A Working Partnership between Industry and Education
UNIVERSITY OF WALES ACHIEVES JAMES ACCREDITATION ON FOUR COURSES JAMES is extremely pleased to confirm that the University of Wales has recently received accreditation on four courses - BSc (Hons) Music Technology, BSc (Hons) Sound Technology, MSc Music Engineering and Production and the BA (Hons) Popular Music.
Dr Paul Carr, Head of Music and Sound at the University said, “It is great that our three music courses have been re-accredited by JAMES and that our BA Popular Music course has received accreditation for the first time. This accreditation is all important for students looking for courses of the best standard and which will give them the skills they need for their future careers.”
Phil Harding JAMES Chairman added, “We are delighted to have increased the JAMES accredited courses at University of South Wales (formerly Glamorgan University) from two to four. We've had an excellent working relationship with the staff and students at the University's Atrium centre, where we consider the studio facilities top class and to current industry standard. We are also looking forward to running the JAMES / Gus Dudgeon Foundation summer course, in the fabulous Gus Dudgeon Suite, for the third year in succession."
LAUNCH DATE CONFIRMED FOR JAMES APPROVED NVQ SOUND ENGINEERING AND RECORDING STUDIO APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK New apprenticeships and qualifications for sound engineering and music technology will come into force in September 2013 thanks to a collaborative effort involving the Music Producers Guild, Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), Creative & Cultural Skills and City & Guilds.
In recent months all four organisations have worked together to develop this initiative, which will be officially launched on July 17, 2013 - venue yet to be confirmed. Among those attending will be Government Minister Ed Vaisey; Anna Byers, head of National Apprenticeships and Catherine Large, from Creative & Cultural Skills. There will also be representatives from a number of music industry organisations including MPG, JAMES, BASCA, UK Music, the Musicians Union, APRS, MMF, Access To Music, Rock School Club and the Production Services Association.
Producers Mark Rose and Tony Platt, who led the development team and represented the views of the MPG, say they are delighted that this joint initiative has set a baseline standard of practice that will align studio apprenticeships with industry skills standards.
“The main aim of the studio apprenticeships is to give young people new entry opportunities to the UK recording sector by providing them with the key skills that employers’ require,” Mark Rose says. “We also hope the scheme will encourage employers to take on individuals by offering a mix of employment and educational training via industry approved centres."
UCLAN TAKE FIRST ACCREDITATION IN 2013! Confirmed in January 2013, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is the latest University to be awarded JAMES Accreditation - for their BA (Hons) Music Production course.
Course Leader Paul Greene commented, "We are delighted to have gained accreditation by the JAMES organisation for the BA (Hons) Music Production course. The accreditation process was very supportive and the communication from the JAMES team was clear and very helpful, as were their comments and observations in their final report.
The report included positive comments on the ‘tremendous creative freedom’ offered to our students within the course structure and the means by which we have developed the curriculum whilst maintaining its relevance to a fast changing industry. The panel also commented favourably on the fact that the students feel they are ‘stakeholders’ in the course rather than ‘customers’ and that the collaborative and networking opportunities available in the environment of the Media Factory are numerous and exciting.
Our current and future students can be assured that studying on our industry accredited course will enhance their opportunities on graduation, and furthermore we are confident that through this association with JAMES the Music Production course at Uclan can continue to be successful and relevant in the higher education sector."
Other recent Accreditations are BA (Hons) Music Technology at Swansea Metropolitan University and BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering at Perth College UHI.
DBS MUSIC EXPANDS INTO GERMANY! JAMES Regional Centre dBs Music recently held a unique networking event to encourage collaborations and new ideas within the music industry at the British Embassy, Berlin. Called simply “Dreaming New Futures” the event was a chance for production professionals from the British and German Music Industries to collaborate on reconsidering the future of their industry and their own part in that.
The event paves the way to the opening of dBs Music's brand new music production training and education centre in Berlin in January 2013. The centre will be based at the extraordinary Funkhaus facilities in Nalepastrasse. This joins their existing two centres in Plymouth and Cornwall and their new Bristol based centre which opens in September.
GUS DUDGEON FOUNDATION AND JAMES CONFIRM 2012 SUMMER COURSE The Gus Dudgeon Foundation and JAMES have confirmed that their Post Graduate Summer Course will take place on 15th to 21st July at the Gus Dudgeon MCI Studio Suite based at The Atrium Campus of Glamorgan University in Cardiff.
