The 2 year course (HNC as year 1) includes pathway-specific tuition with professional musicians. Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the music industry and get the opportunity network, and to perform and organise gigs in collaboration with other musicians. Students will get the chance to compose, arrange and record their own music using industry standard software, and get exclusive access to our Higher Education enrichment programme and masterclasses.
Year 1 (HNC)
Music History 1
Creative Industries Infrastructure
Music First Study 1: Instrument
Live Performance Skills
Music: Instrumental Accompaniment (Glasgow)
Graded Unit 1: Music
Music Theory 1
Stagecraft for Musicians
Working in Creative Industries
Music Second Study 1: Composition
Music Sequencing (Edinburgh)
Music First Study 2: Instrument
Graded Unit 2: Music
Music Industry Digital Communication
Music: Live Performance Skills 2
Music: Session Skills
Music for the Visual Arts
Music and Image for Video
Music Research Project
Instrumental Instruction: An Introduction
Music Second Study 2: Composition
Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries
NEW: Hip-Hop and Rap pathway option
Many of our students are now working in music, find out more on our alumni page. There are countless career opportunities for musicians including performing, writing and recording music, releasing music on streaming platforms, teaching, radio & TV production and more. During the HND, besides industry networking, students will gain transferable skills like communication, personal development and teamwork. Students can progress to a BA (Hons) top-up at Level 6.
So many of us have lost out on gigs and opportunities this year, and while things are difficult, a music qualification might just be the edge you need. Those after something a little different from a music qualification look no further than our fast-track HNC scheme. The partially SAAS funded HNC in Music (at Edinburgh only) is specifically designed to help musicians get ahead and give them an edge in a competitive industry, and could be the perfect opportunity for those musicians feeling a little lost this year.
Through our Fast-Track scheme you can get a qualification in just 7 months, fast-tracking your way to the start of a HND starting in Autumn 2021 – your ticket to getting a full degree in just one third of the time. With the sector facing some of its biggest ever challenges, this might just be the ideal time to expand your skill set, and develop your expertise. Because if not now… When?