HNC Music | NSCG - Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group
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Course overview

The HNC in Music is taught by experienced industry professionals and will empower you to develop a variety of practical based skills. The aim is to support you to build a wide portfolio based career, in line with a freelance creative skill set.

You will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the music industry through three core units:

Unit 1: The Music Industry
Unit 2: Marketing and Promotion
for Musicians
Unit 3: Professional Development

You will also study 5 optional units (which are selected in collaboration with students). These could include:

> Music Performance
> Instrumental Technique
> The International Music Market
> Arranging and Remixing
> The Live Music Business
> Songwriting
> Recording technology
> Mixing and mastering

What else do I need to know?

You will be expected to work with live briefs producing/writing music and performing live in a variety of venues etc that mirrors occupations within the industry by collaborating with other musicians to produce practical based evidence for your qualification.
You will develop your independent resilience as a creative practitioner and network with employers and
venues in order to support your progression.

What are the entry requirements?

Students will need to have completed a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma or A Levels. The College also welcomes applications from mature students and those with relevant experience but without formal qualifications. All prospective students will be auditioned and interviewed, where you will be asked to perform a music piece or provide a composition of music.

How is it assessed?

This course is entirely coursework based. It is taught as separate units of study that explore different areas of the modern music industry. You will be assessed continuously throughout the year as you complete each task within a unit of study. Tasks vary and include practical work, written reports, presentations and performances.

What financial support is on offer?

There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £26,575. If you earn less than that, you won’t have to repay anything. If you’re earning more than that, we’ll work out your repayments at 9% of your income over that amount. Maintenance loans are only available to students studying on a full-time basis. They are not available for students studying on a part-time basis. For full details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

Example employment opportunities secured by HNC/D Music Graduates include:

> Signed recording artists performing at events such as Glastonbury and Boomtown

> Live touring musicians playing with bands such as The Twang

> Monitor Engineers for acts such as Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and The One Hundreds

> DJs with residencies in a range of clubs, including in Dubai

> Freelance Composers with work used in Channel 4 programmes

> Crew for Live Events for artists such as Paloma Faith, Blondie and Elbow

> Setting up and running your own studio

> Working in radio

Music & Performing Arts

Course not right for you?

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