Nottingham college to offer students chance to study for degree in heavy metal

However, course is dismissed as "easy option" by Campaign for Real Education

Nottingham college to offer students chance to study for degree in heavy metal

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A new heavy metal degree at Nottingham's New College has been criticised by leading education campaigners.

The two-year course offers students the opportunity to learn how to compose and perform heavy metal music. However, the Campaign for Real Education has hit out at the course and the college; labelling it an "easy option".

"It might seem an attractive, easy option to some people. But you don't need to do a degree in heavy metal. It's a waste of time," Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education Chris McGovern for the campaign told BBC News.

However, Liam Maloy, a lecturer in music performance at New College Nottingham, has defended the course he spent spent seven months developing. "It's a degree, so it will be academically rigorous," said Maloy. "In the past, heavy metal has not been taken seriously and is seen as lacking academic credibility when compared with other genres such as jazz and classical music. But that's just a cultural construction."

The course will start in September, and will see students study modules covering the music industry and the history of heavy metal, including its role in films and video games. As part of the second year of the course, students will be able to perform in music venues around the country. They will also be offered the chance to stay on for a third and final year, where they will be able to get a full degree awarded by Nottingham Trent University, which has accredited the course.


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