Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
January 2017, September 2016
If you love recording, performing, writing, or engineering and experimenting with sound waves, 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 also accredited by JAMES. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.
For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.
Your course will have a new home in Compass House, which will extend our campus along East Road. You’ll have the latest technology at your fingertips and be able to collaborate with other students on innovative projects to hone your skills.
Lecturers encourage and support cross-faculty communication so everyone can produce the best portfolio possible
Build on your maths, physics, electronics and computing skills as you develop a thorough understanding of all aspects of sound engineering and music production. Our £1.2m studio space rivals the best in the UK, with fully soundproofed and acoustically treated rooms.
You’ll have the opportunity to study studio and recording techniques; live sound engineering and recording; creating and editing sound for video, film and games; acoustics and psychoacoustics; signal processing; and analogue and digital electronics.
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 modern marketing techniques.
You'll have the chance to get involved in live productions and receive live sound engineering training with the Audio Music Technology (AMT) student society at our Students’ Union, our 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 your 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 IEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
When you graduate, you’ll have learned to use the very latest hardware and software and have the skills currently in demand in the audio industry.
Our course could lead you into careers in studio recording, acoustic consulting, live sound engineering, audio electronics, loudspeaker design and more. The technology slant means you’ll have a range of career paths open to you, including the creative industries, marketing, electronic engineering, and film and media.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses.
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.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Additional study information
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement between years 2 and 3. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement, using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
Our 162 sq metres of studio space rivals that of many commercially run operations, and incorporates five fully soundproofed, climate-controlled recording studios equipped with Apple Mac Pro and G5 computers. Our studios contain a selection of industry-standard equipment and software from the likes of Audient, Apple, Solid State Logic (SSL), M-Audio, Novation, RME, Universal Audio, Lexicon, Coles, Rode, Shure, Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica, Moog, Yamaha, Ludwig, Ampeg, Vox, TC Electronic, Mackie and TL Audio, to name but a few. We also have a wide selection of microphones, video cameras and portable recording devices to allow for location work.
Our equipment has been chosen and distributed so that each studio becomes successively more complex. You’ll start at a point that matches your current knowledge and move on to the more complex rooms as your skills develop. Finally you’ll be able to confidently operate our flagship main studio, which is large enough to accommodate ensembles such as choirs, orchestral groups and bands and has been used by the BBC to record radio programmes. Our studios themselves are maintained and administered by a dedicated team of professionals who are on hand to offer advice and support.
You’ll also have access to our AV lab containing 20 iMacs loaded with a wide variety of music and other software. All our computers are networked and have UPS power supplies. You’ll be allocated server space on one of our studio servers, and a unique password will give you sole access to and control of your work.
We also operate a portable 16-channel studio rig with a Fostex HD recorder, which you can book out along with mics, stands and leads, for location recordings in the evenings or over the weekend. We have a wide range of high-quality microphones, two studio drum kits and lots of other instruments, including some classics such as the Roland Juno 60, and Akai S3000 XL.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
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We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
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All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
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If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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