Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Professional Sound and Video Technology

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Now is an exciting time to choose a career in the creative industries. Dynamic platforms are creating more engaging audio, visual and web content. If you’re looking to blend science and creativity, and build global career opportunities, our Professional Sound and Video Technology degree course can help you to discover your potential.

As you get to grips with the technical elements of audio systems, live sound and studio production, you’ll also explore the creative side of video technology, interactive media and live streaming.  This hands-on course will help you to build a skillset for careers in live broadcast, post-production editing and technical engineering. Accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), and with the opportunity to gain AVID certification, you’ll be educated to the highest industry standards.

During your studies, you’ll be based at our MediaCityUK campus, the heart of media production in the North. With our neighbours including Doc10 production, BBC, ITV and the home of Coronation Street, our students maximise this enviable location, working on live projects and securing both paid placements and work experience on flagship programmes, such as Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice and X Factor.

You will:
  • Study audio and visual technologies underpinned by IP technologies
  • Learn to encode, stream and edit quality content using scientific and creative knowledge
  • Develop the skills to produce visual effects, colour grade and master media content
  • Enhance your knowledge of global IP systems as you prepare to apply your skills worldwide
  • Build your portfolio in preparation for securing freelance work opportunities
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Joint Audio Media Education Support accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You want to pursue a career in broadcast, online media, or in the creative industries

2.

You're fascinated by the science behind the media industry and want to be at the forefront of evolutionary technology

3.

You're creative, and want to help produce engaging media content across all platforms

Course details

All about the course

This exciting and varied course covers both practical elements of media technology alongside scientific audio-visual fundamentals. Your studies will focus on audio production, visual content and IP streaming. Using a practical approach, your studies will develop your theoretical knowledge and give you the confidence to work with industry standard equipment.

In your first year, you’ll gain an introduction to television and web, sound design and studio production. During year two, you’ll progress on to study advanced audio production, audio and web systems, and creative media production to develop your professional portfolio. You’ll also deliver a group design project, working on live industry projects. In your final year, alongside completing your dissertation, you’ll select specialist modules that can give you practical knowledge of subjects including spatial audio, visual effects or television engineering.

During your time at Salford, you will have the opportunity to gain additional experience and certification while you study. As a strategic partner of Avid, providers of premium software applications including Pro Tools and Media Composer, you have the option to gain Avid User certification as part of your course. You can also apply your skills on our student-led Quays TV show which is broadcast on Sky TV.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. The course team has links with a range of leading media industry organisations, including Disney, who offer placements each year.

Year one

Introduction to Television Production

This module is split into two parts. In the production part you have lectures to learn the underlying principles of television production and have practical sessions where you make a short film using single camera techniques and have an introduction to the TV studios. In the other part you have lectures to learn about the underlying technologies.

Audio Systems

This module will introduce you to a broad range of audio systems including microphones, transmission, digital audio and loudspeakers. You will learn how to make sound effects for a computer game.

Live Sound Connections

You will study the methods of connecting audio and video equipment for analogue and digital data transmission and power delivery in the context of PA and sound re-enforcement systems. This module also looks at the fundamental electrical principles and practices necessary for the design and assembly of public address and sound re-enforcement systems for delivery of music and sound to a live audience. On completion you should have the organisational skills necessary to specify systems and plan in advance according to the requirements of the venue and performers.

Studio Production

This module is designed to give you an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles of multi-track production, develop your production skills to translate multi-source live music and sound into a recorded stereo image, and develop the organisational skills needed to successfully record an artist/group. Typically, you will use our Pro-Tools sound recording studios to record a band.

Music Technology Systems

You will learn how to use typical computer based tools for the generation, control, processing and audio reproduction in music technology. You will be able to  evaluate the importance of the different parameters that influence musical sound. This module also introduces MIDI programming and musical synthesis using both software and hardware

Web Content Creation

You will learn  the fundamental techniques of web design. You will learn client side techniques including HTML, CSS and Javascript and have your site will be hosted on the University web server. You will develop techniques to improve the rating of your site in search engine rankings. You will also learn how to produce animated content.

Year two

Television Production

This module builds on Introduction to Television Production. In the production part, you move on to multi-camera shoots and begin using animation in your films. Technology lectures cover the techniques involved in digital video processing, coding and broadcasting.

Advanced Audio Production

This module will help you develop the production techniques associated with computer based hard disk digital audio recording, understand the principles and techniques of production planning and location recording and on completion you will be able to apply a range of techniques to a digital audio editing and production project.

Sound Design

This module builds on the Studio Production module from year one. You complete a sound design for a piece of visual content. You use our studio complex to record and master your design.

Web Technologies

Part one of this module  is devoted to learning server side techniques needed to make a professional level, interactive web site. The module features programming using PHP and databases with MySQL. Part two explores  computer networking. This gives you a detailed understanding of how the internet is used to deliver audio and video content to the audience.

Creative Media Production

On completion of this module you should be able to generate multimedia content across multiple online platforms as well as manage your digital identity. Other skills taught include a high level of critical and professional awareness, taking into account online ethics, privacy, copyright and licensing issues. Recent assessments have included making a mobile phone film with students from New Zealand and France, taking part in an augmented reality game, using phones/tablets to shoot the backdrop to a new opera (State of Being) for its debut at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London.

