Sound Engineering & Design - BSc (Hons) full-time [SSR Manchester]

Why choose this course?

    What's special about the University of Bolton's Sound Engineering & Design degree at SSR Manchester?

    • All the latest production and recording equipment you would expect from a current, industry-led course

    • Taught by industry-active professionals ensuring your skill set is relevant, up-to-the-minute and employer-ready

    • Our excellent industry contacts and emphasis on work experience mean you gain valuable industry experience

    • Achieve professional accreditation in Avid Pro Tools - the industry standard recording software

    • Work on ‘live’ projects within the University across the creative departments or with external bodies.

    Course overview

    This course involves a partnership between the University of Bolton and SSR Manchester (www.s-s-r.com). Studios are well equipped with analogue and state-of-the-art digital systems, software and IT facilities. The course is delivered fully at SSR in Manchester, but some travel between Bolton and Manchester will be necessary to make use of facilities at both sites. The course includes the fundamentals of sound systems, sound engineering, sound for TV and film, special effects, computer games audio design, electronic music, the scientific principles of sound, studio techniques, live sound and PA systems, sound synthesis and MIDI. A work placement period in the second year provides a useful link into the industry.

    About the course

    The course begins with the fundamentals of sound systems, sound design, studio principles and associated professional software taught in a highly hands-on manner. This continues into the second year but with a more in-depth approach to sound engineering concepts. Content will focus on audio post production techniques, Foley and sound effects, live sound, acoustics, synthesis and advanced studio techniques so that you can gain a wider experience of the applications of sound engineering and sound design.

    In the final year of the degree you will develop further your post-production techniques, as well as study PA systems design, mastering techniques, examine the business issues relevant to the digital media industries, and undertake a large student-led project.

    Special features

    • Your work-placement will be undertaken in an audio-related environment of your choosing.

    • Having been a commercial recording studio and training school for 30 years, SSR has a large list of music industry contacts around the North West. These include local radio and TV as well as studios, concert halls, theatres and digital media companies. Course tutors will support students through the process of securing a work placement, offering advice and guidance where necessary.

    • Also, because of these links and its local and national reputation, SSR is able to maintain a profile of studio tutors that have either recent or current experience of the sound engineering industries as professional engineers.

    Award(s) BSc (Hons)
    CodeH340-DSR
    Mode of attendanceFull-time
    Duration(s)3 years
    Start date(s) 25/09/2017
    25/09/2017

    Entry requirements This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we will be unable to consider your application for this course.

    104 UCAS points from at least two, but preferably three, A2-levels (or equivalent) including TWO from the following: a mathematical subject, a physical science subject, a technology-based subject or music.

    You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.

    You will be also be required to attend an interviewed as part of the application process.

    If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our FdSc Sound Engineering & Design course.
    Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
    Location(s) On average over the duration of the course you will spend 2 or 3 days per week at SSR Manchester. However, extensive library facilities are available at University of Bolton.

    SSR Manchester:
    65-69 Downing Street,  ,  Manchester,  M1 7JE

    Programme Specification

    http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/CRT024-F-SSR-SX

    What you will learn

    This course is “skills rich”. In addition to acquiring the specific skills for sound engineering and sound design, you will also develop those vocational skills necessary to pursue a career in the audio and related industries. Teaching is heavily practically-based in studios and computer suites.

    Recognised, key transferable skills are also embedded in the course. These include written and presentational skills, analytical reasoning, inter-personal skills and self-management. You will also develop your ability to analyse, evaluate and resolve problems.

    We use a wide variety of learning methodologies, including studio and computer laboratory sessions, demonstrations, activity-based assignments and the work-based placement. Assessment is linked to the objectives of each module. This may be by assignments, small projects, tests (practical and written), a demonstration or viva as appropriate.

    What you will study

    Level 1

    At Level 1 you will study: Scholarship; Studio Recording Techniques; Sound Engineering Principles; Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations; Studio Mixing Techniques; Sound Production for Visual Media.

