Universal College Of Learning (UCOL)

Lower North Island


Duration: One year full time. Palmerston North, Wairarapa and Whanganui.
Courses start: February to November 2017.
No. of students per intake: 20 per intake. Outer campuses 15 students per intake.
Entry criteria: Open entry with audition.
Emphasis: Creating a musical whanau (family) to support and enable connections to be made in this diverse and evolving technology-based industry. Students completing this course will be able to create their own work and perform, with the technical ability to record, produce and start a career as a musician. Creates a pathway to enable students to become skilled musicians, focusing on original music and the ability to record their own music as a professional.
Qualification gained: Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance (Level 4)
Career prospects: Music performer, singing, song writing, sound engineering, teaching, band management, event management, schools, music store retail.
Facilities: Three campuses have a music dedicated department with, rehearsal room/s and a state of the art recording facilities on the Palmerston North campus, which all campuses use. On each campus are dedicated Mac suites with the latest music software, practice room/s, quality professional musicians as tutors and specialist instrument tutors.
Programme leader: Kane Parsons
Tutors: Palmerston North – Kane Parsons, Nigel Patterson, Graham Johnston. Whanganui – Mike Franklin-Brown, Lizzie deVegt, Dave Griffiths, Andrew Condon. Wairarapa – Cody Field, Courtney Naera, Saali Marks. Plus specialist instrument/technology contractors: Joe Callwood, Tom Callwood, Erna Ferry.
Prominent graduates: Anna Monteith (Electric Era, Penny Dreadfuls, Blue Ruin); Jason Meadows & Kahi Tangiora (Depths); reggae/metal act Rezist; Ben Dixon (Inhale); Courtney Naera (nee Brown); Jason Ireland.
Applications close: It is preferred to have enrolments at least one month before the course starts, however enrolments are taken up until the course start date.

Duration: One year, full time, Palmerston North
Entry criteria: You must have completed the UCOL Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance, an equivalent Level 4 qualification in music, or have the equivalent skills and knowledge.
No. of students per intake: 20 per intake.
Qualification gained: Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance (Level 5)
Career prospects: Songwriting/arranging film, radio/television, advertising, bands, solo artistry, session music performance, itinerant teaching in schools, music store retail.
Cost: $5945 with student levy included.
Facilities: As above for Palmerston North campus.

Address: Universal College of Learning, School of Photography Arts and Design, Private Bag 11022, Palmerston North

Web: (


Contact: Kane Parsons

Phone: 0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265), 021 421 474