Course Code: VA1HE24 UCAS Code: W390 Music Technology - HNC Duration1 Year Day/s of weekTuesday Wednesday and Friday Time09:45 - 15:30 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 12 Sep 2022 University Centre 1 Year / £7,000 Apply now 12 Sep 2023 University Centre 1 Year / £9,000 Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course Summary The live music production industry spans a range of music, events and entertainment contexts. Live events range from local and regional to global settings with audience sizes ranging from small groups to hundreds of thousands. The UK live events and entertainment industry is world class and following the period of inactivity brought about by the pandemic there are significant growth opportunities emerging. Locally, there are many tangible prospects for musicians, music technologists, sound engineers, sound designers and producers that seek to begin or re-establish their careers. Entry Requirements For applicants who have recently been in education, the entry profile will typically include one of the following: A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Music A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or equivalent), and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English Other related Level 3 qualifications An Access to Higher Education Diploma in Music For non-traditional applicants, the following will also be considered on a case by case basis Related work experience An international equivalent of the above. RPL may also be considered in accordance with the awarding body’s regulations What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? The Music Industry VA4MD056 No Marketing and Promotion for Musicians VA4MD057 No Professional Development VA4MD058 No Applied Sound Principles VA4MD059 No Recording Technology VA4MD060 No Creative Software Techniques VA4MD061 No Music Production Fundamentals VA4MD062 No Live Sound Techniques VA4MD063 No Modules/Subjects Covered At Level 4, students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the music industry through three Core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are: Unit 1: The Music Industry Introduces students to the structure of the industry, focussing on revenue flows, employment opportunities, business activities and growth potential. Students will analyse income streams of various areas and assess which revenue streams are relevant to their own personal career goals. Unit 2: Marketing and Promotion for Musicians (Pearson-set unit) This unit provides students with knowledge that will form a ‘toolkit’ of information about freelancing and marketing activities they can use to further their career in the music industry. These ‘tools’ include offline techniques, such as effective networking, as well as online and social media marketing. Students will investigate and research the relative merits of each of these tools, helping them to evaluate the most suitable marketing activities for their area of practice, as they embark on the journey as an industry professional. Unit 3: Professional Development For employment in in the music industry to be successful and sustainable, today’s professional is often versatile and enterprising, maintaining a portfolio career in which they can fully exploit their complete range of skills. Knowledge of professional strengths and identity is the first step towards building a strategy that will inform the student’s route towards professionalism. Students will explore the many potential avenues of employment that relate to their specialism, build an awareness of how to present themselves to the market place and embark on the journey of professional development. Unit 12: Applied Sound Principles This unit explores the characteristics and underlying physics of sound waves, wave propagation and how sound is interpreted by human beings. In addition, key concepts of acoustic principles will be analysed and creatively applied, to produce a range of samples and reverb responses that can be used in variety of music and sound design projects. Unit 13: Recording Technology The aim of this unit is to provide students with the knowledge of the techniques used by sound engineers and music producers when using technology to record audio sources. While they will learn fundamental recording techniques, they will also learn how to use recording technology in creative ways. Studio setup procedures will be explored as well as the factors that affect the quality that audio is recorded at. Studio techniques will be investigated allowing students to explore the recording equipment used by industry professionals, which can further be developed towards live, studio, location and broadcast sound. Unit 14: Creative Software Techniques This unit explores the creative possibilities within different Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). It assumes a basic level of knowledge but will build on this in areas such as MIDI sequencing and virtual instruments, Audio recording and editing, software synths and ‘mixing within the box’ using software mixers. It will also start to build an awareness of the strengths of certain DAWs in certain areas such as composing, producing, sequencing, audio production and editing and post-production. Unit 16: Music Production Fundamentals This unit introduces the skills needed to record, produce, mix and master creative ideas within a framework of current studio and industry practice. The unit will develop a core level of ability across a range of connected fields, providing a platform for progression through self-directed learning or further study. It aims to explore these concepts through practical work as much as possible and encourages a professional approach to technology and workflow. Unit 20: Live Sound Techniques The unit will build students’ knowledge of the practicalities involved in setting up and operating a sound reinforcement system for live music. Students will be assessed on their knowledge of planning, setting up, and operating an appropriate live sound system, as well as their ability to operate the equipment to achieve a distortion and feedback-free front-of- house (FOH) mix for the audience and stage monitor mix for the artist. Guest speakers and field trips In addition to the expertise of the curriculum team, experts from industry will be used to present a lecture/seminar, a workshop or to contribute to assessment brief scenarios. Blackpool and the Fylde’s vibrant events and music scene provides great opportunities to schedule field trips which have direct relevance to the syllabus and which would add value to the learning experience. Through these trips students could relate theory to practice, have an opportunity to experience organisations in action, and potentially open their minds to career routes. Learning and Teaching Methods You will learn in wide variety of ways to ensure you are given the best chance to succeed and reach your potential. Students will be encouraged to develop their creative practice with tasks that push them to try new things and implement various techniques in a variety of scenarios. Another theme will be professional development, the students will be supported in the acquisition of a range of valuable ‘soft’ skills such as communication, negotiation, collaboration and organisation, and these will be embedded within the curriculum. How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 100% 0% 0% Exam 0% 0% 0% Practical 0% 0% 0% Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 480 0 0 Independent 480 0 0 Placement 0 0 0 Total 960 0 0 Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Other costs and equipment needed The programme requires access to industry standard equipment and software, all of which will be provided by the college, although students are required to purchase a good quality pair of headphones and a hard drive with a minimum of 500GB capacity. Other Costs and Equipment Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Career Options and Progression Careers Students may seek employment upon completion, the level four HNC experience provides a strong platform to secure industry based employment examples include: Studio session musician £25,000 Live session musician £25,000 Sound design assistant £25,000 Music producer £20,500 Music promoter £17,000 Further Study The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in music, which the students can build on, should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. Students can progress onto a specialist pathway at Level 5.