Awarding Body: UoN
Qualifications on offer: HND Music
Summary of course
This programme provides practical hands on training in music production areas, focusing on recording studio and computer music systems and programming software, such as Native Instruments, Pro Tools and Logic Pro .
Teaching staff have considerable industry experience and can guide students, depending on whether they wish to pursue a career as a producer or sound engineer, or further their studies with a degree programme.
The course provides a wide theoretical grounding across music and production. Students study six modules at each stage for the two year course and will be expected to attend all classes. They can make use of evening studio bookings and computer music bookings. Students will be expected to complete research outside timetabled class times, writing reports or essays to accompany practical work.
Students will learn the rudiments of recording, sequencing, music and sound theory, as well as gaining valuable practical skills in music technology.
Students will develop the skills and knowledge gained in stage one applying them to larger, more in depth projects. Students will also learn new audio visual skills.
Special course features:
- Teaching staff have industry experience
- HND can be topped up to BA (Hons) in Music Production
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Arts management
- Audio recording
- Audio visual
- Computer music systems
- Music theory for production
- Music and meaning
- Practical experimental music
- Synthesis and sampling
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
The course is modular and assessed through practical and written assignments culminating in a final major project which will involve public performance. There will be a variety of assessed performances throughout the programme.
Who is this course for?
This course is for people who want to work in the music industries as performers and/or as technicians. It is also suitable for musicians wishing to study a technical and practical programme before completing the third year of the popular music degree at the University of Northampton or entering related employment.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Progression routes include:
- Music industry
Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
Generally a Level 3 qualification is required at a grade equivalent to 48 UCAS points or above. This could be as two or more Alevels at grade D or above, or as a BTEC Extended Diploma (or other similar qualification) at PPP or Diploma (or other similar qualification) at MP>. Successful applicants will also be required to have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.
In circumstances where an applicant has not taken these qualifications (for example, for an applicant aged 21 or over) an offer will made based on the application, consideration of relevant experience and, in some cases, an interview.
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment with you and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.