HND in Music Technology
|Mode of study||HE Full-time|
|Campus||London Road Campus|
|Start date||9 September 2024 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change|
|Course code||FLR5HMT001 (2426)|
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Who is it for?
Music Production is a fantastic subject to study at SCG. Our staff are active in the music industry and use their industry knowledge and skills to inform their teaching and prepare students for the realities of
working in the music business.
We have three dedicated recording studios and two production suites that have been upgraded recently to professional standards with the latest analogue and digital hardware. We operate with industry
standard software including Pro Tools and Logic Pro X. These exciting facilities are backed by expert and experienced teaching staff.
The completion of an HNC in Music Technology or a closely related level 4 programme for the one year course or completion of level 3 to join the two-year HND.
What does the course involve?
Continue your journey into the music industry by taking your work to the next level. Studying at level 5 is a challenging and rewarding endeavour. You will have the opportunity to 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, live sound and studio craft. The department has recently benefited from large-scale investment featuring a large and small Mac suite, Mac computers in all three studios, numerous outboard effects and audio processing equipment including an Allen & Heath Hybrid mixing console. Studying at SCG will mean much lower fees than those at university whilst also offering more support and 1:1 time. You will also have exclusive access to our new HE department featuring social spaces, a kitchen and study spaces.
This course is an opportunity for you to enhance your practical and theoretical skills building on those developed on the level 4. 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
- Sound Design Fundamentals
- Music Production Fundementals
- Compositional Techniques
- Live Sound Techniques
- Recording Technology
The second year of the course will include the following units:
- Creative Research Project
- Advanced Music Production.
The second year will also feature five specialist units.
The HND comprises of 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 in running recording sessions and creating music through technology. Alongside the production aspects of the course, you will complete coursework which explores creative research projects which can be tailored to your own area of interest.
This specialist qualification is a great way to continue your journey forging 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 teamwork and communication skills.
On successful completion of this course, you can progress onto a Degree in Music Technology/similar or progress into a career in the music industry. You can top the HND 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 196,000 people working full-time in the music industry in the UK, the industry has continued to grow year after year. 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.
A Level Music (History and Geography)
Previous Institution: Priory School
I am thankful for the excellent music teaching I have received, both at the College and from my instrumental teachers. I am going to study Music at Cambridge University and am excited to continue expanding my musical knowledge. I feel very privileged to be going to such a prestigious university!
Level 3 Music Technology
Previous school: Caereinion High School
There has been some big investments in the Music Technology department at SCG recently – so there is great kit here, and the teachers have so much experience and knowledge of the subject. I grew up around music, as my Dad is a singer and always had an interest – especially in the tech side of it all. I have secured a great job with Energized Sound & Lighting through the course and will hopefully be going on to study Music Technology at university.
A Level Music (Business, Economics, Psychology)
Previous school: Church Stretton School
I will study Music at Durham University and then do a PGCE as I would like to become a college Music teacher. This has been inspired by the great teachers at SCG and all the hard work they have put in to help me. I learnt composition and theory and truly developed my skills as a Musician. I play classical guitar and never thought I’d be able to consider it as a future career. I also take part in the MaDA performances and am a member of the college choir - these are great confidence builders.
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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