Music Production HND
About the course
UCAS Code: W374 (View this course on UCAS) | UCAS Institution Code: C65
Is it your ambition to work in the music industry? This course, delivered in partnership between the College and Islington Music Workshop (IMW), develops the practical and theoretical skills necessary for careers in Sound Engineering, Studio and Music Production and Sound Design for Media.
• Experience a professional recording studio and real working practice
• Use the latest equipment and software, including 48 Channel SSL Duality Console, SSL AWS948 Console,Protools HD, Native Instruments and Logic X coupled with SSL Nucleus control surfaces
•Learn from industry professionals with specialist expertise
• Benefit from small classes, one-to-one support and a friendly team environment
You will need:
You need 80 UCAS points from one, or a combination of the following:
• A Levels in related subjects at Grade C
• BTEC National or Extended Diploma at MMP
• BTEC Level 3 National Certificate or Diploma at DM
• Access to Higher Education qualification (subject related) at Pass
• Portfolio of relevant work
• 4 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English
• Students for which English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of level 5.5.
Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2 or Key Skills Application of Number and Communication at Level 2 will be accepted in place of GCSE Maths and English.
Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be considered based on equivalent qualifications, previous experience, a College assessment, applicant interview and a portfolio of relevant work.
Overseas qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
You will use the latest specialised studio production facilities, featuring a full range of Solid State Logic Technology: 48 Channel SSL Duality Console, SSL AWS948, and the SSL Nucleus control surfaces. Each individual workstation also includes Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Native Instruments software.
You will learn from a course team of professionals with extensive experience in studio and music production, sound engineering, music and sound for film and multimedia, live and session instrument performance, and musicology.
Offering lots of support, this course will enable you to develop into a flexible, creative and reflective learner with a range of transferrable skills, essential to your progression onto university or into employment.
1st Year: you will develop core technical skills in sound production and music composition through the use of key SSL technology and industry standard software.
You will explore a variety of production and composition techniques through diverse projects that include electronic music composition and media based projects such as sound to moving image.
Another key area of the course is developing your skills as a studio practitioner, getting to grips with modern analogue and digital technology through multi-track recording projects featuring a variety of musical styles and ensembles.
As well as developing your practical skills you will study the industry, how to market yourself as an independent practitioner and create relevant and viable professional development plans. These will enable you to specialise in an area of music production in your second year through the creation of studio based, individual major projects.
To support your understanding of sound production you will study practical and theoretical acoustics and the course will feature a strong focus upon the development of listening skills.
2nd Year: as a second year student we expect you to become confident in your ability to independently run a modern recording studio. You are given this opportunity through the development of an individual major project and this typically provides a real world, work based learning experience for all students who study on the course.
This is supplemented through in depth study of electronic music, synthesis and sampling and its relevance to the wider area of sound design and composition that we find in media based work.
As the course features a strong emphasis on independence in the second year you will undertake a research project that will help you investigate the wider career implications of your practical work. This will be supplemented with an individual development unit that will focus upon creating and maintaining an online profile and putting into practice the knowledge of the Industry and marketing skills developed in year 1.
Find out more about the course content, aims and outcomes: Download the Course Specification [PDF]
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.
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The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules may contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Method of assessment
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the modules that form part of your course. The majority of the courses offered at the College use coursework as the main method of assessment. Further information regarding the methods of assessment for your course can be obtained from the Course Manager.
You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We normally aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 10 working days of hand-in.
On successful completion of the course, you will get a Higher National Diploma in Music Production. You can then apply to further courses at UK universities or find employment in the sector in roles such as Sound Engineer, Music Producer, Composer, Games Sound Designer, Sound Designer for Film, Sound Recordist, Mix Engineer, and Mastering Engineer.
Students who successfully pass the HND Music Production course will be granted advanced standing entry to the final year (Level 6) of the University of West London’s BA (Hons) Music Technology course, run by the London College of Music (LCM).
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