BSc (Hons) Applied Sound Engineering

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Course summary

This course still has places available in Clearing for September 2018 entry. Please call our free hotline on 0800 036 8888 to apply.

We were ranked 5th in London for Music courses by the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Overview
Sound related industries now require graduates to have broader skill sets than ever before. Get a head start in your career with this unique combination of vocational study and academic theory. During this course you will learn the necessary concepts, theory and practical skills to support your future in the industry. This course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) with Full Incorporated Engineering status (IEng)
Student working with electronics
Why choose this course?
There are few courses of this type available to study in the UK.  It champions a balanced and varied approach to sound and engineering, offering an alternative to courses that specialise in single specific disciplines.

You’ll gain a solid understanding of sound engineering concepts and skills using state-of-the-art facilities, and will be exposed to the latest developments in practice. This up-to-date knowledge is paired with personal development to enhance your employability after graduation.


Institution of Engineering and Technology Accreditation
This course has been accredited with Full Incorporated Engineering (IEng) status by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), making it one of only eight other sound engineering courses in the UK with Full IEng status. The accreditation means that the course is recognised internationally as delivering high quality teaching, learning, facilities and resources that provide an ideal preparation for aspiring sound engineers. 

Career and study progression
The purpose of this course is to meet the needs of sound engineering in a variety of industries. The course team is made up of specialist professional practitioners who can offer guidance and advice on the next steps in your career.

Popular paths for graduates include:
  • studio recording engineering
  • computer music and synthesis
  • live sound recording and engineering
  • sound system design
  • field service engineering
  • acoustic consultancy (installation)
  • design and test engineering for audio hardware and software
  • theatre sound engineering
  • sound designer and audio post production
  • audiology, broadcast engineering and production.

Though there is no work-based study during this course, we will encourage you to apply your learning in a professional environment. Students have gained work experience and work placements in a variety of areas whilst studying, including:

  • broadcast sound technician
  • theatre sound engineer
  • live sound reinforcement
  • location recording engineer.

Students have also been involved in supporting live performances for other students at the University and Students’ Union.

To establish industry connections, we will encourage you to build links with bodies such as the Audio Engineering Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. UWL has links with businesses such as Audient, Focusrite and Sontronics. These links are used to help enrich the course through student visits, guest lectures and master classes. We also continue to discuss current industry changes with professionals to help ensure the content and delivery of the course continues to meet industry needs.


You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about. Popular courses after this degree include:
  • MA Advanced Music Technology
  • MA Music Industry Management and Artist Development
  • MA Record Production
  • MSc Digital Audio Engineering
  • MMus Composition for Film and Television.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 96% of our graduates are in work within six months of graduating. 

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, The Savoy, Thomas Cook Travel, Cobra Beer, and the Royal Palaces. 

We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:
  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.


Our facilities
UWL boasts unrivalled facilities for music performance, electronic engineering, recording studios and production facilities.

You can take advantage of one of the largest academically controlled studio complexes in the world, with 23 studios, labs and teaching studios. The network of studios is the most sophisticated in the sector.

Vestry Hall is used for recording, recitals and rehearsals and houses our flagship studio with a Custom 75 Neve mixing console.

We have recently invested in a completely new interface design for our studios. The Focusrite RedNet is an Ethernet networked audio interface designed to allow interoperability of audio streams throughout the Universities recording studios, theatres and other production spaces.

The engineering area includes laboratory, teaching and workshop rooms along with its own computer suites for running specialist software, as well as having access to the full range of general student facilities provided elsewhere on the campus.

