Music, Sound Production & Drama

Your future starts here.


Music, sound production and drama courses are innovative and relevant to the future needs of the sector. NESCol provides an environment for new, emerging talent to develop and thrive in their respective fields. Our courses also help to build the key employability skills required to succeed.

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As well as a host of full-time courses, we also offer part-time courses in music, sound production & drama where you can study at a location near you with daytime, evening and weekend options.

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how much creative industries contributed to the Scottish economy in 2021¹

Nairn Milne sitting at a drum kit

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When I came to see the facilities at Aberdeen City Campus and spoke to staff who told me about the course content and the opportunities it could provide, applying was a no-brainer!
Definitely do it! You’ll make friends for life and have a great experience!”

Nairn Milne

Nairn studied HND Music at NESCol before progressing to a BA Hons Music at Edinburgh Napier University. He is now a professional session drummer who has played with artists such as McFly, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Amy Macdonald, and most recently, Callum Beattie. He has also established a successful drum teaching business.  .

Career opportunities

Former students have gone onto exciting and varied careers including;


Musician, Music Teacher and Music Therapist

Sound Production

Audio Engineer, Audio Technician, Music Producer and Sound Designer.

Acting & Performance

Actor, Drama Teacher and Presenter.


people required for jobs in Scotland's creative industries by 2026²

Where you will study

A hidden gem on the North East arts scene, our very own theatre at City Campus has a capacity of more than 100 and hosts a range of shows each year. Most importantly it provides the ideal space for students to hone their skills in performance and production. The theatre complements music rehearsal spaces as well as sound production, TV and radio studios.

Study music, sound production & drama in Aberdeen

  • 4,500+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 4 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

Our Aberdeen City Campus is situated in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.

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Study part-time

Part-time courses are offered at locations throughout the region.

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What our students think

In autumn 2023, more than 5,000 full-time students responded to our First Impressions Survey (88% of those eligible) and we are delighted to share some of the feedback we received.

98% Of full-time students believe they are treated fairly
"NESCol is a fair, kind, welcoming environment, with friendly and supportive staff. I love coming here."
97% Of full-time students are satisfied with their course
"NESCol helped me gain my confidence again after a huge gap in my studies."
96% Of full-time students enjoyed attending College

Student stories

Don’t take our word for it!

Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol

Poppy Wishart

Not only did Poppy Wishart (20) collect her HND at the NESCol Aberdeen Graduation Ceremony, she performed at it too! Poppy is a singer songwriter who has spent the last…

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Katie Grant

Katie Grant always knew she wanted to be a teacher. From playing ‘schoolies’ in the playground until leaving school herself, it was an ambition she strived towards. And when she…

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Danielle Jam

Danielle Jam left school feeling excited that she was taking charge of her career by enrolling on to the HND Acting & Performance course at NESCol. The course was exactly…

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Tiana Milne-Wilson

Tiana Milne-Wilson had always enjoyed performing, but it wasn’t until she enrolled on the HND Acting & Performance course at North East Scotland College in 2015 that she was able…

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Abigail Underwood

Abigail Underwood (33) has been named as this year’s Scottish Qualifications Authority Student Award for 2023 at the NESCol Aberdeen Graduation Ceremony. The special recognition was awarded to Abigail, an…

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Arwen Scott

Arwen was a late applicant to NESCol in 2020 after deciding it was the right time to leave school.  Arwen has been involved in music from a young age so…

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Get in touch

Our student advisers can help with any application enquiries.

Contact the team directly by calling 01224 612330, dropping into your local Student Advice Centre, or by emailing Student advisors are also available on LiveChat when the chat icon appears at the bottom of our website.

¹ Source: Scottish Government – Growth Sector Briefing – December 2023
² Source: Skills Development Scotland – Sectoral Skills Assessment 2023