Music and Media Business and Social Enterprise Skills
Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.
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Many young people have a keen interest in music in a range of areas, including events organisation, singing, rap, recording skills and live performance. A great deal of young people use these interests as hopes and dreams to aspire towards managing and developing their own careers, for example becoming a professional mc, a professional singer, a club or mobile events DJ, a night club events organiser or a community and charity events organiser. These are ambitious and inspirational career choices that represent genuine and achievable employment or self-employment prospects.
However, while young people can often have vast potential in their preferred career route, for example MC-ing, DJ-ing or singing, they can often lack the business savvy and entrepreneurial skills to manage, finance or promote themselves in the competitive industry in which they may find themselves. This course aims to supplement students’ existing skills with a programme of entrepreneurial and business start-up skills tailored to their specific musical interest. It is designed to spring-board them towards a prosperous career through providing a combination of practical experiences and theoretical lessons by initiating their first steps in business that will aim to generate enough momentum to keep their business ideas buoyant long into the future.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in music media business and social enterprise skills. It will offer advice and guidance in how to conduct sales phone calls, financial forecasts (construct a budget, profit and loss account and cashflow forecast), and how to manage a business project and develop a business plan.
Learning and Teaching
The course will consist of:
- A series of Introductory teaching workshops.
- A group visit to a recording studio (or a similar place of interest).
- A final project invloving the write up of a business plan.
Teaching workshops will invlove open discussion, internet and MS Excel / Word, practical examples including profits and loss, budgeting, cash flow forecasts, SWOT analyis, PEST analysis.
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely shure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
There will be no formal examinations but there will be various pieces of assessment including:
- Demonstration of knowledge and independant thinking in discussions during introductory teaching workshops;
- Assessment of sales phone calls exercise;
- Assessment of portfolio/ business plan.
Your work will be assessed by your tutor, who will offer you written feedback which we hope you will find consturctive. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are flexible and are designed to increase your confidence and skills.
The tutor will recommend books, articles and web sources.
Library and computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University Library and computing facilites. You can find out more about these facilities on our website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under student Information, or by ringing the Centre in (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access to all. We aim to provide confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disabilty, pre- enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the centre on (029) 87 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of futher information can be found on our web site http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explantion of accreditation and credit levels.