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.
For more information about placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.
Lecturers encourage and support cross-faculty communication so everyone can produce the best portfolio possible
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.
Our course leads into successful careers in studio recording, acoustic consulting, live sound engineering (e.g. front of house or monitor engineering), audio electronics, loudspeaker design as well as technician roles in the education sector.
The technology slant means you’ll have a wide range of career paths open to you, including the creative industries, audio visual project management, electronic and audio engineering, film, music and more. Many of our graduates are successful entrepreneurs, who now own their own businesses. These include an independent live speaker manufacturer, film and game composer, AV Project Management service and numerous freelance studio and live sound engineers.
When you graduate, you’ll be able to use the very latest hardware and software found in professional studios and have the skills engineering skills currently in demand in the audio industry.
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.
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. 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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
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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