Audio and Music Production

BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production - Degree

"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
 

Laptop Package*

   
Where can I study?  
Next Intake  
May 2014
May 2014
May 2014
May 2014

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

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. Subjects include: Sound theory, decibels; EQ, signal processing, signal flow and consoles, electronics, microphones techniques, loudspeakers, and introduction to digital audio.

402

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. Subjects include: Medium-format consoles, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), production techniques, music theory, synthesis, MIDI and sampling, acoustics and advanced digital audio.

501

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. Subjects include: Advanced music production techniques, mixing / automation, sound for film, digital media and communication, control surfaces, post production and multichannel audio, live sound and academic writing.

502

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.

601

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.

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

 

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)
  • TOEFL: iBT: 80 (minimum of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17)
  • 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.

 

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.

By Email

Please download and complete the application form and return it together with scans of supporting documents by clicking here. A member of our admissions team will then contact you to arrange payment of the deposit.

By Post

Please print and complete the application form, and return it with your supporting documents to Admissions at the campus address displayed to the right of this page.
A member of our admissions team will then contact you to arrange payment of the deposit.

In Person

Please print and complete the application form and submit it to reception who will also take payment of the deposit by credit or debit card.

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

Start Dates

  Campus
London
 
Oxford
 
Liverpool
 
Glasgow
AY 14/15

Spring

12th May 2014

 

12th May 2014

 

12th May 2014

 

12th May 2014

Autumn

15th September 2014

 

15th September 2014

 

15th September 2014

 

15th September 2014

Winter

19th January 2015

 

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Spring

11th May 2015

 

11th May 2015

 

11th May 2015

 

11th May 2015

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: 14/04/14