Professional Music Production

UAL Level 4 Diploma

students working with music tech equipment

Availability & Details

Professional Music Production - UAL Level 4 Diploma SF-MUTE4D-D(0000)000

Venue
South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, Non-UCAS

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board
UAL

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Overview

This one year UAL Level 4 Professional Music Production course is an excellent gap year opportunity to extend your existing skills and knowledge in order to prepare you for Higher Education or entry into the technical and production side of the music industry.

You will be working with collaborators both creatively and technically. You will work with industry professionals to become a professional yourself.

To study on this course you will need a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music, Media or similar qualification or an A Level programme equivalent. You will also need to display a passion for this field. Mature students can apply with a relevant portfolio of work.

On this one year course at HSDC South Downs, you will study the following:

  • Unit 1 – Establishing Principles of Technical and Production Practice
  • Unit 2 – Applied Professional Practice
  • Unit 3 – Professional Development Project

Units 1 and 2 are Pass only. The overall qualification is graded on Unit 3 and is Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The following focused areas are included in the module delivery but are not exclusive and can be tailored to your needs:

  • Recording skills
  • Mixing skills
  • Mastering
  • Live sound and recording
  • Audio synthesis
  • In-the-box electronic music production
  • Music for film, TV & gaming
  • Foley and broadcast audio.

 

You will attend the South Downs Campus two to three days a week for 30 weeks for lectures and practical work with some learning taking place remotely via demonstrations/webinars and online lectures.

A balance between practical and research/ lecture-based learning will help guide you with a well-balanced programme. In most cases in order to capture the essence of the programme, you will declare yourself as a professional trader.

All of your lecturers on the programme are fully qualified and are all continuously working in the industry in their specialist fields.

Resources include access to Higher Education only study areas and a nationally recognised music department with resources including:

  • 4 x Apple Mac suites running Logic Pro X, Ableton
  • 2 x industry-standard recording studios (Genelec, AKG, UAD, Native Instruments, PMC, Motu, Rhode, Roland, Mackie, Yamaha, Alesis) – we are always developing partnerships with manufacturers and brands, so great discounts on equipment are always available to you
  • Podcast rooms
  • 3 x production hot rooms
  • 4 x production rehearsal rooms fully kitted out with Backline
  • 2 x theory rooms, acoustically tuneable recital, performance/production room
  • Technical Team support.

 

You will be continuously assessed through a range of assessments, technical and creative projects and collaborations.

Through working as a professional in your chosen specialism, opportunities for learners and assessors are gained to achieve your goals.

Progression can include employment (including self-employment) and/or progression to Higher Education. In some circumstances, this year’s study/qualification can act as the first year of a full three year degree programme at an alternative Higher Education provider.

The course has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your career as a creative professional. This qualification will provide you with an opportunity to cultivate your employability by developing your creative, technical and production skills in your specialist field.

Alumni from HSDC Higher Education music courses include BBC National Radio broadcasters, Victorious Festival owners and employees, Asgard Tour Management and Stevie Wonder Road technicians, to name a few.

All of your lecturers on the programme are fully qualified and are all continuously working in the industry in their specialist fields. Expect a variety of guest talks and lectures from industry professionals, for example, Andy Schepps – Producer for Adele and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.


The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student