Creative Media Education

Audio and Music Production

BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production - Degree

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"The access to the studios, the lecturers, the one-to-one tutors, it all came together, I just had to make the most of it, I haven't stopped since."

Guy Katsav // Engineer, Producer
David Guetta, Groove Armada, Moby...

 

Duration  
2 Years
   

Your Future Starts Here

Whether you want to work in a music production studio, in post production for film or TV, live sound, radio broadcasting, sound and plugin design, game sound or in one of the many different areas of the music business, the Audio Production degree programme supplies you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for a successful career.

Mode of Study  
Full - Time
 
Funding  
Available
 

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Where can I study?  
Now enrolling for  
January 2015
 
January 2015
 
May 2015
September 2015

 

Overview

Our commitment to quality and our emphasis on hands-on education guarantees you will receive vast access to our world-class audio facilities and equipment and you will be provided with extensive opportunities to advance your skills to a professional level, developing a competitive edge as you complete your studies.

SAE’s hands-on ethos ensures students are given individual studio time supported by one to one supervision. This enables you to bring the theory and practice together with your creativity in a variety of settings, from studio recording and mixing on large format consoles, to sound design and editing using industry standard applications and equipment.

Modules

401

Core Concepts/Pre-Production

The aim of the first module is to enable students develop a strong theoretical foundation with concepts that will be further explored throughout the programme. This introduction to the Audio Production programme should be viewed as a foundation for future production-related activities where students start their training on the operation of the audio devices that will be used in a variety of production and post-production environments.

Indicative summary of topics
  • Algebra
  • Sound Theory
  • Decibels
  • Equalisation (EQ)
  • Effects and dynamic range processors
  • Studio Wiring, Signal Flow and Consoles
  • Electronics
  • Microphones
  • Stereo Microphone Techniques
  • Loudspeakers
  • Introduction to Digital Audio
Projects
  • Ear Training
  • Audio Edit
  • Equalisation and Dynamics Processing
  • Basic Mixdown
  • Theory exam
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

On successful completion of this module students will:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of maths relevant to audio engineering
  • Understand the basic concepts of sound theory
  • Understand the basics of digital audio technology
  • Understand processes and applications of audio editing
  • Understand the relationship between sound pressure, voltage, power, etc.
  • Recognise frequencies (bands) in various contexts
  • Understand the basic principles of operation of signal processors
  • Understand the basic principles of operation of small-sized mixing consoles
  • Understand the workings and specifications of various types of microphones
  • Understand the basic principles of stereo microphone techniques
  • Understand basic design criteria of loudspeakers and relevant terminology

 

Skills

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Solve basic mathematical equations and functions relevant to audio engineering
  • Recognise and describe the function of basic electronic components and circuits
  • Identify the various filter / EQ types, dynamics and effects processors, describing
    their functionality and application
  • Select and operate various EQ types, dynamics processors and effects
  • Choose the appropriate microphone for a given application
  • Choose appropriate stereo microphone techniques for given circumstances
  • Conduct basic audio editing

402

Music Production

This module presents students with opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge, acquired in the 401 module, within a variety of production environments. During this module students are expected to complete a sound production adhering to a brief, while being creative through the use of sound editing and signal processing.

Indicative summary of topics
  • Medium-format consoles
  • Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
  • Production Techniques
  • Music Theory
  • Synthesis
  • MIDI
  • Sampling
  • Acoustics
  • Advanced Digital Audio
Projects
  • Record Production
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Practical exam: signal flow
  • Theory exam
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

On successful completion of this module students will:

  • Have working knowledge of medium-sized analogue and digital consoles
  • Understand the operation and application of DAWs
  • Understand basic signal flow diagrams
  • Identify desirable characteristics and qualities of producers
  • Understand the basic principles of music theory
  • Understand the potential uses of MIDI in music production
  • Understand the basics of sound synthesis
  • Have a good understanding of software samplers
  • Understand the basic principles of acoustics
  • Understand advanced digital audio concepts

Skills

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Operate a typical medium-sized studio console
  • Operate DAWs in the context of music production
  • Operate various types of outboard equipment
  • Follow a simple music score
  • Use control messages, program changes, Sysex, etc. in a practical context
  • Evaluate the acoustic properties of different environments.

501

Advanced Music Production, Sound for Film and Live Sound

During this module students are exposed to advanced concepts and techniques relating to production and post-production for film and music projects. Students are also exposed to wider industry aspects and learn various analytical forms, as well as studying live sound engineering principles and techniques.

Indicative summary of topics
  • Academic Writing
  • Advanced Music Production Techniques
  • Mixing / Automation
  • Synchronisation
  • Sound for Film
  • Digital Media and Communication
  • Control Surfaces
  • Post-Production
  • Multichannel Audio
  • Analogue Tape Recording
  • Live Sound
Projects
  • Analytical essay
  • Pro Tools
  • Post Production
  • Theory Exam
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

On successful completion of this module students will:

  • Understand the basic principles of academic writing in the context of their studies
  • Understand basic research principles in the context of their studies
  • Have an advanced understanding of DAWs when used in production and post-
    production
  • Have a basic understand of synchronisation techniques
  • Understand the different stages of film production
  • Understand principles, concepts and techniques of sounds for film and their
    application in the context of their studies
  • Understand multichannel techniques and their application
  • Understand the operating principles of analogue tape recorders
  • Understand the operating principles of digital media.
  • Be able to describe the typical components found in a small to medium sized live
    sound system and their inter connection

Skills

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Conduct basic research
  • Write undergraduate level essays, using appropriate methods
  • Use DAWs at advanced level for music production and film post-production
  • Plan, undertake and control film-related recording, editing and mixing sessions
  • Understand the basics of operation of live sound equipment and associated basic
    health and safety considerations

502

Creative Media Practice

This module aims to position the discipline specific knowledge and skills acquired during the first three modules of the programme within a wider industry, business and cultural context. The structure and operations of the culture industries are examined together with the meanings produced in the interplay between culture, cultural products and the consumer. The resulting implications for the pitching of creative media ideas and the marketing of creative media products are also considered. Students take their existing skills and adapt them for a range of markets, cultures and platforms, requiring students to understand other cultures and assimilate other disciplines into their practice.

Indicative summary of topics
  • Structure and operation of the culture industries
  • Interplay between culture, cultural product and consumer:
  • Pitching and marketing of creative products
  • Related disciplines and their application to creative media practice:
  • Legal, contractual and ethical issues of creative media practice
  • Marketing and business studies
  • Music production
  • Basic principles of broadcasting
  • The potential of computer programming for advanced audio applications.
Projects
  • Practical research
  • Analytical essay
  • Business presentation
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

On successful completion of this module students will have acquired knowledge of:

  • The structure and operations of the culture industries
  • The interplay between culture and consumers of culture
  • Business, legal and ethical aspects of creative media activity
  • The development, pitching and marketing of creative media products within the framework of legal and cultural constraints
  • The principles of operation of large music studio equipment
  • The basic principles of broadcasting
  • Possible applications of computer programming for audio-related purposes

Skills

On successful completion of this module students will have developed skills in:

  • Developing a proposal in response to a creative media brief, with due consideration of financial, contractual and legal factors
  • Presenting a creative media pitch
  • Incorporating other disciplines into their creative media skill set
  • Producing music utilising contemporary recording, editing and mixing tools.

601

Advanced Audio Practice

Designed to develop audio-specific knowledge and skills to more sophisticated conceptual and technical levels through the realisation and evaluation of advanced audio applications, students will be introduced to recording sound on location (film sound and music) and learn how to programme synthesisers, effects and virtual instruments using Pure Data. Additionally, students will be given an in-depth insight into music history and will learn how to apply this knowledge in an electroacoustic composition. Lastly, students will learn about the music industry and discuss topics such as management, physical and digital distribution and publishing.

Indicative summary of topics
  • Strategies for continuing professional development
  • Advanced audio applications
    • Electro-acoustic composition theory and practice
    • Sound design for interactive applications
  • Project development and management
Projects
  • Professional Development Analysis
  • Advanced Audio Project
  • Production Analysis
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

On successful completion of this module students will have acquired knowledge of:

  • Advanced audio applications
  • Project development and management
  • Their continual professional development needs

 

Skills

On successful completion of this module students will have developed skills in:

  • Conceiving, developing, realizing and evaluating an advanced audio application
  • Making appropriate creative decisions in accordance with the legal, contractual and ethical requirements of a brief
  • Adapting their skills to the demands of the work place
610

Major Project (BA) - or

This module is the culmination of the degree programme, enabling students to demonstrate the full range of their technical, creative and academic skills. The major project is self-generated and may take one of many different forms. The project is intended to demonstrate a range of advanced skills in accordance with the requirements of a substantial Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science project. Through successful completion the student will also exhibit their capacity to conduct independent research and manage a large-scale venture.
620

Major Project (BSc)

This module is the culmination of the degree programme, enabling students to demonstrate the full range of their technical, creative and academic skills. The major project is self-generated and may take one of many different forms. The project is intended to demonstrate a range of advanced skills in accordance with the requirements of a substantial Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science project. Through successful completion the student will also exhibit their capacity to conduct independent research and manage a large-scale venture.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees vary according to campus and whether you are a UK/EU student or an International student. 

For the London and Oxford campuses, fees are £9,000 per year for UK Students and £12,000 per year for International students. For Liverpool, the fees are £8,000 per year for UK/EU students and £11,000 per year for International students. From September 2015, these fees will rise to £9,000 (UK/EU) and £12,000(International students) per year. Fees at our Glasgow campus are £6,000 per year for UK/EU students and £9,000 per year for international students. From September 2015, these will rise to £7,000 per year (UK/EU) and £10,000 (international students) per year.

Funding towards tuition fees is available to UK/EU students, but does not cover the whole course fee. Our payment plans can help you spread the cost of tuition to help manage your finances.

