BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Design

With our BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Design course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore sound, from its underlying theory to cutting edge production techniques. Perfect preparation if you’re considering a career in music, film, TV or special effects.

BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Design

Course details

If you’d like to create atmosphere in a film or add effects to a computer game, this course is for you. It’s designed to help you understand sound and the technical know-how needed to create and manipulate it.

Delivered in partnership with Spirit Studios* in Manchester, this hands-on course begins with the fundamentals of sound systems, sound design, studio principles and associated professional software. A work placement provides a useful connection to real-world applications, which could come in useful for future employment.

The final year of the degree includes a large project and the chance to develop your post-production techniques and expand your knowledge of PA systems design, mastering techniques and relevant business issues.

A skilled sound engineer can find rewarding employment in a variety of sectors, from music and multimedia to television and live events. This wide-ranging BSc (Hons) incorporates the fundamental knowledge and practical experience you’ll need if you want to succeed in this exciting and growing industry.

*formerly School of Sound Recording

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: Spirit Studios [Formerly School of Sound Recording]
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: H340
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Spirit Studios has been a commercial recording studio and training school for nearly 40 years and can draw on a large number of useful music industry contacts to assist your learning.
  • Our studio tutors are currently, or have very recently been, working as professional sound engineers – so are very familiar with the latest production methods.
  • Course content is geared towards helping you acquire the skills needed in the commercial sound engineering and creative worlds.
  • You’ll have the chance to work on live projects within the University across the creative departments or with outside bodies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to achieve professional accreditation in Avid Pro Tools – the industry standard recording software.
  • You’ll be involved in choosing a suitable location for your own work-placement, which gives you an opportunity to pursue your future career even before you finish the course.

Key features:

  • The course has been designed in collaboration with the prestigious Spirit Studios.
  • Located at the heart of Manchester city centre, Spirit Studios is ideally placed, with accessibility to many local performance venues.
  • Students have access to University e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between Spirit Studios and the University of Bolton’s academic school, so that the experience you receive as an Off Campus student is equivalent to an On Campus student.
  • As an Off Campus student you also receive the support of a dedicated Off Campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the University.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: Spirit Studios [Formerly School of Sound Recording]
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: H340
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include two from the following: a mathematical or physical science subject, a technology-based subject or music; for instance, A-level Physics and Music or BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, please consider our FdSc Sound Engineering & Design course.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

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’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Career opportunities

Sound engineering and design graduates can apply their work to almost anything: music, adverts, theatre, games, radio, film and TV – whether you’re developing a new kick drum sound for your band or creating explosions for a computer game.

As well as valuable industry-related skills, such as post production techniques and the use of specialist equipment and software, as a graduate you’ll also have the benefit of key transferable skills, including ICT, communication, problem solving, working independently, working to deadlines, time management, project management and research.

What can I do with this qualification?

Sound production covers a wide range of exciting careers, including roles such as audio engineer, sound designer, studio designer, production mixer, sound recordist, music editor and music technician. Employment opportunities exist for graduates in TV and radio broadcasting, recording studios, multimedia and media firms, and film and computer games production companies.

Alternatively, you may prefer to continue with your studies by taking an MA into an aspect of your subject that particularly interests you. A range of courses are available at postgraduate level, some of which include sound engineering, acoustics and audio engineering, sound design, music and sound technology.

Alternative career options

  • Radio presenting
  • Music production and editing
  • Studio management
  • Acoustic consultancy
  • Audio archiving
  • Sound design
  • Recording equipment sales
  • Post production engineering
  • Interactive and mixed media
  • Programming
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Audio development
  • Teaching and education

Professional recognition

You’ll 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.

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

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,000£9,000£9,000-£27,000
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20
2020/21

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

International

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Scholarship
  • Studio Recording Techniques
  • Sound Engineering Principles
  • Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations
  • Sound Design for Visual Media
  • Studio Mixing Techniques
  • Audio Post Production Techniques
  • Advanced Studio Techniques
  • Live Sound Engineering
  • Synthesis and Audio Manipulation
  • Acoustics of Sound Production for Visual Media
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Entrepreneurial Skills for Sound Engineers
  • Audio Mastering Techniques
  • PA System Design
  • Advanced Post-Production Techniques
  • Major Project

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course blends lectures, seminars, tutorials, critiques, self-directed learning, e-learning, laboratory work and workshop sessions. We make use of ‘active learning’ techniques, where you’ll receive demonstrations then take on activity-based assignments with the help of specialist technical support. The programme doesn’t include formal examinations but some modules may include in-class tests.

You’ll receive feedback from assessments, which will be carried out at key points during each module. Different types of assessment include: assignments, projects, case studies, in-class tests, interviews and presentations.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%), Practical exams (0%), Written exams (0%)
Level Two Coursework (100%), Practical exams (0%), Written exams (0%)
Level Three Coursework (100%), Practical exams (0%), Written exams (0%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (50%), Placement/study abroad (0%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (50%)
Level Two Guided independent study (45%), Placement/study abroad (7%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (48%)
Level Three Guided independent study (60%), Placement/study abroad (0%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (40%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    H340
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    Spirit Studios [Formerly School of Sound Recording]
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    104
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Daniel Buxton
Spirit Studios
Email: Daniel.buxton@spiritstudios.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)161 276 2100

Yusuf Giga
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton
Email: Y.Giga@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903211