HND in Music Production
HND • Level 5
About the course
The HND in Music Production is a one-year course, running side-by-side with the Performance Pathway to allow for collaboration between students and projects.
The Production pathway is designed for those wishing to further their understanding and practice in the technical production of music and sound.
Learners will primarily focus on music production skills, with various projects that allow them to develop their own unique sound and artistic signature. They will also learn and develop advanced production techniques, and develop professional working attitudes and behaviours in the completion of their work.
Learners will go in-depth into the fundamentals of sound creation using various digital synthesis types, and undertake projects to develop their confidence, understanding, and ability to create synthesised sounds from scratch. Learners will also be able to expand and refine their mixing and mastering skills, bringing their productions ever closer to that professional, polished sound through the use of hardware, software/ plugins, and techniques.
This pathway allows learners to apply their skills in a range of industry-focused scenarios and projects, which are designed to illustrate the range in which their skills can be applied, and also generate a collection of quality work that can be used in professional portfolios.
They will also develop their artistic and professional identity, and learn new ways to apply their craft to the many opportunities presented in the music industry and beyond.
Type of LearningUniversity Study
Study ModeFull time
DurationThis course lasts one year.
Awarded ByThis Higher National Diploma is awarded by Pearson.
This course will follow the completion of our HNC, and should be seen as a ‘second year’ level 5 qualification. If you have studied an HNC in Music elsewhere, and feel you could go straight to HND, then please contact us to discuss this further.
- Creative Research Project (Pearson-set)
- Creative Portfolio
- Music and Brands
- Mixing and Mastering
- Advanced Sound Design for Interactive Media
- Advanced Synthesis and processing
You will be mainly assessed through practical and written coursework projects, with the only exception being musical performances which are the closest thing to an ‘exam’ that you will encounter. Most modules are internally assessed, which means that we set the briefs and assess your work. However, the Creative Research Project is set and assessed externally by Pearson.
Careers & Progression
Learners on the music production pathway would typically go into the ‘studio-based’ areas of work, fulfilling the roles of producer, recording engineer, mixing engineer. They could specialise in media-based roles, such as a sound designer, broadcast/ Radio audio engineer, or ADR/ audio-post editor. They could also apply their wider technical skills to the live music industry as sound engineers, lighting engineers, and live events technology.
Students will be expected to bring good quality, over-ear headphones with a 3.5mm jack are also essential.
You will have access to an Apple Mac suite running the latest industry-standard music software alongside a multi-function recording studio and range of practice rooms. You will also have the opportunity to access a range of Theatres and Industry standard equipment. When sessions take place at offsite theatre such as The Grand, you will be expected to may your own way to and from the venue.
Information About Fees
This course costs £7250 and can be funded by student loan.