Outcomes

A. Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:
  • all aspects of audio production
  • cultural and historical perspectives affecting music production
  • the structure and functions of the music industry, current issues, policies and attitudes
  • elements of music theory relevant to recording studio work
  • legal and cultural restraints, together with broader ethical considerations in producing, distributing and exhibiting / performing creative media projects

B. Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:
  • select appropriate methodologies needed to effect reliable and valid research
  • systematically plan recording, production and post-production events
  • employ strategies for making media contacts and distributing promotional material and participate effectively in informed discussions and negotiations relevant to the music production and related industries
  • effectively plan and manage projects

C. Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:
  • aurally analyse and interpret audio programme material and musical performance events
  • configure, maintain and oversee recording sessions in small-­‐ and large-­‐scale recording studios and other recording and production environments
  • successfully manage business matters related to the music recording and production industries

D. Graduate Skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will have developed skills in:
  • personal and career development
  • effective learning
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • information technology
  • numeracy

 

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants would normally be expected to meet the following requirements:

 
For Entry 2014/15
For Entry 2015/16
UCAS tariff points
Minimum 180
180 - 240
GCSE Maths and English
Grade C or above
Grade C or above

For applications from mature students (aged 21 and above), we also consider work and life experience. In such cases, SAE Institute requires applicants to provide satisfactory evidence of their ability to successfully complete the programme.

As a creative school, SAE Institute is always looking for people who are excited about the creative media industries and therefore welcomes applicants without formal qualifications. In such cases, we will interview the student and may look at a portfolio of their work.

For International equivalency of UK qualifications, you can email your query by clicking here.

 

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.

For Non EU/EEA applicants, approved English Language Tests include:

  • IELTS (Academic and General) band score 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 within each component)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic, with a minimum of 51 in each component.
  • Cambridge ESOL Proficiency Test in English (CPE), at no lower than grade C.
  • Cambridge ESOL Advanced Test in English (CAE), at no lower than grade C.

 

Non-EU applicants are advised that the Home Office no longer accept ETS exams as evidence of English language ability. This includes the TOEFL iBT test, provided by ETS.

From 1st of August 2014, all tests provided by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and specific tests provided by Cambridge English and Trinity College London will be removed from the list of acceptable English language tests to support a UK visa application.  This includes the Cambridge IGCSE and the Trinity College BULATS.  These tests will not be accepted in support of a visa application after the 22nd of August 2014.

 

For EU/EEA applicants

As above, except that equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by NARIC and are adopted widely within the HE sector in the UK. In addition, a TOEFL iBT score of 80, with no less than 17 in any component, is acceptable in these cases.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who hold a qualification from another institution, or who have formally completed components of another qualification, must submit authorised evidence of those achievements at the time of application to SAE Institute.
Please refer to Policy A06 Academic Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for details.

 

Access to degree via SAE Diploma

Applicants for degree study who have successfully completed the relevant SAE Diploma in a campus outside of the UK may normally progress to the 2nd year of the total programme and carry credit, (120 cps/60 ECTS at level 4 and 60cps/30ECTS at level 5), towards the award.

This only applies to degree programmes validated by Middlesex University.

 

Making your Application

If you would like to apply for any of our undergraduate programmes your application should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can apply online through the UCAS website either:

  • Through your school or college who are registered with UCAS, or
  • Independently if you do not belong to a UK school or college

If you are applying for a course starting in September 2014 and have missed the 15th January deadline, don’t worry. You can still apply for one of our courses by Monday 30th June 2014 through UCAS.

SAE students attending one of our campuses outside of the UK wishing to progress their SAE Diploma to an honours degree are kindly asked to apply directly.

 

Course Code
W616
 
Institution Code
S05
 
Campus
London
 
Oxford
 
Liverpool
 
Glasgow
Campus Code
A
 
S
 
E
 
D

When you complete your application, you will need to pay a fee to UCAS. Currently the fee is £12 if you only apply for one course at SAE Institute, or £23 if you wish to apply for more than one course of institution.

What happens next
 
  • When we receive your application from UCAS we will consider both your academic profile (i.e. your educational qualifications) and your personal statement.
  • You will then recieve a notification with either a decision on your application, a request for further information, or an invitation to attend an interview.
  • Your application status will also be updated on the UCAS website.
  • If you are made an offer we recommend that you make a decision as soon as possible.
Applying Directly
Applications can be made directly with us through any of the methods below. At the time of application a deposit may be required to be paid.

Online via WeTransfer

Please download and complete the application form and return it together with scans of supporting documents. Please put all the documents in a zip file and submit by clicking here.

International Applicants (Non EU/EEA)

Providing students with an inspiring environment as well as having the largest creative media sector in the world relative to GDP, it is of no wonder that students from around the world aspire to undertake their higher education in the UK.
  Click here for all your application details

This programme is validated by Middlesex University. Students will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion of their studies.

SAE Institute reserves the right to make revisions and changes to the information presented in line with continuous improvement actions, and stakeholder feedback.

*Available for intakes commencing prior to 30th June 2015

Last Updated: 08/09/14