• Music and Sound

    Introduction to Sound Production

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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If you’re interested in the creative industries and in particular sound production, this course is a great place to start.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in the creative industries, especially music or theatre production
  • Three National 4s or equivalent OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This is an exciting and hugely popular course aimed at creative types who like a bit of tech. Incorporating an NPA qualification, it will give you basic skills in sound production and a great foundation for further study.

You’ll learn using world class equipment and the latest industry software, including Pro Tools, Ableton and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencing. Your assessments will be based on real-life products in post and music production, in a variety of genres.

The main focus of the course is on sound design, and sound engineering and production.

  • You’ll look at sound design in visual media and will develop skills in collecting and using sound elements for a visual media sequence, such as one used for a computer game, animation or multi-media presentation.
  • You’ll develop practical and creative sound engineering and production skills in using multi-track recording equipment to record and mix different sources of audio.
  • You’ll also look at the different sectors within the creative industries and the range of jobs available. We’ll help you develop your own skills for employment too.
  • You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

Almost all students as part of their bursary funding, will receive a production bundle of equipment including microphones, digital recorders and high end headphones when they join and succeed in this course.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as NC Sound Production – Recording
  • Exploring your future career options in the music/sound industry offers a wide variety of careers including: Live Sound Engineer, Studio Engineer, Broadcast Sound Recordist, Producer, Music Remixer, DJ, Freelance Music Producer, Sound Designer, Dubbing Mixer, Sound Editor, Electronic Music Producer, Guitar/Drum Technician, Tour Manager, Performer, Songwriter, Arranger, Event Organiser.


  • Your music, your label - see how Sun Turtle Records can help get your music out there. Click here to read the blog.


  • Be wowed by our End of Year Show - Creative Candy features students from across the department including fashion, music, sound production and performing arts. Click here to watch the video.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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