Professional Music Production
UAL Level 4 Diploma
This one year UAL Level 4 Professional Music Production course and 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.
Take the opportunity to become a practising professional in your chosen pathway.
- Type of study
- Full-Time, Higher Education
- Examination board
Availability & Details
To study on this course you will need 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
- Live sound and recording
- Audio synthesis
- In-the-box electronic music production
- Music for film, TV & gaming
- Foley and broadcast audio
You will attend 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. Expect a variety of guest talks and lectures from industry professionals, for example, Andy Schepps – Producer for Adele and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
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 & creative projects and collaborations.
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, Stevie Wonder Road Technicians, to name a few.
Future Career Opportunities
College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.Ebony Puttock, A Level student
College has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student
My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.Lottie Warren, A Level student