    Level 2

    At Level 2 you will study the following modules:

    Audio Post Production Techniques; Advanced Studio Techniques; Live Sound Engineering; Synthesis and Audio Manipulation; Acoustics of Sound Production for Visual Media; Work-based Learning.

    Level 3

    At Level 3 You will study the following modules: Entrepreneurial Skills for Sound Engineers; Audio Mastering Techniques; PA System Design; Advanced Post Production Techniques; Major Project.

    The final year project is a major undertaking and counts as a double module. You will have a personal supervisor to support you in your investigations.

    Careers & professional development

    Key skills to be gained include the development of ICT skills, communication with a wide range of people, problem solving, working to deadlines and time management as well as project management techniques.

    Career opportunities exist in many areas of sound production. Examples include audio engineer, studio designer, sound designer, production mixer, sound recordist, music editor, music technician or Foley artist. Employment opportunities exist in TV and radio broadcasting, recording studios, multimedia and new media firms, and film and computer games production companies.

    Graduates may wish to become members of a professional society after having gained appropriate experience in their field of employment. Two well-regarded societies are the Audio Engineering Society (www.aes.org) and the Institute of Acoustics (www.ioa.org.uk). Their web pages describe the scope of the society and the entry requirements for the different grades of membership.

    Professional recognition

    You will have the opportunity to be assessed for the internationally recognised qualifications in Pro Tools by Avid (www.avid.com).

    There are a number of levels of Pro Tools qualification to which you may wish to proceed. However, this will involve additional cost.

    Fees, funding and finance information

    Home/EU Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
    2017/18 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
    2018/19        
    More Home/EU Fee information

    International Fees

    No fee information is currently available for International students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information.

    More International Fee information

    No hidden extras

    We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

    • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

    • All mandatory site visits or field trips

    • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

    • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

    • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

    *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

    Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


    In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

    Pro Tools training manuals by Avid. You will be responsible for paying your travelling costs.

    Contact Us

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    James Shuttleworth (SSR Manchester)
    Tel: +44 (0)161 276 2100

    http://www.s-s-r.com/

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Abdul Razak
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903476

    How to Apply

    You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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    Course Overview

    Why choose this course?

      What's special about the University of Bolton's Sound Engineering & Design degree at SSR Manchester?

      • All the latest production and recording equipment you would expect from a current, industry-led course

      • Taught by industry-active professionals ensuring your skill set is relevant, up-to-the-minute and employer-ready

      • Our excellent industry contacts and emphasis on work experience mean you gain valuable industry experience

      • Achieve professional accreditation in Avid Pro Tools - the industry standard recording software

      • Work on ‘live’ projects within the University across the creative departments or with external bodies.

      Course overview

      This course involves a partnership between the University of Bolton and SSR Manchester (www.s-s-r.com). Studios are well equipped with analogue and state-of-the-art digital systems, software and IT facilities. The course is delivered fully at SSR in Manchester, but some travel between Bolton and Manchester will be necessary to make use of facilities at both sites. The course includes the fundamentals of sound systems, sound engineering, sound for TV and film, special effects, computer games audio design, electronic music, the scientific principles of sound, studio techniques, live sound and PA systems, sound synthesis and MIDI. A work placement period in the second year provides a useful link into the industry.

      About the course

      The course begins with the fundamentals of sound systems, sound design, studio principles and associated professional software taught in a highly hands-on manner. This continues into the second year but with a more in-depth approach to sound engineering concepts. Content will focus on audio post production techniques, Foley and sound effects, live sound, acoustics, synthesis and advanced studio techniques so that you can gain a wider experience of the applications of sound engineering and sound design.

      In the final year of the degree you will develop further your post-production techniques, as well as study PA systems design, mastering techniques, examine the business issues relevant to the digital media industries, and undertake a large student-led project.

      Special features

      • Your work-placement will be undertaken in an audio-related environment of your choosing.

      • Having been a commercial recording studio and training school for 30 years, SSR has a large list of music industry contacts around the North West. These include local radio and TV as well as studios, concert halls, theatres and digital media companies. Course tutors will support students through the process of securing a work placement, offering advice and guidance where necessary.

