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Anglia Ruskin University

Audio and Music Technology (with Placement year)

UCAS Code: J993

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

96
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Audio technology

Do you have a deep passion for good audio? If you love sound, recording, producing or electronics, our course is for you. You’ll get to grips with the latest hardware and software, and graduate with the skills employers are looking for. Our course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and JAMES. This course has been validated to include an optional placement year in industry.
Develop a thorough understanding of all aspects of sound engineering and music production whilst studying in the heart of the creative city of Cambridge. With 6 control rooms and 5 live rooms, fully soundproofed and acoustically treated, you’ll learn how to use a variety of digital and analogue mixing consoles, developing your knowledge of professional grade studio equipment. You’ll have the opportunity to study and gain hands-on experience in studio and recording techniques using Logic and Pro Tools; digital manipulation and mixing of sound; creating and editing sound for film and games; acoustics and psychoacoustics; signal processing; and analogue and digital electronics.
You can then choose to channel your creativity by choosing modules involving live sound engineering and advanced studio practice whilst exploring more specialist audio for films and games. Alternatively, choose to build on your maths, physics, and computing skills by choosing our electronic engineering route focusing on circuit design, audio hardware production and digital signal processing (DSP).
We’ll encourage you to practice recording and composing music, both in response to professional briefs and to showcase your talents to employers in your final-year professional portfolio. You’ll learn how to set up as a freelancer and promote yourself using our careers and employability service and Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA).

You'll also have the chance to get involved in live productions with the Audio Music Technology (AMT) student society, working at our Students’ Union, the Mumford Theatre or at one of many live venues in Cambridge. You could even do a work placement between Year 2 and Year 3 – which means great experience for you CV plus excellent industry contacts.
Our course is accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES). JAMES' role is to create and maintain links between education and the media industries. It represents the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (IASIG).

This programme is also IET accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Acoustics, Sound and Music
Basic Recording and Studio Techniques
Computer Modelling
Core Technology
Digital Electronics
Mathematics for Technology 1
Year one, optional modules
Studio Practice
Analogue Electronics
Year two, core modules
Advanced Acoustics and Psycho-Acoustics
Advanced Studio Practice
Audio Electronics
Digital Music Format
Live Recording Practice
Year two, optional modules
Audio for Film
Composition Software
Design Methods and Technology Project
Audio for Games
Electronic Circuits
Signals and Signal Processing
Year three, core modules
Final Studio Portfolio 1
Final Studio Portfolio 2
Dissertation
Year three, optional modules
Digital Performance
Live Sound Engineering
Multimedia Production Technology
Analogue and Digital Synthesis
Audio Programming
Independent Learning Module

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress and ensure that you have the practical skills demanded by employers. Assessments will include portfolios of recordings, essays and reports, log books, posters and presentations.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

English and Media

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Others in technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
low
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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