Higher National Diploma (HND) Professional Performance Practice (Music Production, Music Performance)
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Do you aspire to run your own music label, studio or company or have a great idea for a music arts business or project?
Do you want to keep developing your vocational skill as an instrumentalist, composer, producer, technician etc?
Do you want to work in the Music, Music Production and Performing Arts industry but don’t know where you fit in?
HND Professional Performance Practice is a programme designed with our industry partners to not just develop your craft at the next level, but also to give you the opportunities and experience of applying your skills in a professional environment, ultimately with a view to setting up your own enterprise.
There is a perception that sustainable employment in the Music, Production and Performing Arts sector is based solely on chance – this is not the case.
There are many small to medium sized enterprises thriving, not only in the region but nationally, due to vision, drive and expertise. These businesses include record labels, production or live sound/lighting companies.
We have spent time consulting with our industry partners to develop a programme that allows you to build on the skills you have, provides an opportunity for you to gain experience applying them in the real world and gives you the understanding to develop and launch your own business.
The qualification is structured under 3 broad areas for development:
Develop your personal practical skills at the next level, through workshops, masterclasses, independent and group work.
There are 5 specialisms to choose from across the 2 Professional Performance Practice qualitifications:
• Music Performance
• Studio Technology
• Production Arts
Whatever your specialist vocational area you will need to develop a CV through credible industry application of your skill. You will work on internal and external projects, producing work for potential employers from schools to the live commissions of industry partners.
Do you aspire to run your own label or maybe a dance/theatre company? We will enhance your entrepreneurial spirit and channel it into developing your own business model.
You will develop the knowhow to set up and sustain your own enterprise, from applying for funding to completing your tax return. Don’t consider your second year as your last year of education, think of it as your first year in the industry!
This is a vocational qualification so you will learn by doing – experience is key.
Key activities include:
Developing your vocational skills at level 4/5 through workshops, masterclasses and practical seminars
You may be involved with designing workshops, projects or fulfilling commissions - given that many creatives will teach at some point in their career this will inevitably include some educational practice.
You will learn to develop and deliver sessions, workshops and work as a
This is about how you use your vocational skills to successfully complete projects, live briefs or commissions.
You will produce a major project or your own design within your vocational field; this project may require you to engage with other college stucents to be your ‘staff’, talent or performers.
You will develop an understanding of managing finances including bidding for funding and managing budgets etc.
Creating a business plan is a necessary skill that you will develop in relation to projects and enterprise as well health and safety management.
You will learn how to deliver a successful pitch to your desired audience – your major project could depend on it!
The success of your business is dependent on your mastery of marketing including website creation and using social media to promote your business etc.
We have developed 'CoLab' to make the best use of our industry specification resources so that you can work within integrated creative teams to fulfil your brief – this could be dancers, musicians, actors, composers/arrangers, production arts specialists, technical theatre practitioners, media etc.
This programme has a dual progression opportunity – onto a level 6 programme with one of our partner institutions or straight out into the industry.
We will enhance your entrepreneurial spirit and channel it into developing your own business model. You will develop the know-how to set up and sustain your own enterprise, from applying for funding to completing your tax return. Don’t consider your second year as your last year of education, think of it as your first year in the industry.
The fee shown is the price for each year of study. For example, if the course lasts for one year, this is the full fee you will pay. If the course lasts for one or more years, this is the fee you will pay for each year. There may be additional costs for kit, equipment or study resources which we will let you know about at your interview.
If you need help with finance, there are loans available that you can apply
for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs, if you are studying
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Please note: Courses will run subject to sufficient student numbers.
Some units are subject to change depending on industry requirements.
Sometimes planned delivery is subject to change, for example moving to remote learning. If this is the case we will clearly communicate this to you beforehand.
You can choose how you would like to apply to this course. You can either start your application to us directly by selecting the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page. Or you can choose to apply through UCAS atwww.ucas.com. The institution code for Gateshead College is G09 and the course code for this course is PPP1 (Music Performance or PPP2 (Music Production).