Professional Music Production

UAL Level 4 Diploma

students working with music tech equipment

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

Venue
South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Full Time, Higher Education

Dates
Academic Year 2022-23 (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.

 

Cost: £4,670 (free if under 19 years old).

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.

It’s now possible to progress directly from successfully completing this course on to Year 2 of an Arts degree, allowing you to save money by not paying the first-year university fees. Progression to a full degree is available through Solent University, joining for the 2nd and 3rd years. Meaning that the first year of your degree will be free if you are under 19 or significantly reduced if you are over 19.

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.


My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student