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Gloucestershire College

Music

UCAS Code: 040J

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

Preferably including an Music or Media subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

UCAS Tariff

48

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

This programme is designed to help you to develop skills and knowledge for a variety of roles within the music and entertainment industries, helping you prepare for employment, freelance work and/or continuing education at degree level. Students on the first year HNC cover a range of different modules on the General pathway. This effectively builds underpinning core skills, while preparing you for further subject specialisation at Level 5. On the second year HND you choose from a number of available pathways depending on your own choice of specialism.

The college offers excellent facilities as well as specialist and passionate staff with industry experience. You can look forward to learning from industry experts in a nurturing and progressive environment, equipped with excellent facilities you would find in the world of work. This will ensure you can make the most of your time here and leave prepared with new knowledge and skills to successfully develop your career or passion for your subject.

The course is fast paced and professional and covers a range of modules. This currently includes the practical use of recording equipment and recording theory within a fully resourced analogue and digital recording studio and post production suites, Logic, ProTools, Sibelius and UAD Processing application and training, the practice and theory of composition, musicological research on a chosen area of focus, studio and live sound engineering techniques and practices, DAW production, event management and performance and working in the music industry.

**The Sector**

By 2020 the broader performing arts and music sector is predicted to grow by more than 40%. For the industry to meet this potential the availability of a highly skilled technical workforce is fundamental.

There are 102,220 people working in the music industry, of which 50,780 work in live performance 21,930 in production, retail and distribution of musical instrument/audio equipment 15,130 in retail and distribution of recordings 10,190 in recording 2,890 in composition of musical works and music publishing 1,300 in promotion, management and agency related activities.

Within the industry, starting salaries can range from £13,000 a year full-time equivalent; with experience, this can rise to between £20,000 and £40,000. Freelance earnings can be higher or lower, depending on reputation and how much work is available. Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Modules

Learners have the opportunity to tailor some of their module choices to suit their own interests and specialisms during the first year of their course, and have further flexibility when choosing a bespoke pathway for their second year of study.

Modules currently studied on the first year (HNC) are:

* The Music Industry
* Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
* Professional Development
* Recording Technology
* Creative Software Techniques
* Live Sound Techniques
* Performance
* Compositional Techniques
* Composing Using Technology

Modules currently studied on the second year (HND) are:

* Creative Research Project
* Advanced Music Production
* Mixing and Mastering
* Creative Portfolio
* Developing as an Artist
* Composing to a Brief
* Experimental Composition

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous through live assignment briefs containing practical, theoretical, research and evaluative elements. You will be expected to do at least 8 hours per week of study/practical work outside of lecture time and can book the studio, mix room and college facilities to do so.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£6,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,700
per year
Scotland
£6,700
per year
Wales
£6,700
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Gloucester Campus

Department:

Centre for Arts

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