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Shrewsbury Colleges Group

Music Technology

UCAS Code: MUST

Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

64

64 UCAS Points in related qualification.

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

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).
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 in university.
This course is an opportunity for you to enhance your 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.
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 3rd 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.

Modules

The HNC consists of 8 units which will include the following core units:
The Music Industry, Marketing and Promotion for Musicians, Professional Development, Applied Sound Principles, Recording Technology and Creative Software Techniques. The first year will also feature two specialist units.

Assessment methods

Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course and some work is externally set by the exam board. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessment methods include assignments; portfolios; examinations and presentations. Please refer to the Course Specification for information on assessment for this particular course.

Tuition fees

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England
£6,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,500
per year
Scotland
£6,500
per year
Wales
£6,500
per year

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Shrewsbury Colleges Group

Department:

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