HND Music (Production/Session Musician) Level 5

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music (Production/Session Musician) is validated by Pearson. During the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music you have the option to take the production pathway or the session musician pathway. In both pathways you will develop skills in composing music and sound for moving image, recording and mixing audio using our brand new high spec recording studios and software packages, academic research and musicology. You will also develop an understanding of the modern music industry and how you can establish a career within it. You will create a bespoke professional development plan to focus your efforts and ensure you reach your career goals. Possible careers include; sound engineer, music producer, composer for film and tv, songwriter, performer, acoustics engineer, jobs in radio and broadcasting, marketing, publishing etc. Through the production pathway you have the opportunity to develop skills as a live sound engineer using our analogue and digital live sound sound systems. You will also develop skills as a sound designer and audio mastering engineer. Through the session musician pathway you will develop songwriting, arrangement and performance skills through projects you will lead as a musical director. Performing at external venues you will showcase your skills as a composer and performer. First year units include 1. The Music Industry 2. Marketing and Promotion for Musicians 3. Professional Development 4. Applied Sound Principles 5. Music For Sound and Picture 6. Creative Software Techniques Production pathway: * Recording Technology and Live Sound Techniques Session Musician pathway: * Songwriting and Performance Second year units include 1. Creative Research Project 2. Advanced Music Production 3. Creative Portfolio 4. Musicology Production pathway: * Live Mixing, Mixing and Mastering and Advanced Sound Design for Interactive Media Session Musician pathway * Musical Direction in Practice, Advanced Performance Skills and Live Arrangement Skills The course is full time and is studied over 2 years, 3 or 4 days a week depending on timetabling. Facilities include: * Specialist brand new HE recording studio using Logic X and Pro Tools 12 software. Including large acoustically treated live room, isolation booth, D&R analogue mixing console and selection of high quality outboard processors (Urei 1178, Joe Meek SC-2, Eventide Ultraharmonizer, Drawmer dl241 and more) * Second brand new recording studio using Logic X software. Including acoustically treated live room and isolation booth * Surround sound mixing studio using Logic X software and Genelec 5.1 surround sound speaker system. Also features an isolation/foley booth with second screen for audio post production for film and TV. * Extensive range of microphones from manufacturers such as; Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG, Shure, Rode, Audio Technica. * 4 Acoustically treated rehearsal rooms complete with drum kits, amps and PA system. * Specialist HE classroom with Apple Mac computers and Logic X and Pro Tools 12 software. * VR/AR suite fitted with the latest technology in virtual and augmented reality.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music can lead to career progression in a range of areas. Possible careers include; sound engineer, music producer, composer for film and tv, music teacher, songwriter, performer, acoustics engineer, jobs in radio and broadcasting, marketing, publishing etc.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are; 1. You will have a BTEC in Music Level 3 2. Candidates with substantial industry experience will also be considered Mature students who do not fulfil the entry requirements will be considered for this course on an individual basis.

Additional Details

- Work is assessed through coursework and is assessed internally. Typical methods of assessment include written assignments, audio portfolios, video assessments, demonstrations and performances.

- When you apply to the college you will be invited for an interview to discuss the course and your career ambitions. Although most of the course will be delivered from the Telford College campus some modules may be delivered from the University Centre Telford where there is a small charge for parking. Tuition fees for this course are £5,900 (full time) or £2,950 (part time) each year of study. Funding is available to support with the cost of this course and in some cases living expenses. Please see the Fee Information link for further advice and guidance relating to tuition fees and funding.

After the course

Upon completion of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music you can seek a top-up degree at university.