Music Industry Career Paths

Discussing Career Paths

It is important to consider your next move, once you have completed your studies at Riverside. The technical and transferable skills that you will gain will enable the immediate entry into employment and also allow articulation onto university level degree programmes.

Employment Opportunities

Past SQA HND candidates have moved into gainful employment within a range of different organisations and also on a freelance basis. To give an example, these include:

Record Companies – Major and independent labels; such as Virgin Records, Ministry of Sound and Columbia.

Studios and Production – Countless production companies and studios, including: Riverside Music Complex, The Lighthouse, Edinburgh, and CaVa.

Education - A variety of teaching roles in schools and on a private basis. Candidates have also moved into lecturing at colleges, including: Jewel and Esk Valley, Perth, James Watt and John Wheatley College.

Commercial and Corporate – eg Scottish Radio Holdings, Aberdeen Foyer Sound Project, East Kilbride Arts Centre.

Education Progression Routes

An HND qualification is roughly equivalent to the second year of a Scottish university degree. The qualifications have been designed with an awareness of the need to allow articulation onto degree level programmes.

Former candidates have moved on to institutions including: Caledonian University, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, University of Highlands and Islands, University of Strathclyde, Napier University, University of Salford, Northumbria University, amongst numerous others.

Our team have many years commercial experience in the industry and are on hand to provide appropriate careers advice for each individual student.