Sound Engineering and Music Production BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full time
4 years including placement year

UCAS Code

N476

About the course

If you’re planning to go into a career in sound engineering and production, this broad course has been designed to help you develop your practical skills and abilities. It covers a wide range of topics, including advanced music production and mixing techniques, game audio, sound for film and media formats and live music production. We’ll help you explore the music industry and discover the opportunities that are out there for you.

You’ll have access to our industry-standard studios, helping you to prepare for equipment that you will encounter in the real world of work. You’ll gain hands on experience of using professional software and equipment including five fully equipped Pro Tools recording studios, SSL and large format Audient mixing consoles, industry standard outboard compressors and equalizers, six production studios, live sound facilities and much more. Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by tutors, many of whom are experienced industry professionals. You can book the studios seven days a week for use outside teaching time to further develop your sound engineering skills and production style.

Our course also has a strong research basis which is an essential element of higher education. Our lecturers and post graduate students are researching into areas of perceptual audio, automated mixing techniques, music production, new interfaces for music and other related disciplines.

We supplement our teaching with guest lectures and master classes from professional music producers, equipment designers and media producers.

The BSc Sound Engineering and Music Production course brings together a passionate, motivated team with industry experience, facilities with industry standard equipment and cutting-edge research into highly relevant subject areas. The course is designed to cover a broad range of essential skills, knowledge and theory that will equip you for a job in the music industry. Also, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement year, which has helped many graduates to secure their dream job.

Dr Austin Moore

Austin Moore, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Desktop Music Production 1

This module will introduce you to relevant techniques and technologies for computer-based music production, including sequencing, sampling, arrangement, and a variety of other sound processing techniques. A range of practical work - both technical and creative - will develop your critical listening and production skills, and seminars will support you in applying these techniques to your own creative work.

Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials

This module equips you with the core skills and practical principles involved in producing, engineering, and mixing popular music. You'll gain experience of working in an analogue/digital recording studio, allowing you to put your theoretical understanding to practical use in a range of situations.

Audio Technology 1

This module aims to provide an overview of the technologies found in a modern audio recording environment. You will be introduced to audio principles such as signals, acoustics, hearing, basic electronics and digital audio processing fundamentals. You’ll be supported in using these principles to develop an understanding of audio technologies found in music production, such as microphones, mixing desks, amplifiers, audio processors and speaker systems.

Live Music Production

This module introduces students to the live music production industry and practical use of a broad range of equipment used for live sound reinforcement.

Professional Skills and Research Awareness

This module focuses on broadening student horizons by exploring cutting edge research and career opportunities in the context of Music Technology / Production and Audio Engineering whilst developing core transferable skills that prepare students for gainful employment and entrepreneurship.

Radio Production

This module covers radio programme making, broadcasting technologies, communication theory, and the legal frameworks surrounding the production of broadcast material. Working both individually and in teams, you'll be introduced to industry practice.

This course aims to develop your practical skills and abilities in many areas of sound engineering and production including advanced production and mixing techniques, live music production, mastering sound to moving picture, game audio, and radio production. The course covers:


• Popular music recording and mixing techniques, including, cutting edge production techniques, advanced post production, use of large format mixing consoles, hybrid tracking and mixing methods, microphone selection from a wide variety of industry standard microphones, use of industry standard plugins and outboard processors, and techniques for the mixing and mastering audio material.
• Live music production, front of house mixing, monitor mixing, use of FX, signal processors, equalisation techniques and PA designs.
• Sound to moving picture concentrating on the creation of Foley, track laying, ambience creation, mixing and the composition of music cues.
• Game audio including the creation of sound effects, audio beds, adaptable sound tracks and mixing approaches.
• Radio production, focusing on the production of radio content, including sonic branding, voxpops and interviews.
• Critical listening skills from the approach of the sound engineer.

We also aim to support you in developing your research skills and learning from academic staff and post graduates who are researching into areas such as perceptual audio evaluation, automated mixing, new interfaces for audio interfaces, music production techniques and film sound.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. 22.6% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

The majority of lectures are delivered in a surround sound lecture theatre with Genelec monitoring and a dedicated iMac running Pro Tools, Reaktor, Logic and Microsoft Visual Studio. The Live Music Production module is taught and assessed in a dedicated, purpose built facility using a quality PA system. You are able to book time in our studios for your own work outside of tutorials and practical session. Depending upon your modules you will work in different studios and facilities at the different stages of your course and will have the opportunity to work on various SSL mixing consoles, a large format 48 channel Audient mixing console, industry standard outboard compressors and equalizers and with high quality industry standard audio plugins. For example in Year 2 you’ll work in the well-equipped radio studios and in your Final Year you’ll work in the Foley production studios producing radio content, effects and dialogue for film/TV and also use production studios to produce both stereo and surround sound mixes of popular music. You'll be assessed mostly through ongoing coursework. Typically you'll submit an artefact, for example a recording, and support this with a report or oral presentation on the theory and practice behind your work.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Music Technology at Huddersfield


See our students use a wide range of our professional standard recording facilities to produce a music track.

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previously companies such as Sound Foundation, Nitin Sawnhey Studio, Radio Aire and Soundworks have provided our students with placements.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

I completed my placement year at Fraunhofer IIS in Germany. Working here allowed me to meet some great people within the industry to expand my professional network. Throughout the placement my work ethic also improved allowing my to really achieve my best in final year. 

Matt Jefferson>

Matt Jefferson, Matt Jefferson, Fraunhofer IIS

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Our students

Your career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as freelance music producer, design support engineer, senior broadcast engineer, commercial manager UK & Europe, software developer and senior product test engineer in organisations including Solid State Logic, BBC, Warner Music Group, Sky and Calrec Audio Ltd.**

* Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

** Source: LinkedIn

89-95%* Graduates employed from this subject

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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