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HNC Diploma in Music (Production)

For 2018 start

Cornwall College | dBs Music dBs Bristol LEVEL: 4 Music & Performing Arts

This HNC in Music Production is suitable for those interested in either classic music production, contemporary electronic music creation or both and it will provide you with an advanced skill set in recording and music production techniques. There are core music related modules that cover key aspects of studio production, synthesis, listening aesthetics, mastering and creative music production.

While no less rigorous than a BA (Hons) pathway, the HNC is more vocational, with most assignments written to either reflect industry practice or enable you to build a professional portfolio of work. Successful completion of the HNC Music (Production) programme will enable you to top-up to the HND.

Taught at dBs Music’s premier training centre in Bristol, you will find industry experienced staff, excellent equipment and a relaxed learning environment. dBs Bristol has state-of-the-art facilities including professional studios and our classic API mixing desk, a full range of packages like Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Logic X and the very latest software plug-ins.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BA (Hons) Music Production (top-up) with dBs Music at the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


Possible Careers 

– Music Producer
– Recording Engineer
– Mixing Engineer
– Mastering Engineer
– Sound Designer (Music and Multi-media)
– Live Performance Practitioner

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: W300
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Pearson
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-levels or relevant Level 3 qualifications. Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English language and maths. A show reel or portfolio of work will also be required at interview.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Indicative Module Year 1

  • Music Technology
  • Studio Recording & Engineering
  • Music in Context
  • Sound Creation & Manipulation
  • Principles of Musical Sound
  • Creative Arts Research Skills
  • Audio Post Production
  • Music Production Analysis

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Music Studio Production
  • Critical Music Listening
  • Audio Mastering & Manufacture
  • Preparation, Process & Production in the Creative Arts
  • Work-based Experience
  • Public Performance Technology
  • Applied Music Production Techniques
  • Research Project

*Modules are subject to change and availability


HNC Diploma in Music (Production)

Start Date



dBs Bristol


2 years full-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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