let's talk about the songwriting course.

 
 
 

When you want the lyrics and melodies God has given you to connect with the audience He has called you to.

We’re aware that you’re not going to become the best lyricist or composer by only studying theory. You need the experience of writing, recording and producing songs. We’ve combined both theory and experience in our songwriting courses so you can nurture and develop your creative genius in a supportive Christian environment.

At C3 Creative Arts College our songwriting course offers you specialised training in songwriting to equip and train you to become a talented and influential songwriter. The focus of our songwriting course is on teaching you how to use the techniques of lyric and music writing – the tools for crafting songs of influence. If your goal is write songs that aren't for corporate worship, you can be confident that you'll receive excellent and accredited training in songwriting. These songwriting courses will take your skills and develop them so you can write songs that truly impact your audience.

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study one, two or three years.

First year.

10611NAT / Certificate IV of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Specialising in Songwriting

C3 College's first year songwriting course will enable you to write effective, moving songs in your own chosen style and voice. The focus of our songwriting course is on teaching you how to use the techniques of lyric, form, melody, harmony, and rhythm – the tools for crafting songs of influence. You will be provided with numerous opportunities to both perform and create songs to be played in a variety of performance settings. This course will include writing scores for productions, songs for assessments and then also songs for your own musical endeavours.

Who is this course for?

This course is for musicians who are passionate about the craft of writing and producing great songs. If you’ve ever been stuck for ideas, or find yourself writing the same kinds of melodies and chords, and you don’t know how to break out of your rut, then this is the course for you. By the end of this course you will also be able to use the recording studio to effectively produce demos of your new material.

Give me the facts.

Here's a quick break down of the first year:

  • Approximately 20 hours per week of classes
  • Classes from Tuesday - Friday
    • Tuesday & Thursday are your core days, you'll be studying leadership and theology
    • Wednesday & Friday will be intensive days in your specialised major
  • Chapel starts at 8am every morning
  • You're also required to serve 3 hours of internship per week (on a Sunday service)

You will be developed in your:

You will be developed in your fluency in the tools of song writing:

  • Rhythm, chords, melody, form, and lyrics
  • Studio technology

Your training will include:

  • Gaining new songwriting tools
  • Recording your own songs
  • Cafe performance gigs of your own songs
  • Collaborative theatre productions

Second year.

10612NAT / Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Specialising in Songwriting

C3 College's second year songwriting course will enable you to write effective, moving songs in your own chosen style and voice. The focus of our songwriting course is on teaching you how to use the techniques of lyric and music writing – the tools for crafting songs of influence. You will be provided with numerous opportunities to both perform and create songs to be played in a variety of performance settings. The second year course will focus on further developing your understanding of the concepts of songwriting.

Who is this course for?

Second year Songwriting is for those who want to take their compositions beyond a foundational skills level. It is for those wanting to apply a refining process to the skills and knowledge learnt in 1st year.

Give me the facts.

A quick break down of the second year:

  • Approximately 20 hours per week of classes
  • Classes from Tuesday - Thursday
    • Tuesday & Thursday are your core days, you'll be studying leadership and theology
    • Wednesday & Thursday will be intensive days in your specialised major
  • Chapel starts at 8am every morning
  • You're also required to serve 3 hours of internship per week (on a Sunday service)

You will be developed in your:

You will be refined and developed in applying the tools of song writing, including

  • Writing songs for a professional brief
  • Using more advanced technological tools to further develop your own musical style
  • Generating larger quantities of songs in preparation for an EP
  • Applying deeper concepts of songwriting to your own songs

Your training will include:

  • Writing, developing and recording demos
  • Working closely with the lecturing staff in a production context
  • Increased live performance opportunities

Third year.

10613NAT / Advanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Specialising in Songwriting

C3 College's third year songwriting course will leave you as an established songwriter in your chosen style and genre. The most exciting aspect of third year is your major work assessment which is creating, producing and launching your own EP! This is included in your tuition and enables you to have a professionally produced EP as soon as you finish third year, which you can send to agents, studios, etc. You will also take on more responsibility in regards to your leadership at the college.

Who is this course for?

Third year Songwriting is for those wanting to produce their own EP at broadcast quality. This involves the application of the skills gained in 1st and 2nd year to an EP major work. Third Year Songwriting students will be those looking to become influential in either the Church or the music industry as a songwriter.

Give me the facts.

A Quick break down of third year:

  • Approximately 16 hours per week of classes
  • Classes from Tuesday - Thursday
    • Tuesday is your core day, you'll be studying leadership and theology
    • Wednesday & Thursday will be intensive days in your specialised major
  • Chapel starts at 8am every morning

You will be developed in:

You will be further expanded and refined in your music composition and production skills:

  • High level production techniques
  • Independently operating the studio
  • Taking your lyric writing to a professional standard
  • Composing melodies, chords and rhythms at industry standard
  • Mixing and Mastering of your own EP

 

Your training will include:

  • Producing an EP (with a professional Producer supplied by C3 College)
  • Performing and producing your own EP launch
  • Writing music for collaborative creative productions

So how many years should I study?

It's a good question. One that we don't recommend making without chatting to us. Luckily we love having a chat. Whether it's extravagant conversations, like how we can be involved in making your dream happen or discussions with more detailed, administrative queries, like figuring out the best schedule for you. Whatever questions you have, we want to talk them through with you.

subjects & timetables

subjects you'll study over three years will include:

Song Construction / Introduction to Lyrics / Melody & Rhythm

Melody & Harmony / Song Writing Technology / Demo Recording

Performance / Writing a Worship Song / Music Analysis & Chart Transcription

Concepts of Song Writing / Writing a Brief / Contemporary Arranging

Write & Produce an EP / Write a Soundtrack / Recording Studio Operation

Plan & Produce a Program for Performance (EP Launch)

timetables.

Please note that timetables are subject to change term by term (and often do), but these are a great guide to help you with what to expect.

accreditation & applications

C3 College operates as a division of C3 Church Sydney Ltd, a ASQA Federally registered training provider (CRICOS Provider Number 01880K) and students accepted into the programs may be eligible for Austudy/Youth Allowance and International Student Visas. Essentially this means we are legit, fully accredited and if you are an Australian studying with us, you may qualify for student benefits from the Australian government.

Accreditation.

1 year full-time equivalent
Certificate IV of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Specialising in Songwriting (10611NAT)

2 years full-time (year 1 above or equivalent, plus 1 additional year)
Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Specialising in Songwriting (10612NAT)

3 years full-time (years 1 and 2 above or equivalent, plus 1 additional year)
Advanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Specialising in Songwriting (10613NAT)

To know more details about our accreditation click here

Application requirements.

We have two primary intakes for our creative arts courses. These intakes begin in February & July each year.

For creative arts students, we need you to:

→ Apply online (you can do this by clicking here now)
→ Send this online pastoral reference to your pastor
→ Submit an audition ←

Once we have received these important elements, your application is then reviewed by C3 College’s executive board for approval.
If approved, you will receive a letter of offer from us congratulating you on your successful application and what your next steps will be in your journey towards becoming a c3 college student.