Fabs rigging courses and many others could be more beneficial, search this forum for training courses.....96,300 topics!!!

Good luck with whichever way you choose CPD, but do the research first.

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well ive held off till I got a reply I thought was worth replying to thank you kelly for your comments. My resoning for asking the question is because I am missing some bits of knowledge mainly to do with Theory to do with sound. I can do the job and can wire a system up and make it sound lovely in most venues but I'd like to know more of how it works I kno the basics but would like to know more. Reading over what you have said I dont think getting a degree would benefit me.

Thank you everyone for your replys

sam

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Have a look at Sound Technology at LIPA. It's a full time course but I think it would be wrong to say that you couldn't benefit from specialised further education, especially if you have doubts about gaps in your knowledge. It might be worth investigating how much longer you will have to hold off for mature student finance grants.
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Sam - One complaint received from my ex-students who went to uni was that the actual amount of time that they received what they viewed as teaching, was very limited - perhaps for some, just a few hours a week. Their remaining time was work that they generated themselves. In most university programmes students are just put into a learning environment where access to what they need is easier to get.

 

If you are already doing the job, and just want to fill in your missing gaps - do it yourself! You're old enough to know how to do it, with the internet, you have access to sources - and I don't just mean direct data (as much internet data is very unreliable, as the source may be a 14 year old in his bedroom!) - I mean access to the real information perhaps in online format, or via real books. There are some really good proper books out there, that need to be read, then re-read many times for some of the data to sink in.

 

Your experience counts for a great deal - so you will know what to look for, and what data is good and what is not. You don't need to go to university to fill in your blanks. If you don't actually need the piece of paper (which to be honest, seems to be the quest nowadays) then learning on your own is what many of us did for years! It's perfectly possible, just needs determination, that's all. Giving up a paid job for three years is going to be expensive, and possible very annoying, when you see what you get for the fees!

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