Tutored by music producer Phil Harding, the course will take 9 top-graduating students from JAMES accredited music technology and production courses for a week’s experience recording on both analogue and digital systems.
ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY TAKES ACCREDITATION IN TWO AUDIO COURSES Anglia Ruskin University in the East of England have recently received JAMES HE Accreditation in BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology and BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering.
Technology Programme Leader John Ward said, "We're extremely pleased with the accreditation. In addition to the value that it adds to the courses it's an important indication of active linking with the audio industry."
INSTITUTE ACHIEVES FIRST WITH JAMES PERFORMANCE ACCREDITATION The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is proud to announce that it has become the first performance-based institution to receive accreditation by JAMES.
Two courses at The Institute have initially been accredited; the BMus in Popular Music Performance, the UK's and the Higher Diploma. The BMus is the pre-eminent degree course for musicians wishing to reach a professional standard of musicianship and build a sustainable career in the music industry and the Higher Diploma the foremost intensive 1-year course for musicians wishing to fast-track the development of their musicianship, playing and performing skills.
Institute Director Pete Whittard commented, "We are delighted to have achieved this accreditation for two of our most important courses. The Institute has of course been recognised as a leading provider of contemporary music education for over 25 years, but to have this formally recognised by an industry body such as JAMES is fantastic." FURTHER NEWS Click on the headline to read the full story. JAMES SHOWTIME REPORT
JAMES RECOGNISED BY CCS AS LEADING ORGANISATION JAMES ANNOUNCE INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION FOR MUSIC PERFORMANCE COURSES CAREERS ADVICE FROM LIFETIME PUBLISHING JAMES SHOWTIME REPORT Throughout 2012 JAMES has been very busy representing our accredited ‘Higher Education’ and approved ‘Further Education’ institutions at recent music and media shows. For the second year we had a stand at the Manchester UCAS ‘Compose Your Future’ event where thousands of student visitors came to look at education options open to them and took away all the prospectuses sent to us by our education partners. As well as explaining to students the importance of ‘Industry Accreditation’ as one of the tools in their course selection tool kit, we were pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the level of interest in our accreditation programmes and several new applications were discussed. This was the first time JAMES had been to this UCAS subject specific event but will certainly be at the show next year.
Also for the second year, JAMES exhibited and took on the role of Educational Partner at the Music Production Show at The Emirates Stadium in London. We presented a panel chaired by Phil Harding entitled 'FE and HE Audio and Music Technology Courses: Cost, Value and Transferable Skills' which as always was very well attended. Fridays prove to be a very busy day with once again considerable interest from students attending the event. Saturdays are always a more relaxed day with visitors from other professional audio facilities, home studios and musicians showing an interest in continuing their understanding when using the latest technologies on display elsewhere at the show.
In their publication, ‘The Music Blueprint’ which is an valuable reference publication about the current state of the Music Industry, CCS state, “It is absolutely vital that any education or training taken by individuals pursuing a career in the music sector is relevant to the reality of the industry. While many higher and further education institutions (including colleges, specialist schools and universities) already work with local or national employers, there needs to be more widespread alignment between education and industry. Networks and bodies such as JAMES, the Music Education Council and others can play a key role here.” JAMES ANNOUNCE INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION FOR MUSIC PERFORMANCE COURSES JAMES is now offering Industry Accreditation for Music Performance courses. This accreditation and centre approval process complements the existing accreditation schemes for Recording, Music Production, Audio Post Production courses.
JAMES Policy Director David Ward said, “Many colleges and universities have courses recognised and accredited by JAMES. Over the last year they have asked for accreditation of the performance elements of their courses. After consultation with many performers and performers organisations, we are happy to announce this new process.”
JAMES have put together a team of high level performing professionals who will visit colleges as part of the accreditation process. JAMES’ mission is to ensure that years of professional experience in our industry is not lost to future generations, therefore this accreditation is seen as a process to support college students and staff.
A principle function of JAMES is Course Accreditation for audio recording & music production, live performance, music composition and audio post production for film & TV. In addition, JAMES actively provides industry support for education and student careers advice. Made up of dedicated audio industry professionals and academics, JAMES' role is to create and maintain supportive links between education and the media industries. We wish to ensure that many years of professional experience are not lost to future generations.
JAMES accredits education on behalf of the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services), MPG (Music Producers Guild) and the UK Screen Association.
BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and IASIG (Interactive Audio Special Interest Group) endorse the JAMES Accreditation Scheme.