Academic year 2018/19 will see the launch of a new HN Year 1 course to be run at both NCL’s Cumbernauld and Coatbridge campuses. The new HNC promises to redefine the teaching and course content of Creative Sound Production with the aim of remaining at the cutting edge of industry training and preparation for the continually evolving opportunities now available for sound engineers. Course content will include projects that combine skill-sets through a range of disciplines and involve productions and opportunities both on campus and off, working on joint ventures alongside other creative media departments within the college as well as utilising the ever growing list of external partnerships.
Applications for the new HNC Sound Production course for 2018/19 are open now and can be completed online.
Students of BA Commercial Sound Production at New College Lanarkshire and UWS got an opportunity to visit the post production facilities at STV in Glasgow last Friday.
Head sound designer and mixer Donald MacLeod entusiastically showed students around the facilities which include a state-of-the-art surround sound mixing suite and a Foley performance room.
Donald, who has his name to a number of high profile TV shows at STV, including Taggart and Antiques Roadtrip, was also able to give insight into the sound design workflow, collaborative aspects with other departments and showed them his secret favourite Foley prop (a horses bit!)
The visit will no doubt inspire the students as they continue to tackle their post production project of semester 2.
Applications are now being considered for our 2018/19 course programmes due to commence in August. The Creative Sound & Music Production department offer courses at every qualification level from NC through to Degree level with content that covers a diverse range of topics and projects including; studio production, live sound engineering, audio post-production, game audio, location recording etc.
This years Question Session event is due to take place on 23rd March 2018 at the CCA in Glasgow. It promises to build on the success of previous years by featuring an even larger programme of guests, seminars, workshops, live music and networking opportunities. A full schedule of the day’s activities can be found at the Question Session website. Tickets are free but expected to disappear fast due to popularity of this increasingly integral event in Scotland’s Creative Industries calendar. Book now to avoid disappointment!
BA Commercial Sound Student, Carolann Burns, was in attendance last night at the prestigious College Development Network awards after being nominated for the Student Citizenship Award.
Carolann was nominated through her work on her project “That’s Sound’– Getting Girls into Sound Production”. As part of the BA Commercial Sound Production programme here at Cumbernauld Campus, Carolann was challenged to come up with a creative and innovative ‘industry facing’ project which would give her an opportunity to network professionally in the music industry and develop her employability skills.
She exceeded all expectations (achieving an A grade and winning a UWS entrepreneurship award in the process) by establishing ‘That’s Sound’, an ongoing project focused on addressing the gender imbalance in the technical and production side of the music industry. Carolann made a number of key achievements through her project, but highlights included:
• Organising a hugely successful event at Platform (Glasgow) attended by 130 schoolchildren and students (the numbers would have been higher if not for Storm Doris which prevented two schools/colleges from attending)
• Establishing a website – http://www.thatssound.co.uk
• Establishing a social media network around the project
• Enlisting the help, support and endorsement of many established music industry professionals.
Through running this project Carolann has created an active and ongoing project and brand. This has given her the platform to establish her own professional career, and also helped to inspire and encourage girls into an industry in which they are drastically under-represented.
Carolann, while not winning the Citizenship award outright, came second on the night and was awarded with a highly commended certificate for all her efforts.