Audio Production for TV and Radio
Sound Engineering and Production
School of Computing, Science & Engineering
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Sound engineers are essential to how we perceive live and recorded sound. As digital listening experiences expand, and listeners engage on different devices and in different locations, sound quality and delivery is paramount.
Salford has pioneered acoustics and audio teaching and research for over 60 years. Combining audio engineering theory and studio-based delivery, this practical degree will equip you with the skills to build a career in the performance industry. You'll critically evaluate new audio developments and apply them creatively. Led by our world-renowned acoustics team, you’ll experience cutting-edge acoustic testing facilities, advanced laboratories and industry-standard studio equipment as you build your skillset.
Once you graduate, you’ll be well-placed to become established in the diverse world of sound, music production, acoustics and audio. Salford's acoustics alumni have forged careers as studio and live producers/engineers, broadcast engineers, gaming audio engineers, product developers, audio researchers, and acoustics consultants.
- Gain a sound grounding in audio theory
- 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
This is for you if...
You're creative and like using technology to find solutions
You want to pursue a career in audio, music production, acoustics or in the creative sector
You're passionate about music and sound with a demonstrable interest in production and audio technology
All about the course
Sound Engineering and Production explores a variety of practical applications including radio, TV, music recording and live sound. You’ll study modules in audio systems, music technology, live sound connection and studio production. As you develop, you’ll progress to study advanced audio production, audio installation and sound design. With your future in focus, you can choose from specialist modules in audio for gaming and virtual reality, or audio forensics.
Professional Experience Option
You can also choose the professional experience pathway, where you'll complete a year-long industrial placement between years two and three. This is a great opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far and develop additional workplace skills to complement your academic studies. Although you'll be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your placement report.
You will learn about the theory and workflows behind broadcast audio and apply that knowledge to practical work in the radio and TV studios.
You will be introduced to a broad range of audio systems and components including microphones, transmission, digital audio and loudspeakers. You will also learn how to make sound effects for a computer game.
You will learn about a wide variety of specialist acoustic and audio measurements, in terms of equipment familiarity, correct use, interpretation of data and correct reporting (both oral and written).
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.
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.
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
Industrial Studies and Career Management
You will understand the nature of entrepreneurs and the development of entrepreneurial organisations. You will cover popular business theories such as theory of management, the role of enterprise in the economy, leadership and management of an enterprise and developing and managing quality in the enterprise.
Group Design Project
You will work together with course mates on a specific real world audio design task and come up with a real practical solution using.
You will explore different types of audio installations from home theatre to cinemas and right through to stadiums. Acoustics and system design will feature heavily and this will culminate in designing an installation for a particular acoustic space.
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.
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.
Audio Over IP
IP networks are extensively used in transmission of audio in broadcast. This module provides an understanding of network applications and future broadcast formats. Lab-based projects will investigate IP networks in recording studios, live sound use and outside broadcast.
Audio Forensics and Restoration
Audio forensics and restoration may involve enhancement of audio recordings, verification of the authenticity of a recording and identification of acoustics events, such as type of car engines or human voices. You will explore famous case studies such as JFK and Watergate and learn how to apply modern restoration and analytical audio techniques.
Audio for Games and VR
Game and VR audio is becoming an important element in entertainment and media. You will learn about audio game design, workflows, acoustic modelling, augmented reality and the techniques required to employ t
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.
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?
You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:
- Laboratory exercises
- Case studies
- Group work
- Project work
Some of the course is delivered in a production environment, so you will spend time developing your practical skills in our sound recording studios, music technology rooms and TV studios.
You will be assessed through a combination of formats:
- Examinations will assess your immediate response to a set of unseen problems
- Assignments will assess your response to in-depth problems and challenges
- Practical tests in acoustics laboratories will assess your problem-solving rationale
- Projects will assess your ability to create, deliver and evaluate a plan for an identified solution
The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Our acoustics laboratories on the Peel Park campus are regarded as world-class. Our full range of specialist test chambers, includes: one full anechoic chamber and two semi-anechoic chambers, a transmission suite, two large and one small reverberation chambers, an ITU standard listening room equipped with a 96 channel Wave Field Synthesis system, a 3D-Ambisonic listening booth, audiometric test facilities and a range of advanced instrumentation and equipment.
The University of Salford has an outstanding set of production facilities for students. In 2011, we opened a facility at the heart of MediaCityUK for students, researchers and commercial clients. As our student, you can enjoy access to multi-million pound Pro Tools enabled studios, 3D animation suites, TV and video suites, and digital media performance labs.
What about after uni?
Graduates from this degree course are well-placed to become major players in the diverse world of sound, music production, acoustics and audio.
Many audio and acoustics graduates often develop careers as studio and live producers/engineers, broadcast engineers, gaming audio engineers, product developers, acoustics and audio researchers, and acoustics consultants.
Our graduates have excellent career prospects in acoustic consultancy and audio-related industries. Salford's acoustics alumni have progressed their career in roles with Arup, BBS, Apple, Dolby, Jaguar Land Rover and Bang and Olufson.
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.
The University of Salford began teaching undergraduate acoustics and audio courses in 1975 and and many of our graduates can be found in major acoustic and audio companies around the world. Salford's acoustics group works with many leading companies in audio, acoustics, broadcast and related industries, including BBC, Apple, Dolby, and Bang and Olufson.
Our acoustics staff hold strong links with industry either through collaborative research and development projects through the Acoustics Research Centre or via our commercial test laboratories. These connection help us to keep course content relevant to the needs of industry and in tune with latest research findings.
What you need to know
- Industrial placement year option
- International students can apply
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment to measure their suitability. Please contact Admissions for further information.
GCSE You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C/grade 4 or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
112-120 (minimum C in a technical or scientific subject, including mathematics, physics, music technology, IT or electronics
BTEC National Diploma
112-120 (minimum C in a technical or scientific subject, including mathematics, physics, music technology, IT or electronics
112-120 (C at Advanced Highers A at Higher, Maths or Physics or Chemistry Advanced Higher)
Irish Leaving Certificate
112-120 (Higher Level Physics and Maths)
30 points grade 5 in Physics or Maths or Chemistry at Higher Level
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.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,400per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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 enrollment in September 2019. Priority will be given to students who:
- Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
- Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs;
- Live in the North West;
- Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent.
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Course ID H349