Our HND Sound Production course is structured over 2 years, and on successful completion, our students leave not only with a shiny new HND Certificate, but also a professional industry ready portfolio and a unique insight into the modern sound production industries.
Our HND framework prepares our candidates for a career across many modern disciplines with the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of interest, enabling them to have a focussed and relevant set of skills befitting of an industry professional.
Some examples of career paths our students can focus on include:
- Sound Engineer (music, broadcast, new media, live sound, conference)
- Sound Designer (multimedia, TV, Film, Games)
- Programmer (In the context of music production)
- Audio Technician (broadcast, studio, conference and events)
Our students and Staff are held in high regard by Universities and employers; we always aim to deliver the best possible and most relevant learning experience, utilising our extensive equipment and recording areas.
Our students have a working, practical knowledge not only of the latest digital approach to audio, through use of Ableton Live and Pro Tools software, but also analogue, through our comprehensive, hybrid studio facilities, enabling them to utilise the best of both analogue and digital worlds.
Production students also have the benefit of working alongside our Music Performance students, enabling them to forge links with Scotland’s next generation of musical talent. This creates an invaluable environment in which to work as we foster key networking skills between both disciplines, and ensures that the work produced in-house is of the highest possible quality as students from across our courses liaise and support each other.
Every unit in our Sound Production framework is selected and designed to provide our students with the most relevant educational experience in consideration of their future music industry career.
HND Year 1 - Course Content
Designed to give students an understanding of recording and manipulating audio and MIDI signals for Sound Production using digital audio workstations. Taught using Ableton Live, this unit provides students with the underpinning knowledge and skills required to use the main functions of a digital audio workstation, and to take a sound production project to a conclusion by creating an edited pre-production master, incorporating critical listening.
Designed to develop practical skills and knowledge and understanding of Sound Production theory and practice preparing students for future use of technology and techniques.
Taught in a hybrid analogue/digital environment, across both Studio 1 and Studio 2, students will develop an understanding of how sound behaves in a range of environments and will be able to connect and test audio systems before recording and reproducing a range of sources.
GET INDUSTRY READY - This unit is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in sound production where the use of technology is a key component of the job, such as; recording, sound reinforcement, television, radio, audio visual and multi-media.
The purpose of this unit is to familiarise students with the principles and practice of multi-track recording and mixing, allowing the learner to develop skills in a typical studio environment in response to a client brief.
GET INDUSTRY READY - Working in tandem with our Music Performance students in studio 2, using Pro Tools to record and produce high quality multi-track recordings and mix downs, students will develop an understanding of the processes involved in recording and mixing multi-track sessions, whilst effectively working with clients. The unit is designed for students who wish to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in a recording studio environment within the Sound Production field.
Giving students a broad understanding of copyright, collection societies and contract agreements related to the field of Sound Production, this unit also enables students to become familiar with a spreadsheet application to manage the administration of basic financial information, and develop resources in preparation for employment and an interview. Students will have the opportunity to create a budget for a small production project.
GET INDUSTRY READY - This unit fosters the entrepreneurial skills that a freelance professional requires in the modern industry to secure employment, or set up self employment.
The purpose of this unit is to develop skills and knowledge relating to the use of sound reinforcement equipment used at live events (music, vocal, audio visual events etc.)
GET INDUSTRY READY - Develops skills such as communication, planning, organisation and working with others - students work directly with our Performance students in our live event space.
Students will gain an understanding of the technical processes and creative methods involved in the editing, manipulation and re-mixing of audio for music production. The development of re-mixing from the mid 20th century until the present day will also be studied to enable a clear understanding of its role in audio production.
GET INDUSTRY READY - Perfect for those who wish to develop skills and knowledge in audio engineering and who plan a career in audio production.
This unit provides students with practical experience of the uses of audio within specific multimedia contexts.
GET INDUSTRY READY - Audio for Multimedia introduces students to the use of audio within multimedia applications, film and/or TV as an area of potential employment.
The graded unit is designed to provide evidence that the student has achieved the following principal aims of HND Sound Production (Year 1):
- An ability to analyse and synthesise knowledge and skills acquired through study.
- An ability to develop study, organisational and research skills.
- An ability to integrate sound production skills in practical and/or employability contexts.
- To enable progression to further study in sound production or a related discipline.
- An ability to develop personal skills and follow evolving industry practices
The Creative Project is designed to enable candidates to develop expertise in the generation, development, completion and presentation of a project to a given brief, for an elected vocational area of the creative industries. This project acts as a ‘showcase’ to display skills and knowledge being acquired throughout the group award.
GET INDUSTRY READY - Learners will plan and produce a portfolio of work that could be used to showcase their ability in, for example, a job application or interview situation for either employment or further study.
Both Graded Unit and Creative project work in tandem to enable candidates to work on a project that will see them specialise in a discipline of their choosing, both these units revolve around the culmination of a years learning and are delivered as a large project for which they will receive an end of year grade.
HND Year 2 - Course Content
This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop an understanding, and to demonstrate their practical ability, of the processes involved in multi-track recording, mixing and mastering. It provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to plan and conduct a multi-track recording session, to complete a fully automated mix-down and to create a production quality final master. It is primarily intended to complement skills developed in other areas of sound capture, processing, mix-down and editing. It is aimed at those who plan a career in sound production as engineer or producer.
This Unit is designed to develop candidates’ skills in the design and use of audio within multimedia artifacts. The overall context of this Unit has been developed to give a detailed and practical insight into the planning, development, creation and application of audio use within a multimedia context. This Unit is intended for candidates hoping to pursue a career in audio production for multimedia artifacts.
This Unit is designed to give candidates a clear knowledge and understanding of the principles of digital audio theory and of the processes behind practical digital audio work. This Unit is intended primarily for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in all aspects of sound production.
This Unit is designed to give the candidate an advanced level of understanding of digital audio workstation operation and the ability to engineer a multi-track recording session for sound production. It will give the candidate the knowledge required to utilise complex functions and the synchronous running of dual applications in a digital audio workstation. It is also designed to give the candidate the knowledge and skills to take a sound production project to a conclusion by creating an edited production master. It is intended for those wishing to develop a career in sound production.
This Unit is primarily designed to raise awareness of management and legal issues associated with working in the audio and sound production industries. It is intended to expand the candidate's knowledge of management and law and its application within industry and will develop knowledge gained in the HN Unit: Working in the Creative Industries (DJ3A 34). It will help prepare candidates who intend taking up administrative or managerial roles within the industry and will provide an in-depth understanding of management skills and the functions of contracts and intellectual property as applied within the industry.
This Unit is designed to give candidates a clear knowledge and advanced understanding of sound production practice. It will prepare them to undertake complex recording tasks, from a brief, by providing them with the practical skills involved in the spatial miking, recording and accurate replay of audio sources. This Unit is intended primarily for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in sound production.
This Unit is designed to give candidates a clear knowledge and advanced understanding of sound production theory. It will prepare them for any practical sound recording by underpinning key sound production knowledge. This Unit is intended primarily for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in sound production.
The purpose of this Unit is to extend and develop the experience of candidates who have completed the HN Unit Sound Production: Sound Reinforcement 1 (DJ38 34). Candidates will develop a wider knowledge of sound reinforcement technologies whilst extending their system set-up and test techniques. The Unit is also designed to further develop candidates’ awareness of the variety of sound reinforcement technologies currently available and apply the correct techniques necessary for high-power amplification to a variety of sound sources. Candidates will also develop rigorous techniques for system equalisation utilising knowledge from the HN Unit Acoustics 1 (DJ1W 34). This Unit is intended primarily for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in sound production.
This Unit is designed to provide evidence through portfolio and presentation that the candidate has achieved the following principal aims of the HND Sound Production:
- an ability to analyse and synthesise knowledge and skills acquired through study
- an ability to develop study, organisational and research skills
- an ability to develop proficiency in the creative and use of sound production technology and applications
- an ability to integrate these skills in practical or business application and reflect on this integration
- an ability to develop competencies in a range of specialised areas in line with their preferred career aims
- an ability to develop critical analysis; to reflect on own work and continually strive for best practice
- to enable progression to further study in sound or a related discipline
- to enable the adoption of innovative practices and creativity in work and ability to respond quickly to the challenges posed by changes in the sound production and audio industries
- an ability to develop personal skills and follow audio industry protocol
Fees & Funding
Riverside offers flexible payment options for students wishing to pay fees via our SAAS and non-SAAS funded instalment plans. Eligible students can also apply for living cost support via SAAS, who have a combination of loans, grants and bursaries available. Student loans of up to £6,750.00 and bursaries of £2,000.00 are available depending on individual circumstances. For further details please check the SAAS website.
Minimum of one Higher (band C or above), PLUS passes in two other subjects at NAT 5 or equivalent.
2 Years (HNC can be obtained after one academic year) August - June (full time)