Studio consoles
  • Custom Series 75 Neve 48-channel console
  • Audient ASP2408 and ASP4816 consoles
  • Avid Control 24 consoles
Recording and DAWs
  • Orati 24-track 2-inch tape machine with CLASP
  • Pro Tools HDX
Audio interfaces
  • Focusrite Rednet network interfaces
  • Apoggee Symphony converters
  • Avid I/O 96/192
Preamps
  • Neve 1073
  • Focusrite IAS428
  • Audient ASP880
Microphones
(including condenser, dynamic, ribbon, valve, binaural head)
  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • SE
  • Sontronics
  • Calrec
  • DPA
  • Royer
  • Soundfield surround
  • Sontronics
  • Beryerdynamic
  • Shure
  • Earthworks.
Dynamics
  • Amex/Neve 2254 Stereo compressors
  • Focusrite Platinum Compounder
  • Universal Audio 1176
  • TLA Indigo Compressor
  • Drawmer DL241
  • TF Pro P4/5/8
  • Warm Audio WA76
  • Emperical Labs EL8 Distressor
  • Elysia Xpressor/envelope shaper
  • One ILA (LA 2A)
  • Photon Optocomp
  • Dbx 160 A compressor/limiter
  • KlarkTeknik Square One 8 channel.
EQ:
  • Neve 1081
  • Focusrite Focal
  • Rubber Band Passive Equaliser
  • Harrison Great River 32 Equaliser
  • Elysia Xfilter Stereo EQ
  • Roland SDE-2500
  • Vermona Vintage Spring Reverb
  • Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast
  • Buzz Audio Tonic EQ.
Processing:
  • Aural Exciter Type C
  • AMS RMX16
  • Lexicon PCM70/PCM90/MPX1
  • Eventide Eclipse
  • Sony D7.
Software
  • Pro Tools 12
  • Logic Pro X
  • Ableton Live 9 Suite
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Max 6
  • Altiverb
  • Antares Auto Tune
  • MATLAB
  • AutoCAD
  • LABVIEW
Live and PA
  • FBT line arrays and surround sound rigs.
  • DiGiCo SD9/SD11/S21 consoles
  • Behringer X32 consoles
  • Shure wireless mics
  • Yamaha portable PA
Electronics hardware
  • Signal generators
  • Oscilloscopes and FFT analysers
  • Soldering stations
  • Multimeters and power supplies.
Synthesizers, samplers and sound modules
  • EMS VCS3
  • Nord Lead 4/Rack 2X/Electro 4
  • Analogue Systems RS8000
  • Moog Little Phatty
  • Roland System 100 modular
  • EM-U Proteus 2
  • Roland JV1080/2080/3080/XV5050
  • Akai S3000/5000/Z8
  • Korg Triton/Trinity
  • Paca Rana
  • Kurzweil K2600.
Monitors
  • ATC
  • Dynaudio
  • Unity Audio Rocks
  • Amphion
  • Avantone Mix Cube
How will I learn?
This course combines lectures and private study with practical work to apply your learning. Sound engineering is a practical subject so the practical skills needed by the student are introduced and developed in a series of laboratory, workshop and studio sessions.

Learning and study skills, as both an individual and part of a team, are enhanced throughout the course. Sound engineers cannot work alone in modern society so managerial, financial and ethical considerations are introduced and examined. This is reflected in the way assignments are conducted. 

The teaching team have a wide variety of professional backgrounds in engineering, sound and music production, and they continue to practice in industry.  Areas of professional output include commercially released albums, live and studio sound engineering and sound equipment design in both software and hardware.

How will the course be assessed?

Year one
0% written exam, 13% practical exam, 87% coursework

Year two
0% written exam, 13% practical exam, 87% coursework

Year three
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

UWL has one of the largest academically controlled studio complexes in the country, with 23 studios, labs and teaching studios at the Ealing site. The studios and other facilities are available to students studying sound engineering and music technology.

Find out more about the Music Technology facilities.

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Course detail

You will develop skills in the following areas:

audio engineering equipment

Year one

  • practical electronic laboratory skills in simulation, building and testing
  • sound studio recording and mixing
  • audio software for a variety of applications
  • applied mathematics for engineering
  • coding for audio engineering applications.

Year two

  • acoustic analysis
  • practical electronic laboratory skills in simulation, building and testing
  • sound studio recording and mixing
  • sound synthesis
  • applied mathematics for engineering
  • coding for audio engineering applications
  • live sound engineering for music performances.

Year three

  • audio post-production
  • lighting and sound system design
  • digital signal processing
  • undertaking a large scale self directed project. 

The aim of this course is to equip you with technical and practical expertise.  The content of this course has been designed to prepare you to pursue a career within the sound engineering industry.

90% of module assessment is based upon written, audio and practice based coursework.  10% of assessment is exam based.

What modules will I study?

Year one (Level 4)

  • Audio Engineering 1
  • Mathematics for Engineering 1
  • Theory of Sound
  • Sound Recording Techniques 1
  • Engineering Software
  • Digital Audio Systems.

Year two (Level 5)

  • Sound Synthesis
  • Sound Recording Techniques 2
  • Audio Engineering 2
  • Acoustics
  • Embedded Application Development
  • Live Sound Engineering.

Year three (Level 6)

  • Music Production
  • Sound for Picture
  • Audio Digital Signal Processing
  • Lighting and Sound System Design
  • Applied Sound Project.

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

International entry criteria

International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£12,000
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Our Clearing hotline is now open. Call us on 0800 036 8888.

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

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Please also read our student terms and conditions.

International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or you can apply to study this course using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

Please also read our student terms and conditions.

 

During the course

Special resources

UWL boasts unrivalled facilities for music performance, electronic engineering, recording studios and production facilities.

You can take advantage of one of the largest academically controlled studio complexes in the world, with 23 studios, labs and teaching studios. The network of studios is the most sophisticated in the sector.

Vestry Hall is used for recording, recitals and rehearsals and houses our flagship studio with a Custom 75 Neve mixing console.

We have recently invested in a completely new interface design for our studios. The Focusrite RedNet is an Ethernet networked audio interface designed to allow interoperability of audio streams throughout the Universities recording studios, theatres and other production spaces.

The engineering area includes laboratory, teaching and workshop rooms along with its own computer suites for running specialist software, as well as having access to the full range of general student facilities provided elsewhere on the campus.

