School of Performing Arts

Audio Technology and Production

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code J930
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

The BSc (Hons) Audio Technology and Production course offers a unique blend of audio production, creative computing, employability/industry practice, and research and theory.

Focusing on employability, modules cover a range of audio technologies as used in a variety of practical and theoretical contexts, including music production, game and film sound, and live sound. Throughout the course you will develop a deep understanding of underlying concepts such as acoustics, electronics, and creative computing through practical work in dedicated Mac labs, recording studios, and performance spaces.

As the course progresses you will use, design, and build various hardware and software audio systems for industry-relevant applications which may include theatre/venue accessibility. Option modules in topics such as songwriting, lighting, teaching, and AR/VR enable you to match your specific professional aspirations and offer the opportunity to explore and apply a range of technologies in diverse contexts.

What happens on the course?

This industry-focused programme is designed to help you develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences relevant to a career in audio. Taught by experts using the most up-to-date technologies, content is informed by cutting-edge research and industry engagement.

You will develop specialist skills in areas including studio production, audio engineering, live sound, game sound, and sound design.

Developing your knowledge in acoustics, electronics, and computing will lead to the design and creation of audio systems such as synths, sound processors, and interactive tools.

The course’s focus on employability will enable you to prepare for your career by exploring potential employment routes including music production, broadcast media, game sound, live sound, sound design, soundtrack composition, teaching, and academia, developing your portfolio of work, and engaging with visiting professionals.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects and cutting-edge developments in audio technology and show the ability to evaluate, interpret, and apply them a variety of contexts using a range of established and emerging systems, tools, and techniques
  2. develop detailed conceptual knowledge and exhaustive practical skills in creative computing, including the use of digital audio workstations (DAWs), audio/music programming languages, and interaction elements
  3. demonstrate critical, analytical and creative skills in research, academic writing and communication, including devising and sustaining arguments and defining and solving problems, and communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. critically reflect on knowledge and understanding of the needs of both industry and academia; demonstrate high-level transferable skills, initiative, responsibility and decision-making abilities in order to enhance employability
  5. work both independently and collaboratively to demonstrate efficiency and imagination in realising and implementing the technical and creative skills needed for professional practice while facilitating a safe, professional, sustainable, and ethical working environment

devise, negotiate and manage an extended project using appropriate scholarly and vocationally relevant strategies and methodologies in order to bring it to a successful conclusion by an agreed deadline.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Music Practitioner - grade M
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production - grade HP

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Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Interview. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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