Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Sound Engineering and Production with Professional Experience

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2019

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Introduction

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.

You will:
  • Gain a solid 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
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You're creative and like using technology to find solutions

2.

You want to pursue a career in audio, music production, acoustics or in the creative sector

3.

You're passionate about music and sound with a demonstrable interest in production and audio technology

Course details

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.

In choosing the professional experience pathway, 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.

Year one

Audio Production for TV and Radio

You will learn about the theory and workflows behind broadcast audio and apply that knowledge to practical work in the radio and TV studios.

Audio Systems

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.

Acoustics Lab

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).

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.

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

Year two

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.

Web Audio

You will study the use of audio API and JavaScript programming in the web development context. This will enable you to produce web-based audio applications.

Audio Installation

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.

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.

Year three

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

Major 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.

Optional Year - Professional Experience

Optional Year - Professional Experience

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:

  • 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.

ASSESSMENT

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

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

ACOUSTIC LABORATORIES

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.

AUDIO PRODUCTION

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. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

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.

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.

A taste of what you could become

A Sound Technician

A Broadcast Engineer

A Radio Producer

An Audio Consultant

An Audio Researcher

And more...

Career Links

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.

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

112-120 UCAS points including minimum of a grade C in Mathematics or a technical or scientific subject (for example, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics)

A level

112-120 UCAS points including minimum of a grade C in Mathematics or a technical or scientific subject (for example, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics)

BTEC National Diploma

DMM from technical or scientific subjects

Access to HE

Pass with 112-120 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Science or technical programme

Scottish Highers

120 UCAS points to include Mathematics or a technical or scientific subject (for example, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics)

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS points to include Mathematics or a technical or scientific subject (for example, Physics, Music Technology, IT or Electronics)

European Bacclaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 80%

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
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 H350

Institution S03