Studio consoles:

  •   Custom Series 75 Neve 48-channel console
  •   Audient ASP2408 and ASP4816 consoles
  •   Avid Control 24 consoles

Recording and DAWs:

  •   Orati 24-track 2-inch tape machine with CLASP
  •   Pro Tools HDX

Audio interfaces:

  •   Focusrite Rednet network interfaces
  •   Apoggee Symphony converters
  •   Avid I/O 96/192

Preamps:

  •   Neve 1073
  •   Focusrite ISA428
  •   Audient ASP880

Microphones: (including condenser, dynamic, ribbon, valve, binaural head)

  •   Neumann, AKG, SE, Sontronics, Calrec, DPA, Royer, Soundfield surround, Sontronics, Beryerdynamic, Shure, Earthworks.

Dynamics:

  •   Amex/Neve 2254 Stereo compressors
  •   Focusrite Platinum Compounder
  •   Universal Audio 1176
  •   TLA Indigo Compressor
  •   Drawmer DL241
  •   TF Pro P4/5/8
  •   Warm Audio WA76
  •   Emperical Labs EL8 Distressor
  •   Elysia Xpressor/envelope shaper
  •   One ILA (LA 2A)
  •   Photon Optocomp
  •   Dbx 160 A compressor/limiter
  •   KlarkTeknik Square One 8 channel

EQ:

  •   Neve 1081
  •   Focusrite Focal
  •   Rubber Band Passive Equaliser
  •   Harrison Great River 32 Equaliser
  •   Elysia Xfilter Stereo EQ
  •   Roland SDE-2500
  •   Vermona Vintage Spring Reverb
  •   Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast
  •   Buzz Audio Tonic EQ

Processing:

  •   Aural Exciter Type C
  •   AMS RMX16
  •   Lexicon PCM70/PCM90/MPX1
  •   Eventide Eclipse
  •   Sony D7

Software:

  •   Pro Tools 12
  •   Logic Pro X
  •   Ableton Live 9 Suite
  •   Native Instruments Komplete
  •   Max 6
  •   Altiverb
  •   Antares Auto Tune
  •   MATLAB
  •   AutoCAD
  •   LABVIEW

Live and PA:

  •        FBT line arrays and surround sound rigs.
  •        DiGiCo SD9/SD11/S21 consoles
  •        Behringer X32 consoles
  •        Shure wireless mics
  •        Yamaha portable PA

Electronics hardware:

  •   Signal generators
  •   Oscilloscopes and FFT analysers
  •   Soldering stations
  •   Multimeters and power supplies

Synthesizers, samplers and sound modules:

  •   EMS VCS3
  •   Nord Lead 4/Rack 2X/Electro 4
  •   Analogue Systems RS8000
  •   Moog Little Phatty
  •   Roland System 100 modular
  •   EM-U Proteus 2
  •   Roland JV1080/2080/3080/XV5050
  •   Akai S3000/5000/Z8
  •   Korg Triton/Trinity
  •   Paca Rana
  •   Kurzweil K2600

Monitors:

  •   ATC
  •   Dynaudio
  •   Unity Audio Rocks
  •   Amphion
  •   Avantone Mix Cube.

What our students say

Jurij Smirnov, BSc (Hons) Applied Sound Engineering second year student

'It is just great! It combines lots of interesting modules all together. It is does not matter if you want to become, sound designer, or record/mix engineer, this course will definitely lead you towards becoming a Professional.'

Tom Davis (a freelance recording and mix engineer)

'The course helped me critically think what I was doing to sound at all stages of recording in both the analogue and digital domain. This helped me achieve the sounds I wanted to create.'

 

Doushiant Mohith (an acoustic consultant and studying for his MSc)

'The course was delivered in a way which emphasised both the technical and creative fields of sound engineering, while providing a platform to develop skills in both these areas.'

Joachim Plancon (a musician and producer)

'If you love music and sound in all aspects, and you feel like working in this industry, Applied Sound Engineering will bring you all the knowledge you need to achieve your goal.'

Henry Gale (an AV installation and theatre sound engineer)

'BSc Applied Sound Engineering covers a broad spectrum of skills and technique for you to directly implement out in the professional industry.'

Elis Sarv

Jobs and placements

Whilst this is not a work-based learning course we will strongly encourage you to become involved in developing your own links with industry and associated bodies, such as the Audio Engineering Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

There are numerous businesses in the region the University has links with, such as Audient, Focusrite and Sontronics. These links are used to help enrich the course through student visits, guest lectures and master classes. We also continue to discuss current industry changes with professionals to help ensure the content and delivery of the course continues to meet industry needs.

Existing students have gained work experience and work placements in a variety of areas whilst studying on the course. Examples of these include broadcast sound technician, theatre sound engineer, live sound reinforcement and location recording engineer. Students are involved in supporting live performances for other students at the University and Students’ Union.

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