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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Sound Design

UCAS Code: SO19

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C or equivalent.

112 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

112

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music production

The course, which focuses on exploring current and emerging technologies applicable to contemporary sound design, provides opportunities for students to develop their practical skills in audio for film & TV, game audio, theatre sound and audio/visual installations.

Students will also develop a theoretical understanding across a range of skills in pre-production, production and post-production.

The course centres around the use of the university’s Wall recording studio and audio post-production suites, which are accessible to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is designed to teach and develop skills across disciplines and covers a broad range of technologies that will help in the development of your own portfolio.

As well as the recording studios, the course is built around the practical use of the university’s Centre for the Creative Industries and its wide range of facilities. The centre is home to BBC Cymru in North East Wales.

Key Course Features:
•The Centre for the Creative Industries supports work across a range of creative disciplines using the latest in Audio/Visual technology.
•Glyndwr’s Wall Recording Studio, which features a variety of Digital Audio Workstations; 24 track recording and digital and analogue recording capabilities.
•Post-production facilities both Mac and PC based with 3 post-production suites.
•Students lead Glyndwr.tv live sessions streamed live and featuring a mixture of high profile as well as local bands and performers.
•Calon FM Community radio station is based in the creative industries building and offers volunteer and collaboration work. The University is one of only three higher education institutions to have such a facility on campus.
•Our graduates have collaborated with a range of local companies including NHS Wales, Wales Rugby League, Clwyd Theatre Cymru and numerous local organisations and productions.
•Past graduates have gone on to work with media companies such as the BBC, Universal Music, QVC and Technicolor and other students have taken on freelance roles and formed their own production companies.

Modules

Each year of the programme is designed to introduce new concepts, skills and theories and progression to the next level will leverage and develop core skills in a cumulative way.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

MODULES


• Introduction to Audio
• Personal Professional Academic Skills
• Audio-Visual Science
• Single Camera Production
• Sound Synthesis & Sampling
• Creative Futures 1


YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

MODULES


• Research Methods
• Theatre Technology
• Visual Narrative
• Ideas & Concepts
• Audio Technology for Games
• Creative Futures 2


YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

MODULES


• Collaborative Project
• Audio Post-Production
• Project/Dissertation
• Spatial Audio
• Creative Futures 3


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

There is a range of assessment methods used for this course including creating music productions, essays, work-based learning, portfolios, reports, and presentations.

In addition to lectures and workshops, students on this course are encouraged to explore this vital facility for their own projects to enhance and support learning and development.

All assessments are project based.


Wrexham Glynd?r University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£11,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative arts and design

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Design occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music production

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£11k

£11k

£12k

£12k

£14k

£14k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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