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Audio Engineering
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BSc (Hons)
Audio Engineering

Undergraduate course
Film, Music & Performing Arts

If you're passionate about sound, science and engineering, our course could be your backstage pass to an exciting career in the audio industry.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    Headingley Campus

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Our facilities are worth shouting about - we offer access to state-of-the-art recording studios and some of the latest computer resources for software engineering.
Entry Requirements
120 points required
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs: GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.

Scottish Awards: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2

Selection Criteria: We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements: GCSEs: GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.

Scottish Awards: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2

Selection Criteria: We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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Careers

  • Kevin Cowley & Jake Harding

Careers

Kevin Cowley & Jake Harding
Placement students, Samplephonics

BSc (Hons) Music Technology and BA (Hons) Music Production

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“Our placement has been invaluable and we're confident it will take our careers to the next level. It has provided a brilliant insight into all aspects of the industry and the world of work, and it's great being part of a business and a team where we can put our learning into practice.

MODULES & LEARNING

An introduction to the technologies and principles that underpin analogue and digital music signals and systems.

Listen critically to spaces, audio equipment and audio material. You will develop your understanding of acoustic principles and the human auditory system.

The techniques and technologies of digital audio production, in and out of the studio. You will develop an understanding of digital audio workstations and their role in audio editing, sequencing and recording.

Gain a grounding in the key area of audio electronics. You will design, build and evaluate simple audio circuits.

Understand computer-based audio tools that can be used within a creative context, either as a stand-alone application or along with more traditional audio tools.

Learn the key engineering and programming skills to be able to describe process, analyse and evaluate audio, and to solve audio problems.

Explore key topics within the broad, overlapping fields of acoustics and psychoacoustics, with an emphasis on their relevance within music and sound technology.

Study the audio signal chain and the key factors that impact on audio performance.

Learn about audio transducers, from the very commonplace devices such as loudspeakers and microphones to the less common such as hydrophones and bone conduction devices.

You will be given a project brief with audio engineering problems that you will design solutions to, requiring research, planning, teamwork, negotiation and practical skills.

Build your knowledge of digital signal processing techniques and algorithms, and the use of audio programming software in the development of audio effects and other computer audio tools.

Work on pre-existing recordings to craft a mix, and develop skills in mastering a collection of mixes.

Study a range of approaches to interactive and reactive audio system design.

Build your knowledge of the various techniques, concepts and skills associated with the setting up and operation of a live sound system.

You will undertake a substantial project in your chosen area which will be negotiated with your project supervisor.

The process of bringing sound and music to an audience in a variety of situations through sound reinforcement. You will study audio specifications, acoustics, surround sound, loudspeaker design and live sound systems.

From studio design to evaluating auditoria and from standard noise survey techniques to the development of innovative acoustic treatment solutions, explore the applications of acoustics.

Design, develop and demonstrate new interfaces for musical expression.

Learn the concepts and challenges of producing audio for interactive games.

Explore the history of community music and investigate the application of music technology across community arts.

Study spatial audio systems - from commercial entertainment systems, through to ambisonics and diffusion systems and how these can be used for the presentation of spatial material.

Our facilities are worth shouting about - we offer access to state-of-the-art recording studios and some of the latest computer resources for software engineering.

You'll have a variety of tools to practice acoustic analysis - measuring sound pressure levels, frequency and impulse response - allowing you to look at how a speaker performs. Digital signal processing software will also be available to you, enabling you to design your own audio software tools.

Our course benefits from strong links with the music industry and in the past companies like Prism Sound - manufacturers of audio products for recording studios and broadcasts, have delivered guest lectures to our students. Students on our courses have also benefitted greatly from attending professional development training days from loudspeaker and PA manufacturers.

A common route into the audio industries is often self-employment, working with venues and clients, gaining experience that can often lead to full-time employment. We will help develop your communication skills so you have the confidence to take this path.
  • Mohammad Dastbaz
    Professor Mohammad Dastbaz Professor Mohammad Dastbaz
    Dean & Pro Vice Chancellor

    Our placement has been invaluable and we're confident it will take our careers to the next level. It has provided a brilliant insight into all aspects of the industry and the world of work, and it's great being part of a business and a team where we can put our learning into practice.

    Mohammad is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology,having joined our University in June 2011 from the University of East London. A well published researcher, with over 50 refereed conference and Journal publications, his research profile includes many funded research programmes including JISC and EU FP7 projects. Mohammad’s first degree was in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He then went on to complete a PhD in the 'Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Based Learning Systems' at Kingston University. In 1989 he set up one of the UK's first multimedia PC companies, 'Systems 2000'.
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FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £10500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

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Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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