HND MUSIC BUSINESS
Do you want to be … managing an exciting, though challenging, career in a diverse and rapidly evolving, multi-billion-pound industry?
Which industry? The Music Industry, of course. Do you see yourself discovering the next big act or artiste to take the music industry by storm? Do you fancy a career in artist management, music promotion, A&R, a record company…?
Yes? Then read on…
Join the HND Music Business at GKC and you’ll be one of the lucky ones to benefit from studying on our award-winning programme.
What you need to qualify for entry...
There are a number of ways you can come to us. If you have either:
- a minimum of 1 SQA Highers (grade C pass or above, e.g., in a business-related subject/ English/ Modern Studies etc.) or
- a relevant NQ/NC programme at level 6 or
- learners with experience but no formal qualifications will be considered on merit.
- Mature learners without formal qualifications are most welcome. If you don’t have an equivalent qualification, relevant industry experience will be taken into account.
- An appropriate level of English/Literacy is required from all applicants. Where English is not your first language, you must have a minimum level 6 (higher) ESOL or equivalent
Entry directly to year two of the HND Music Business is possible; you need to have achieved at least 15 credits from year one of the Music Business from another centre to do so.
- Music Industry
- Music Law
- Music Industry Marketing and Promotion
- Budgeting and Accounts
- Research Project
- Music History Genres, Record Labels and Artists
- Releasing a Record
- Live Music Industry
- Music and Image: Graphics
- Music Publishing
- Music Business Communication Skills
- Running a Live Music Event
- Graded Unit 1.
- Running a Record Company
- Cultural Studies
- Digital Distribution
- Professional Development Project
- Music Business: Start Ups
- Music Law
- Music and Image: Video
- Tour Management
- Music History
- Graded Unit 2.
2 Academic Years - 1 (HNC) or 2 (HND).
August - June.
Applicants wishing to study on a part-time basis will be considered and should provide information on this in their personal statement and at interview.
Successful learners can progress to 2nd or 3rd year of a degree programme (e.g., at UHI, UWS, Westminster). We currently have an articulation agreement with UHI Perth Campus.
Alternatively, you could seek employment in many branches of the Music Industry.
“In 2006 I had little idea of what I wanted to do with my professional life other than a notion, which seemed fanciful at best, to work in the music industry.
My journey from the college under the guidance of estimable mentors such as Ken McCluskey has taken me from Glasgow to Chicago and to London in music marketing roles with Tennent's Lager (Glasgow), Thrill Jockey Records (Chicago) and currently FUGA (London). In addition to that, I've managed a number of artists local and international - Casual Sex (Moshi Moshi Records), Shiny Darkly (Crunchy Frog Recordings) and Catholic Action (Modern Sky Entertainment).
Had I not joined the Music Business course at Kelvin College, I can say with 100% certainty, that my life would have taken a very different path.”
"After trying a variety of career paths including studying biochemistry and working full time in retail, 2015 saw me take the plunge and follow my passion, music. Having learned about the HND Music Business course online, it described everything I had wanted to be involved in for a number of years. The two year course delivered on every single level and gave me the confidence, knowledge and skills to go out and achieve my dreams. In my time at college, I threw myself into as many activities as I could physically fit into the day and through that, met many new friends and industry contacts who’ve helped me into the position I am today.
Now 2 years on from completing the course, I am working full time as a music publisher at 23rd Precinct Music, project manager of music industry conference Resonate and tour manager for Sony artist Be Charlotte. I am so thankful to the whole Music Business team at GKC, without whom I would still probably be wandering aimlessly through different career paths! My job has taken my all over the world, something I could have never of dreamed of doing before joining the HND Music Business course, only a few years ago. I have been fortunate enough to visit Iceland, France, USA, Austria, Germany, Italy and more.
All in all, huge huge huge thanks to Ken, Sara and the team at GKC for believing in me and always supporting me!"