Sound Engineering and Music Production BSc(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full time
4 years including placement year

About the course

If you are planning a career in sound engineering and music production, this course has been designed to help you develop the essential practical skills, knowledge and abilities to give you the edge. The course has a clear focus on music production and combines a broad mix of modules ranging from the technical to the creative, it covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Advanced music production
  • Mixing techniques
  • Game audio
  • Sound for film and media
  • Live music
  • Radio production
  • Mastering techniques

During your time on the course, we will help you explore the music industry and prepare you for exciting and rewarding careers in areas such as studio engineering, live sound production, audio and sound design for games, audio recording and post-production for film and television and also music mastering.

You will have access to our industry-standard studios, helping you to prepare for equipment that you will encounter in the real world of work. You will 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, a range of plugins from UAD and Waves, six production studios, live sound facilities and much more.

During your studies, you will 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 develop your sound engineering skills and production style even further.

Our course also has an active research basis which is an essential element of higher education. Many of the academic staff are members of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and are researching into areas such as 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, to make sure you are learning from a wide range of people, in recent years we have had guest lectures from producer Tony Platt (AC/CD, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Paul McCartney) and live sound engineer Jon Burton (The Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead) among many others.

Graduates from our music production courses have gone on to work in studios such as Angel Studios, The Chairworks, engineered the front of house live mix for rock bands such as Deaf Havana and been nominated for Grammy awards for their work on productions by pop stars such as Adele.

This 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

In this module you’ll be supported in engaging in industry practices to help you explore radio production. The module covers interview techniques, communication theory and the legal and ethical frameworks surrounding the production of broadcast material.  In term one you’ll be supported in producing a voxpop and two commercials for radio. You’ll be provided with a ‘client brief’ and are expected to interpret this and combine the use of music, speech, silence, sound fx and appropriate production techniques in the creation of a high-quality production suitable for broadcast. In term two you’ll work in small teams to plan, produce and present a short radio programme using specialist radio production scheduling software in a dedicated radio production studio. You’ll be encouraged to create a sonic branding package which includes jingles, idents, music beds and presenter links. You will also create a longer feature package and news bulletin suitable for a discrete target audience.

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please email our Clearing Helpline Team at study@hud.ac.uk

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|http://www.hud.ac.uk/enterprise/enterpriseplacementyear/].

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, 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. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  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.

*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

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