Develop music industry experience running your own indie record label for a year – working towards recording, mixing and mastering commercial level music, producing physical vinyl records alongside digital content for commercial release, and organising a launch event (or small tour even) to showcase live performances of artists on the label.
The course is highly practical and you’ll be encouraged to work independently, use your initiative, and develop your knowledge around the issues of working freelance, starting a music business, and entrepreneurial practice. Producing music for the label and working collaboratively with others are key activities.
You will also gain hands-on experience in other areas such as:
- ‘Live Sound’ - working as a team, gaining engineering skills setting up PA and operating sound equipment in live venues
- ‘Music Event Management’ - including planning, business development, financial management, logistics, promotion and marketing
- Running the Record Label’ - producing and promoting products to the public; including branding, styling, imagery, on-line presence, video creation, finance, business planning and accounting
Students have the option to focus on different job roles within the record label structure to ensure they work effectively as a team.
- Music Event Management
- Recording Technology
- Creative Software Techniques
- Music Production Fundamentals
- Sound Engineering Fundamentals
- Creative Synthesis Techniques
- Live Sound Techniques
- Composition with Technology
- Arranging and Remixing
Different software DAW platforms taught including Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and Native Instruments Maschine, including plug-in suites from NI Ultimate, and Waves.
The latest label artwork was designed by our existing Level 3 students:
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Start: 1st October 2019
Fees / reductions:
Tuition fee: £8,250
The tuition fee is per year.
Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.
Pearson HNC Music Level 4
You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:
Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area.
You must be able to demonstration a keen interest in contemporary music. You may be invited to an interview/audition and to provide a portfolio or showreel of your recent work.
Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.
Work is assessed on a continuous basis. There are no examinations.
You can expect to pursue a career in music performance, production or promotion, or continue to higher-level study.
We have links with local, national and international companies who look for skilled graduates to join their organisations.
Our end of year show is the ideal opportunity to your work to talent scouts from the industry.
Nottingham College has the highest student satisfaction rates of colleges in the East Midlands- 2018/19 National Student Survey
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