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BIMM Dublin FAQ’s: CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship

17th October 2018

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When do applications open?
Applications open in November, and close at 5pm on 31st July 2019.

How do I apply?
You can request an applications form from our Admissions Team by emailing info@bimm.ie or calling +353 1 5133 666.
You must return the completed form by 5pm on 31st July 2019.

I have applied, what happens next?
Once you have applied we will contact you with the details of your audition. Applicants will receive at least 10 days’ notice.

I don’t live in Ireland; can I still apply?
International applications are welcome and video auditions can be arranged if applicants are unable to travel to our campus.

Please note as this is a part-time course, NON-EU students are required to investigate the visa requirements for part-time study in Ireland. Further information can be found at http://www.inis.gov.ie/.

I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
Please contact the team on info@bimm.ie or calling +353 1 5133 666 to discuss this further.

What are the entry requirements?
The minimum entry requirements for this course is the successful completion of one module at QQI Level 5. This is equivalent to one subject at Leaving Certificate level.  The minimum grade accepted at Leaving Certificate is 1O6 (formerly one Ordinary Level D3).

Applicants must be 17 on 1st January in the year of entry.

To receive an unconditional offer for the course applicants must submit evidence of the minimum academic requirements where applicable. Applicants are required to submit a scanned copy of their exam transcripts to BIMM. All examination transcripts are reviewed before a formal offer and contract can be sent. Upon receipt of contract, applicants are required to return the signed contract along with a €300 deposit within 21 days of receipt to secure their place.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

In addition to achieving academic qualifications, all applicants must complete an individual audition to assess their musical ability Applicants choose to audition in one of five areas of specialism: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals or Songwriting.

Can I apply as a Mature Student?
Yes! Mature Applicants must be 23 on 1st January in the year of application to be classified as mature student. The primary entry criteria for consideration will be interview.

What are the fees?
The fees for the course are €2,200 and are payable upon enrolment. A deposit of €300 will be required to secure your place.

Can I pay the fees in instalments?
A deposit of €300 will be required to secure your place. The balance of the course fees can then be paid with a once off payment or our finance team will be happy to discuss a payment plan with you upon enrolment.  A monthly instalment of €330 per month is required until the course fee payment is complete.

Can I get a grant?
Unfortunately, as the CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship is a part-time course, students are not eligible for grants or funding from Student Universal Support Ireland.

Is there a scholarship available?
Unfortunately, there are no scholarships currently available for this course. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for any future developments.

Will I take classes with Commercial Modern Music, Music Business or Music & Audio Production students?
You will not share classes with other BA or Diploma courses however you will have the opportunity to meet other students at networking events and gigs.  All CPD Diploma students are welcome and encouraged to audition for gigs such as Live & Lyrical, End of Term alongside our other students. And we also have a specific CPD gig.

Can I apply for the BA(Hons) in Commercial Modern Music after this course?
Yes, in fact on average 75% % of CPD Diploma students apply to progress to the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music. Some CPD Diploma Students progressing are advanced directly into the second year of the BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music programme.

All Irish & EU applications must be made through the CAO at www.cao.ie/apply.php using the course code DT506.

Applications open from November and close at 5.15pm on 1st February each year. As this is a restricted course, late applications are not accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact our admissions team on info@bimm.ie.

Can I take part in the BIMM Study Exchange Programme?
As this course is a part-time course scheduled over only one academic year, transfer to another BIMM college is not possible.

What facilities are available for BIMM Dublin Students?
As a student at BIMM Dublin, you will be taught by a range of successful music industry professionals on a daily basis. You’ll also have the opportunity for tutorials with our teaching team.

Weekly we bring in special guests and run masterclasses – giving you even more insight into working in the music industry, and an opportunity to build your connections.

Alongside lessons we run clubs, such as Keyboard Club and Business Club. We offer to unlimited career tutorials, so you can discuss your future music industry goals and pastoral meetings with our dedicated Student Services team to help you deal with any personal issued whilst you’re studying.

As musicians, you’ll be able to rehearse on campus with full back-line equipment during the day and evening. Evening rehearsals run from 6pm – 10pm Monday to Friday.

When you’re in your 3rd and 4th year, you’ll have access to our Mac Suite with industry standard Music & Audio Production software including Pro Tools, Ableton Live & Logic DAWs.

But you’ll also have access to the support and facilities offered by DIT.  This includes library access, access to the DIT counsellors & learning support and access to clubs and societies. Students have access to all seven library sites in DIT. The library located at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Rathmines Road has a library dedicated exclusively to music and drama.  These holdings include books covering all module subjects and the full reading list for the BA(Hons) in Commercial Modern Music.

What is the timetable like – how many hours will I have each week?
The CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship will take place over 4.5 hours per week scheduled over one day.  The course is normally scheduled on Fridays however timetable for 2019-20 entry will be confirmed upon enrolment.

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