What does the course include?
This Higher National Diploma aims to produce a competent music technology specialist, commonly known in the music recording industry as a programmer, or a product specialist in the music/recording equipment distribution or retail industry.
The course includes the following modules:
- Creative Arts Research Skills
- Music In Context
- Computer Music Systems
- Music Studio Production
- Music Health and the Law
- Music Technology
- Studio and Facilities Management
- Studio Recording and Engineering
- Critical Music Listening
- Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts
- Live Sound for Small Venues
- Live Sound for Large Venues
- Live Sound System and Specification and Operation
- The Music Business in the 21st Century
- Sound Creation and Manipulation
- Planning for Public Performance
There is an option for a work experience unit depending on your sound realted work outside of college.
What do I need to get on to the course?
You need to be at least seventeen years of age with four GCSEs at Grade C AND one A level, or an equivalent qualification (e.g. BTEC National Diploma, or GNVQ Advanced Level 3 in an appropriate subject) for the HND year 1.
You will then progress to the HND year 2 programme. You will be asked for some written work so that your academic written level can be assessed. Mature applicants without formal qualifications will be considered on their individual merit. As much practical material, be it creative or technical, should be collated into a form of show-reel or portfolio. This will give admission tutors a clearer idea of music technology ability and in turn helps us provide a greater learner experience.
The interview process
All suitably qualified applicants (including those who expect to gain the necessary qualifications in June) will be interviewed. The interview will be formal and likely either 1:1 with the course leader or 2 members of the course team. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes. You will be asked to explain of describe previous musical and music technology experiences. Any relevant industry experience and based on grades, experience and proven ability including examples of previous work may be asked to complete a piece of research and written work. This will allow tutors to correctly asses ability and skills at levels 4 and 5 necessary for studying on the programme.
How is the course assessed?
Coursework and continual assessment, practical assessment tasks and where possible – work based opportunities.
Where does it lead?
This course is specifically designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to begin a career in the music and sound industry, or alternatively to progress on to the final year of a relevant degree course. City of Westminster College's Progression Agreements are intended to
enable students to progress from vocational programmes such as HNCs and
HNDs to Higher Education, topping up their qualifications to gain full
Fees quoted are for full time study. Part time fees will be proportional to the full time fees over the duration of the course. However, please be aware there may be marginal fee increase in subsequent years.
The College has links with several organisations which specialise in student accommodation. These offer a range of types of accommodation and prices vary depending on location, homestay or independent living, whether meals are required and whether you want a single or shared room. The College does not have its own accommodation. Click here for more information.
Equipment and other costs
If you are a UK student planning to study a full-time or part-time higher education course you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your course. If you study full-time you may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan and a grant to assist you with living costs.
These loans do not require repayment until you have finished your course and you are earning more than £21,000 per year, although you can start repaying them sooner if you wish. Click here to find out more.
To apply for this course please do so via UCAS, the UCAS reference for this course is W37L.
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