Heavy metal degree is a 'waste of time' claim campaigners

Students playing in a heavy metal band.
Image caption During their second year on the course, the students would tour the UK

A two-year degree in heavy metal music has been branded an "easy option" by education campaigners.

The foundation degree - believed to be the first of its kind in the world - is being offered by New College Nottingham (NCN).

The college said the degree is rigorous and is being offered in response to student demand.

However, the Campaign for Real Education said it was a waste of time and would "lack weight" with employers.

Liam Maloy, a lecturer in music performance at NCN, spent seven months developing the course.

'Academically rigorous'

Students will learn how to compose and perform heavy metal songs.

The course, which is due to start in September, will also include modules on the music business, the history of heavy metal and its role in films and video games.

In the students' second year, they will perform on tour at venues around the country.

Image caption The college says the degree will be academically rigorous

"It's a degree, so it will be academically rigorous," said Mr 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."

Upon completion of the foundation degree, students can opt to continue their studies in music for a third year at the college and get a full degree awarded by Nottingham Trent University, which has accredited the course.

However, Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education said: "There are too many degrees being offered that lack credibility in the marketplace.

"I suspect that may be the case with this course, unless you want to be a heavy metal star, in which case why would you need a degree in the subject?

"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."

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