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University of Salford

Sound Engineering and Production with Professional Experience

UCAS Code: H350

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must have grade C in Maths and English or have an approved equivalency

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112-120

Applicants must have grade C in a technical or scientific subject such as maths, physics, music technology, IT or electronics

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Audio technology

**Successful performances often depend on the sound output. Build theoretical and practical skills to create a better sounding experience with a degree in Sound Engineering and Production.**

Sound engineers are essential to how we perceive live and recorded sound. As digital listening experiences expand, and more new listeners engage on different devices, sound quality and delivery is paramount. Combining audio engineering theory and studio-based delivery, this practical degree will equip you with the skills to build a career in the audio and media industry.

Salford has pioneered acoustics and audio teaching and research for over 60 years. Led by our world-renowned acoustics team, you’ll have access to cutting-edge acoustic testing facilities, advanced laboratories and industry-standard studio facilities, as you critically evaluate new audio developments and apply them creatively.

The course explores a variety of practical applications including radio, TV, music recording and live sound. You’ll study audio systems, music technology, live sound connection and studio production. As you develop, you’ll progress to advanced audio production, audio installation and sound design. With your future in focus, you can also choose specialist modules in audio for gaming and virtual reality or audio forensics.

With the professional experience pathway, you will complete an industrial placement year between years two and three. Placements are an excellent opportunity to expand your CV, apply your academic knowledge further and develop interpersonal skills in the real world. On completion, you will be able to add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.

On completion, you’ll be well-placed to become established in the diverse world of sound, music production, acoustics and audio. Salford Acoustic alumni have forged careers as studio and live producers/engineers, broadcast engineers, gaming audio engineers, product developers, acoustics and audio researchers, and acoustics consultants.

Features
• Develop your knowledge of the recording process, enhanced by scientific and technical aspects
• Acquire production knowledge of a variety of practical applications including radio, TV, music recording and live sound
• Learn how to use typical software tools for the generation, control, processing and audio reproduction
• Understand the relationships between sound and the environment, wherever it is being produced
• Explore audio game design, acoustic modelling, and the techniques behind augmented reality

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

TEF rating:
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What students say


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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

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£24,000
med
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
73%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

42%
Engineering professionals
17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Construction and building trades

The stats cover quite a broad subject area, but over half of the graduates we're talking about here studied some kind of audio technology subject. It's not a surprise, then, to find that the most common job for graduates from this subject last year was as a sound technician in film, TV and music. Jobs in IT, as arts officers or musicians, in marketing, or in business were also popular — these degrees can be quite flexible and give you a lot of opportunities. Another degree that falls under this heading is in transport logistics (told you it was broad!), and those graduates did particularly well as our whole just-in-time retail economy really needs good logistics skills - and graduates with those qualifications are in serious shortage. But your prospects do depend on the particular degree you take, so if you have a course in mind, take a look at the information on the university's website.

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