World's First Heavy Metal Degree Dubbed 'A Waste of Time'
Campaigners have slammed a UK college degree which offers a two year course in writing and performing heavy metal. Does rock have a place in modern education?
Posted on May 13, 2013 03:53 pm
The world's first college degree in heavy metal has been revealed in the UK, but campaigners have dubbed it "a waste of time."
The two-year course at New College in Nottingham is the first of its kind, and offers opportunities to work in bands, write and perform songs, and explore music theory and marketing. Student require previous college grades to qualify for the course.
Liam Maloy spent seven months developing the course and defends its educational qualities. "It's a degree, so it will be academically rigorous," he told the BBC. "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."
But education campaigners have criticised the course. 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?"
He continued: "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."
What do you think? Do musicians benefit from a degree in heavy metal, or would they do better to focus their efforts on doing the same activities in their local music community? Let us know what you think in the comments.