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University of Bolton

Sound Engineering and Design

UCAS Code: H340

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

104

Your Level 3 subjects must include two from the following: a mathematical or physical science subject, a technology-based subject or music; for instance, A-level Physics and Music or BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics. To help you understand what UCAS points are equivalent to, in terms of grades, please visit the University of Bolton’s webpage below for some examples of grades from popular qualifications: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/ucas-tariff/

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4.5 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

Music technology

Audio technology

With our BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Design course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore sound, from its underlying theory to cutting edge production techniques. Perfect preparation if you’re considering a career in music, film, TV or special effects.

If you’d like to create atmosphere in a film or add effects to a computer game, this course is for you. It’s designed to help you understand sound and the technical know-how needed to create and manipulate it.

Delivered in partnership with Spirit Studios* in Manchester, this hands-on course begins with the fundamentals of sound systems, sound design, studio principles and associated professional software. A work placement provides a useful connection to real-world applications, which could come in useful for future employment.

The final year of the degree includes a large project and the chance to develop your post-production techniques and expand your knowledge of PA systems design, mastering techniques and relevant business issues.

A skilled sound engineer can find rewarding employment in a variety of sectors, from music and multimedia to television and live events. This wide-ranging BSc (Hons) incorporates the fundamental knowledge and practical experience you’ll need if you want to succeed in this exciting and growing industry.

*formerly School of Sound Recording

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

Scholarship
Studio Recording Techniques
Sound Engineering Principles
Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations
Sound Design for Visual Media
Studio Mixing Techniques
Audio Post Production Techniques
Advanced Studio Techniques
Live Sound Engineering
Synthesis and Audio Manipulation
Acoustics of Sound Production for Visual Media
Work-Based Learning
Entrepreneurial Skills for Sound Engineers
Audio Mastering Techniques
PA System Design
Advanced Post-Production Techniques
Major Project

Assessment methods

Coursework (100%)

The Uni


Course location:

SSR Manchester

Department:

Sound Engineering and Design at Spirit Studios

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Creative arts and design

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Others in technology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
96%
Male students
4%
Female students
52%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
A
E

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.

£17,400
med
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Other elementary services 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.

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.

£21,000
low
Average annual salary
82%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music technology

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

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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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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