Freelancing and Careers Skills

This module is all about developing the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment in the media industry. During the module you will explore the range of career opportunities within the film, broadcast audio/video and media industries, understand employment practices, recognise how to develop a career pathway, appreciate the importance of transferable skills for employment and of continuing professional development.

Year three

Television Engineering

This module is based in our TV studios and is designed to help you develop a systematic understanding of television engineering; in particular, following the programme chain from shot to broadcast. The assessment is to produce an ‘as live’ piece of television in the studios.

Animated Graphics

In this module, you will be taught the key methods and techniques used in the creation of digital animated graphics within 3D space and how to accurately use a range of techniques to create digital animations. Recent assessments have included producing idents for real clients.

Mastering

This module will give you a systematic and detailed understanding of the tools and techniques associated with both audio and video mastering. Assessment for the video element typically includes making short clips in a variety of genres (music video, sitcom, horror, sci-fi, film noir), applying and evaluating appropriate colour correction and compression techniques.

Project

The final year project is your opportunity to carry out, under supervision, an extended study into an agreed topic relating to your degree. You will complete independent investigation to demonstrate initiative and the skills and knowledge acquired elsewhere in the course. The project provides invaluable experience in the planning and delivery of a major study that solves a problem with a unique solution.

Spatial Audio

In this module, the spatial hearing capabilities of the auditory system are further investigated and spatial audio systems including stereo, binaural, transaural, 5.1, ambisonics and wave field synthesis will be investigated both in terms of theory and practical use. There will be opportunities to audition and experiment with a number of different surround systems during practical sessions in the recording studios, listening room and anechoic chamber.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Hands-on, studio-based learning 
  • Real-world projects
  • Group work
  • Research projects

The course is delivered in a production environment, so you’ll spend time developing your practical skills in our industry standard studios, edit suites and ADR facilities.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Projects providing the scope to investigate and research new and applied technologies
  • Assignments based on your understanding of professional audio and visual practice
  • Practical tests in TV and audio studios
  • Examinations assessing your scientific and technological understanding

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable future. Our research expertise includes the built environment, cancer, data security, dementia, marine conservation, robotics, and sustainability.

We place our students at the heart of everything we do. With over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative members of staff we offer a robust support system for our student community. Our expanding suite of multidisciplinary programmes cover acoustics, architecture, biology, biomedicine, chemical sciences, computing, construction, engineering, environment (built and natural), geography, mathematics, physics, property, robotics, surveying and wildlife.

If you're looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.

Facilities

Audio Post Production and Audio Suite - Mac-based suites that run a range of audio software, including Pro Tools, Reason. The Post Production suite has a Digidesign Icon D-command desk running Pro Tools 10. You will be in these rooms for modules like Music Technology Systems and Advanced Audio Production.

Post Production Suites - a mix of Mac and PC based suites for animation and video post-production using Avid Media Composer and Adobe Creative Suite. Introduction to Television Production, Advanced Television Production and Animated Graphics are in here.

TV Studios - full professional specification studios. Studio A has separate vision and audio control rooms. Studio B allows us to do a full 3D virtual studio. You have a taster in Introduction to Video Production and use them to make a ‘live’ programme in TV Engineering.

Computer Suites - a range of Mac and PC based computer rooms for general computer work, including web content creation, web technologies and creative media production.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

Now is an exciting time to join the creative industries and there are excellent career prospects across a range of areas including live/studio broadcasting, acoustic consultancy, product development (R&D), audio engineering and AV, and post-production.

Professional Sound and Video Technology graduates have the skills to work as technical engineers, media technicians, media asset managers, live broadcast professionals, video editors, broadcast engineers, colourists, edit assistants, and MCR gallery operators.

Many of our course alumni have successfully secured roles working with companies including Abbey Road Studios, BSkyB, Virgin Media, Vodaphone, Erikson, BBC and Dolby.

FURTHER STUDY

If you decide to take your studies further, we offer a range of specialist postgraduate courses. We even offer a fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

Some of our graduates choose to progress to postgraduate and doctoral research in audio and acoustics fields. Salford has been recognised as a leading centre of acoustics and audio research for over 60 years. Much of our research has influenced products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as set UK, EU and international regulations and standards. Recent activities include our work with BBC which trialled applied technology in their iPlayer platform to improve the listening experience for viewers of Casualty.

A taste of what you could become

Technical Engineer

Media Technician

Live Broadcast Professional

Colourist

MCR Gallery Operator

And more...

Career Links

Each year, we have our student-led PSVT festival, where course alumni and industry experts come and share their experiences and top tips for building your career. During the festival, students profile their work and take part in interview panels. Past participants include Doc10 and John Chase from Rapscience.

Based at MediaCityUK, you can also build your portfolio by taking part in industry-led projects and client competitions. Students can gain paid freelance work on leading shows including Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor and The Voice.

Requirements

What you need to know

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants must show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

104-112 points

A level

104 -112 points

BTEC National Diploma

DMM

Access to HE

Pass with 104-112 UCAS points from a QAA-approved course.

Scottish Highers

112 UCAS Points

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 UCAS Points

European Bacclaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%

International Baccalaureate

28 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

HOW MUCH?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,820per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarship Opportunity

Applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships provided thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group.Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrolment in September 2019.More information about the scholarship.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H649

Institution S03