Course Type: Full Time,Higher Education

Higher National Diploma (HND) Popular Music

  • Course Code AAA0831
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Daytime
  • Start Date 17th September 2018
  • Fee Year 1: £5,995
    Year 2: £5,995
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This programme is aimed at musicians looking for all-round music training with a strong emphasis on work based learning and skills development across a wide range of subjects.

We want you to be job ready when you leave us and able to put what you have learned into practice. Relevant and high quality work experience placements, employer mentoring, networking and commercial projects will help you to do this and are an important part of your study programme.

Networking is an essential part of working in music and the North East of England offers many business opportunities. including events and festivals, cultural activities and projects, educational establishments, tourism, professional music services and more. The teaching team can help you make these connections.

Previous students have gone on to work as musicians both locally and around the world, Our graduates work on cruises, tour theatres and prestigious venues, work as songwriters, are professional performers and writers for labels, run whole music schools and teach music.

You will have the opportunity to take part in fantastic work based learning projects and workshops in performing, songwriting, technology, production, teaching, writing music and to build your technical skills in music theory, score preparation and aural perception.

This programme has been designed around developing a broad range of skills and knowledge that will prepare you to be entrepreneurial and desirable within the industry. The units encourage creative exploration as well as prepare you for work in both the freelance and employed areas of the industry.

Assessment for all units is based on coursework, and you’ll get plenty of opportunity to practice the skills you learn. The course features digital studio provision and you’ll have access to individual music technology workstations, and rehearsal facilities.

Assessment is used to monitor progress, measure attainment, maintain standards, and determine progression and award grades to student performance. Assessment is student-centred serving to motivate, promote learning and enable you to gauge your progress. Assessment methods include: assignments, group presentations, case studies, portfolios of practice evidence and on-screen tasks/testing.

You'll be given constructive feedback throughout your programme meaning when it comes to assessment, you will be fully prepared.

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run all advertised programmes, this programme will run subject to suitable student numbers.


The place of study

Our fantastic Baltic Campus is equipped with some of the best education facilities in the UK. And with industry standard recording studios, rehearsal spaces and a custom built 150 capacity performance theatre, all our music courses are well catered for.

Our facilities are recognised as being among the best in the country. This is one of the reasons that we were chosen as a founder college of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural (NSACC), a national network of colleges, companies and venues around the country that aim to improve the skill level within the Creative Industries.

Music and Music Technology are based within the Lower ground floor of the Purpose-built Baltic Campus. This building is equipped with excellent studios, teaching rooms, study areas, sequencing/score publishing workstations and rehearsal rooms.

The campus also offers an excellent library and resource centre, a theatre and open public performance areas as well as meeting rooms and canteen/bistro. All students undertake performances both within the college and in the community in local venues such as theatres, pubs, private clubs, schools and other places. As a student, you are able to make use of many facilities such as the union, sports activities, other courses, student advice centre and access fund as well as those areas mentioned above.

An interview is required, an audition is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

By continual observation of your practical work, projects, assignments, oral and written questions

How will I be taught?

The course is very practical, and is delivered by tutors with a wealth of experience.

Qualifications needed

96 Tariff points and grade GCSE English Language and maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C). You must also pass an audition designed to assess your practical skills.

Mature applicants without qualifications but with equivalent experience and knowledge may apply. Suitability will be determined at an interview.

Required experience

You'll need to have some musical ability on your chosen instrument. The application process includes an audition.

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk