Audio Recording and Production BSc (Hons)
About the course
Building on the University of Hertfordshire highly successful previous Music degrees the BSc (Hons) in Audio Recording and Production introduces a specialist route focusing on the technical aspects of developing a career as an audio engineer and/or music producer.
You will develop studio techniques allowing you to record, process and mix your work to a professional standard. You will develop your own focus towards live, studio or broadcast sound, based on a thorough understanding of areas such as acoustics, studio design and installation, monitoring, mixing, webcasting and advanced DSP techniques.
With the input of industry professionals, you will investigate the tools used by some of the world's most successful engineers and producers. You will study the modern business of music, and the wide range of career options open to audio professionals who wish to specialise in this field.
Importantly, you will pursue professional work experience and build working relationships with other students within in the Faculty as well as via the Jam Jar live events and professionally focussed collaborative projects.
Why choose this course?
- In the Audio Recording and Production degree you will focus on the practical and technical aspects of developing a career as an audio engineer and/or music producer.
- You will develop studio techniques allowing you to record, process and mix your work to a professional standard.
- You will develop your own focus towards live, studio or broadcast sound, based on a thorough understanding of areas such as acoustics, studio design and installation, monitoring, mixing, webcasting and advanced DSP techniques.
- The Audio Recording and Production degree develops your programming, mixing and production skills using state of the art software including Logic, Pro Tools, Reason and MAX/MSP.
- Benefit from our high quality studio resources: SSL and Yamaha mixing desks, and hardware by top names such as Neumann, TLA, Lexicon and Drawmer.
- Explore your own creative work through song writing and other compositional tasks.
- Participate in "live" projects such as the UHR record label, and JamJar showcase concerts.
- Music degree's at the University of Hertfordshire came a full 12% ahead of the rest of the HE Music providers as rated by final year students in the most recent National Student Survey and 10% ahead of Cambridge University.
- The University of Hertfordshire is the no. 1 new university for Music, ahead of many established universities and conservatoires (The Guardian Subject League Tables 2011).
- We have some of the best resources in the UK, including the 39 million pound Forum where our students perform every month, and state-of-the art music studios and film and TV facilities in our 12 million pound building for Music and Film.
- Our music industry advisory panel is second to none in the UK and includes key figures in the music industry such as Tim Clark (Robbie Williams's manager), Mike Smith (MD Columbia Records) and Korda Marshall - who signed Take That, James Blunt etc.
240 UCAS points including:
A Level or equivalent music technology, science or technology based subjects.
Plus GCSE English language and maths at grade C or above. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (213 CBT or 79 IBT). Equivalent qualifications welcomed.
We are pleased to accept all qualifications included in the UCAS tariff points system (e.g. International Baccalaureate, key skills).
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- Part Time, 6 Years
- Full Time, 3 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as film and TV composers and songwriters (including exclusive songwriting contracts with EMI and Sony Music for example), working for major companies such as the BBC, PRS, as well as creating sound design for computer games, sound engineering and teaching. Several have continued their studies for Master's and PhD degrees.
You will receive interactive lectures, seminars and tutorials, with much practical and studio-based teaching. You will have opportunities to collaborate with film makers and digital animators, and to benefit from the input of movers and shakers in the music industry visiting our university on a regular basis.
Placements are a valuable means of establishing industrial contacts and gaining an insight into the commercial reality of a chosen discipline. We have a long history of students working with industry supplementing the taught university curriculum with real life on the job experience. This has seen students working right across the Music industry.
We expect students interested in obtaining a work placement: to be proactive, to self-initiate this interest and to communicate and work with programme staff in their identification of companies and organisations that are able to provide the appropriate range of experiences and opportunities.
We value the opportunity and benefits of the placement experience highly and as such, we encourage all students to consider obtaining a placement as part of their course. However, we recognise that this may not be a viable option for a number of reasons. In addition, we are not able to guarantee that all students will undertake a work placement as part of their studies.
Skillset Media Academy
Sound Bytes 1
This module gives an introduction to the physiological processes underlying human perception of sound, and the principles of audio data coding and file reduction techniques from a perceptual perspective. Although in general the material is treated in a non-mathematical way, some basic mathematical techniques are taught within the module as necessary.
Audio Engineering 1
The learning outcomes will be supported by coverage, both in lectures/tutorials and practical sessions, of a selection of the following topics: Effects and processing; sampling, sequencing and production hard and software, using industry standard tools. The module goes on to cover audio cabling, fault finding, the basic electronics involved in signal matching and distribution and a basic circuit building exercise, as well as an introductory level recording project.
Studio Technology 1
This module introduces students to a range of key studio technologies, such as microphones, samplers and basic sequencing packages, analogue audio protocols and MIDI. It also introduces basic acoustics and how this affects and dictates sound production, transmission and capture. This module involves a mixture of theoretical background and practical applications. Assessment will normally involve two pieces of coursework and two in-class tests or minor tasks requiring students to demonstrate how well they have assimilated the disciplines and principles covered.
Sound Bytes 2
This module introduces you to the principles of digital music networking and distribution, in the contexts of both creation and delivery of sound or music; standalone or alongside other media. The emergent areas of Internet radio, IPTV, online collaboration, file sharing, networked audio, remote control and applications are explored from both technical and commercial perspectives. Building on relevant first year studies, encoding standards are analysed and utilised in the creation of music distribution channels. Technical material is supplemented with investigation into the the legal, procedural and logistical requirements of digital distribution.
Audio Engineering 2
Building upon Audio Engineering 1, this module explores extended functionality within core hard and software systems for audio recording. Creative production and mixing skills are further developed, whilst the broadcast industry is introduced as a specialist enviroment for audio technologies. An intermediate level studio based recording and mixing project is also included.
Professional & Industrial Context 2
Building upon Professional & Industrial Context 1, this module introduces students to a range of more advanced studio resources. The music industry is further explored and practical experienced gained via realised practical projects and / or a short work placement opportunity.
MT Studio Technology 2 (Version 2)
Building upon Studio Technology 1 this module develops higher understanding and advanced skills concerning key studio technologies. Students work with industry standard sampling and sequencing tools, utilising a more advanced feature set, whilst elsewhere software programming using the MAX/MSP enviroment is introduced. Students understanding of the nature of sound, and the technicalities of sound capture are extended by the Sound Cognition and Microphones and Recording topics. The module involves a mixture of theoretical background and practical applications.
Professional Work Experience 30: Music
Students may identify a work experience opportunity or have a work experience suggested to them. Before starting students meet with the Programme Leader or their nominated tutor, to discuss the impending placement. All aspects of the intended experience are addressed from health and safety to client confidentiality and students are given guidance on behaviour and how to manage expectations. Proposals need to identify an outline work programme, the number of days in placement and the main learning outcomes; and are subject to agreement of the Programme Leader.
The Year Abroad will provide students in Creative Arts with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two taught years of the degree within a different organisational and cultural environment in a partner academic institution. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the Year Abroad and will liaise with the appointed UH Supervisor.
Sandwich Year (Creative Arts)
The optional 'Sandwich' placement year may be undertaken between the levels 5 and 6. Students undertake the placement within a commercial, public or not for profit setting that is able to provide an appropriate learning experience related to the creative and cultural industries. A placement could take a variety of forms, including: * working in an external organisation; * working with a University company or professional team within the University; * self-employment within defined context and externally refereed. The placement duration would typically be sustained for at least 48 weeks, though may be sustained for a full year. While the Faculty/School actively supports the placement process, ultimately it is the placement provider that will agree to manage and select students, normally through an interview process. During the placement a member of the academic staff will be assigned to the student as a tutor and will monitor the student's progress during the placement period.
Audio Engineering 3
Building upon Audio Engineering 2, this module explores advanced functionality within core hard and software systems for audio recording. Creative production and mixing skills are further developed, whilst the requirements of sound and music in support of visual media are covered. The module also covers the design and specification of studios optimised for differing industry sectors; and audio post production within a variety of contexts, such as mastering, broadcast and distribution. Throughout, students are expected to critically reflect upon their own practice, and to present their work to a professional standard.
MT Technology Project (Version 2)
This module allows students to undertake a substantial piece of independent work, which demonstrates an area of interest or specialism. Students will be assigned a tutor, and regular tutorials and guidance will be given throughout the academic year in order to help the student maintain sufficient progress to complete the project successfully.
T/Studio Technology 3 (Version 2)
Building upon Studio Technology 1 and 2, this module develops a higher understanding and advanced skills concerning key studio technologies. Typically, aspects of multi-microphone recording techniques and advanced sound-editing and manipulation are investigated through in-depth tasks and assessed exercises which will require the full use of DAW (digital audio workstation). In addition, the module will introduce modern surround-sound production techniques along with studio and field techniques for the support of live sound. Additionally, this module also covers sophisticated interactive and real-time audio applications through the use of Max/MSP programming.
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,000 for the 2014 academic year
Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged on a modular basis. The cost is £1,125 for each 15-credit module
Full time: £10,600 for the 2014 academic year
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
Key course information
- Institution code: H36
- UCAS code: W374BSc (Hons) Audio Recording and Production,
- Course code: CCMUS
- Course length:
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- Part Time, 6 Years
- Full Time, 3 Years