This Music Production degree level course 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. You will study for an HNC in year 1 and can progress to HND in year 2.

While no less rigorous than a BA (Hons) pathway, the HNC/D Degree is more vocational, with most assignments written to either reflect industry practice or enable you to build a professional portfolio of work. You can also top it up to a full BA (Hons) with one further year of full-time study.

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Based at our brand new media facility in the heart of Bristol, boasting 10 fully equipped studios, massive live room, Foley studio, surround sound suite and a 40-seater lecture theatre/cinema, home to a 5:1 Genelec Surround Sound system.  Whether it’s our classic mixing desks, the very latest software plug-ins or our mountain of hardware, you are guaranteed to get your hands on practical experience on the very best industry standard gear. Our Bristol HE Centre is the only education facility in the UK to house an API 1608 Recording Console - this means that our students are the only UK students that can qualify for the API Visionary Scholarship Program.


This course includes modules on:

Year 1

  • Creative Music Production Techniques
  • Sampling & Synthesis
  • Music & Sound for Visual Media
  • Music in Context
  • Principles of Sound & Listening
  • Recording Techniques

Year 2

  • Advanced Mixing Techniques
  • Mastering
  • Professional Practice
  • Research Skills
  • Technology in Music Performance
  • Option Module 1: Analogue Production Techniques
  • Option Module 2: Electronic Music Production

The equipment is state of the art and kept very well with help and support whenever you need it...working with such talented people in the industry is so helpful
— Amanda Wall, Current Student


Just like all dBs Music degree programmes this course will really help you carve out a satisfying career in the music industry.  Former students have gone on to work at leading studios like Abbey Road, some have set up their own commercial studios, many produce and compose their own work.  

Some of the potential roles this type of training can lead to:

  • Producer
  • Studio Engineer
  • Musician/Recording Artist
  • Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Management
  • Studio Owner
  • Record Label Owner


This course is for the incredibly focused and ambitious student who wants to enter the industry at the highest level.

UCAS Points: 48 UCAS Points

Applicants also must have GCSE English Language and Maths at C or above. Other similar qualifications may be considered on an individual basis.

If you fall short of these qualifications you might want to consider our ACCESS TO HE course.


Applications for this course are through UCAS.

Course Code: W300

Institution Code: C78 (Cornwall College)



Course fees for 2017/18 £7500 per year

Most students will be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of your course, there are also grants and loans available to help you cover living costs too.

We understand that figuring out student finance can be a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call. Alternatively visit gov.uk/student-finance/overview for information and guidance on completing your application.


Bristol offer's a varied range of accommodation options for students, to help with your search you can find our guide and recommendations here.

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