HNC in Music Production
|Mode of study||2 days per week|
|Campus||London Road Campus|
|Start date||11 September 2023 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change|
|Course code||FLR4HMT001 (2324)|
|Runs on|| Tuesday |
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Who is it for?
This course is the ideal place to begin your higher-level studies in Music Technology. If you have qualifications in Music Technology and/or a passion for music production, this is the course for you. The Higher National Certificate is equivalent to the first year of a degree. Upon successful completion of the HNC, you can continue onto the Higher National Diploma (HND).
You will work in one of our purpose-built recording studios or production suites on industry-standard platforms Pro Tools and Logic Pro X. Develop a deep understanding and practical skills in music production, the music industry, acoustics and studio craft. The department has recently benefited from large-scale investment featuring a large and small Mac suite, Mac computers in all 3 studios, numerous outboard effects and audio processing equipment including an Allen & Heath Hybrid mixing console. Studying here will mean much lower fees than those at university whilst also offering more support and 1:1 time than often available at university.
The ideal applicant will hold 64 UCAS points in Music Technology or a closely related subject. Where the applicant doesn’t have this a portfolio of work in the area would be required.
What does the course involve?
This course is an opportunity for you to enhance the practical and theoretical skills that are required in the ever-changing music industry. You will undertake a number of creative production projects and practical exercises. Other methods of assessment will include written assignments and presentations. Your final grades will depend on the portfolio of evidence you produce to demonstrate your achievements. Your learning experience is enhanced by workshops with professional practitioners and regular performance visits and study trips, in previous years students have had trips to Berlin and Barcelona.
The first year of the course will include the following core units:
- The Music Industry
- Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
- Professional Development
- Applied Sound Principles
- Recording Technology
- Creative Software Techniques.
The first year will also feature two specialist units.
If you progress onto the HND you will complete the following units:
- Creative Research Project
- Advanced Music Production.
The second year will also feature five specialist units. The HNC consists of eight units and the HND comprises 15 units in total.
This course is validated by Edexcel (Pearson).
How is the course assessed?
Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments, developing portfolios, examinations and presentations. Please refer to the Course Specification for information on assessment for this particular course.
How much does it cost?
For equipment, we highly recommend that you have closed-back headphones with a quarter-inch jack adaptor, a memory stick or hard drive with a high capacity and a journal or notepad.
During the course you will develop your recording and sound production skills as you explore the finer details of professional audio. You will gain experience of running recording sessions and creating music through technology. Alongside the production aspects of the course, you will complete coursework which explores the music industry, marketing and professional development. You will also complete two specialist practical - based units. This broad qualification is a great starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the music industry as well as those that wish to progress to university. Many have a natural progression route to the third and final year of a degree course. The variety of units offered on the course will help you to develop your independent study as well as your team work and communication skills.
On successful completion of this course, you can progress onto the HND in Music Technology or progress into a career in the music industry. If you continue to complete the HND you can top this up at university by completing the third year of a full honours degree. This vast industry has many exciting and varied roles including working behind the scenes in film and television; radio production; theatre or live music. You could become a composer, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, session musician or event organiser. You could work in the business at a record label or even run your own.
You could work in A&R seeking out the next Adele, Ed Sheeran or Coldplay. Other record label roles include pluggers, marketing, sales and merchandise. Fight for the rights of musicians with a job at the Musicians Union or help support artists by working at a royalty collection agency. There are around 150,000 people working full-time in the music industry in the UK with over a million working part-time. This course will give you a solid understanding of many of these professions and give you the skills you need to succeed.
What do I do next?
To join this course you will first have to register with UCAS at www.ucas.com and then apply through UCAS. (Choose: Sign In–Students–Undergraduate–Apply–Register and follow the instructions.) You will then receive a confirmation email from UCAS and the College will be in contact with an interview date. Current Shrewsbury Colleges Group students should seek support from their tutor before applying.
HNC in Music Technology
I chose to study at Shrewsbury Colleges Group because of the brilliant resources and teaching. It’s also great doing a HE course closer to home because I am familiar with my surroundings and have all my family and friends nearby. I am aware that there are less women in the music production industry, but I know I have the ability to succeed. I’m excited for females in the music industry because things are changing
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