      • Also, because of these links and its local and national reputation, SSR is able to maintain a profile of studio tutors that have either recent or current experience of the sound engineering industries as professional engineers.

      Key Information

      Award(s) BSc (Hons)
      CodeH340-DSR
      Mode of attendanceFull-time
      Duration(s)3 years
      Start date(s) 25/09/2017
      25/09/2017

      Entry requirements This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we will be unable to consider your application for this course.

      104 UCAS points from at least two, but preferably three, A2-levels (or equivalent) including TWO from the following: a mathematical subject, a physical science subject, a technology-based subject or music.

      You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.

      You will be also be required to attend an interviewed as part of the application process.

      If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

      If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our FdSc Sound Engineering & Design course.
      Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
      Location(s) On average over the duration of the course you will spend 2 or 3 days per week at SSR Manchester. However, extensive library facilities are available at University of Bolton.

      SSR Manchester:
      65-69 Downing Street,  ,  Manchester,  M1 7JE

      Course Content

      Programme Specification

      http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/CRT024-F-SSR-SX

      What you will learn

      This course is “skills rich”. In addition to acquiring the specific skills for sound engineering and sound design, you will also develop those vocational skills necessary to pursue a career in the audio and related industries. Teaching is heavily practically-based in studios and computer suites.

      Recognised, key transferable skills are also embedded in the course. These include written and presentational skills, analytical reasoning, inter-personal skills and self-management. You will also develop your ability to analyse, evaluate and resolve problems.

      We use a wide variety of learning methodologies, including studio and computer laboratory sessions, demonstrations, activity-based assignments and the work-based placement. Assessment is linked to the objectives of each module. This may be by assignments, small projects, tests (practical and written), a demonstration or viva as appropriate.

      What you will study

      Level 1

      At Level 1 you will study: Scholarship; Studio Recording Techniques; Sound Engineering Principles; Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations; Studio Mixing Techniques; Sound Production for Visual Media.

      Level 2

      At Level 2 you will study the following modules:

      Audio Post Production Techniques; Advanced Studio Techniques; Live Sound Engineering; Synthesis and Audio Manipulation; Acoustics of Sound Production for Visual Media; Work-based Learning.

      Level 3

      At Level 3 You will study the following modules: Entrepreneurial Skills for Sound Engineers; Audio Mastering Techniques; PA System Design; Advanced Post Production Techniques; Major Project.

      The final year project is a major undertaking and counts as a double module. You will have a personal supervisor to support you in your investigations.

      Careers

      Careers & professional development

      Key skills to be gained include the development of ICT skills, communication with a wide range of people, problem solving, working to deadlines and time management as well as project management techniques.

      Career opportunities exist in many areas of sound production. Examples include audio engineer, studio designer, sound designer, production mixer, sound recordist, music editor, music technician or Foley artist. Employment opportunities exist in TV and radio broadcasting, recording studios, multimedia and new media firms, and film and computer games production companies.

      Graduates may wish to become members of a professional society after having gained appropriate experience in their field of employment. Two well-regarded societies are the Audio Engineering Society (www.aes.org) and the Institute of Acoustics (www.ioa.org.uk). Their web pages describe the scope of the society and the entry requirements for the different grades of membership.

      Professional recognition

      You will have the opportunity to be assessed for the internationally recognised qualifications in Pro Tools by Avid (www.avid.com).

      There are a number of levels of Pro Tools qualification to which you may wish to proceed. However, this will involve additional cost.

      Fees & Funding

      Fees, funding and finance information

      Home/EU Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
      2017/18 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
      2018/19        
      More Home/EU Fee information

      International Fees

      No fee information is currently available for International students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information.

      More International Fee information

      No hidden extras

      We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

      • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

      • All mandatory site visits or field trips

      • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

      • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

      • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

      *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

      Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


      In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

      Pro Tools training manuals by Avid. You will be responsible for paying your travelling costs.

      Contacts

      Contact Us

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      James Shuttleworth (SSR Manchester)
      Tel: +44 (0)161 276 2100

      http://www.s-s-r.com/

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Abdul Razak
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903476

      How to Apply

      How to Apply

      You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.