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Solent University (Southampton)

Live Sound Technology with Media Technology Foundation Year

UCAS Code: JJ93

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

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Audio technology

Want to work in media technology, but not quite ready to study at degree level? This one year foundation course will provide you with a strong introduction to media and digital technology and help you build the skills and experience to gain entry on to one of our highly-regarded media technology degrees.

You’ll learn the basics of media technology and its ever-closer relationship with computing and networking. Some modules are shared with students on the computing foundation year, meaning you’ll gain the necessary coding, networking, web, digital design and analytical problem-solving skills to complement your expanding media technology knowledge.

An exciting and creative learning environment with opportunities to explore many of the technical, creative and fun aspects of media technology helps to underpin the requirements for study at degree level, and ultimately prepare you for a career using digital technologies.

Personal development is key, and you’ll be supported in improving your academic confidence to start you on the road to becoming an independent learner. Teamwork is also encouraged, and you’ll work with fellow students on the presentation and delivery of a group project, which could involve designing and building a piece of media technology equipment; equipment testing; analysis of a media technology product; or exploration of new technologies within the media field.

To help you begin building your professional network, you’ll have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, and join media societies and coding clubs, as well as work with other Solent students across varying disciplines. There may also be the chance to get involved with the University’s internal organisations, Solent Acoustics and Solent Productions, to start putting the skills you are learning into practice. Successful completion of the Media Technology foundation year will provide a pathway to the degree Live Sound Technology.

Students studying live sound technology will have the chance to build these specialist skills by using our industry standard media facilities. These include radio and audio recording studios, Foley booths, digital mixing systems and channel desks.

Students are also able to use our HD outside broadcast vehicle, giving them first-hand experience of the time and quality pressures associated with outside broadcasting.

The course focuses on helping students to improve their employability. As such, past students have been given regular opportunities to conduct work experience at live music and sporting events. These opportunities have included work at some of the UK’s biggest music festivals.

This course also offers students the opportunity to collaborate with students from Southampton Solent’s other creative programmes. This collaborative environment simulates real working practices and helps prepare learners to work with professionals from other disciplines after graduation.

Modules

Following successful completion of the foundation year you will study:
Year one
Core units

Audio Production Techniques
Signals and Sources
Physics of Light and Sound
Electronics Fundamentals
Computing Fundamentals

Year two
Core units

Managing Projects
Audio Systems
Media Formats
Live Sound Techniques
Live Event Technology

Options

Transducer Design
Sound Design

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Media Technology Project
Live Sound Technologies
Event Management

Options

Audio Systems Design
Sound for Video and Computer Games
Audio Post-Production
Languages
Broadcast Distribution Technologies
Audio Acoustic Design

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
low
Audio technology

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.

Others in technology

Teaching and learning

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

46%
UK students
54%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

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
79%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative 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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