The UK is a world leader when it comes to media. Whether it's music, film, television or games, our presence is felt at the highest level and on a global scale. For each of these industries audio is the common link, the one thing they all need.
BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering & Production deals directly with music production, post-production for film and television as well as audio design for games.
With a strong emphasis on high standards of practical work, well-developed written and verbal communication, this course provides the right vocational-academic blend for industry or post-graduate study.
It’s a course for anyone passionate about sound. So whether its music, film dialogue or game effects, provided you have a complete technical obsession with the way that audio it is captured, manipulated and applied, then this is the course for you.
Commended for our course design and real-world briefs, the success of this course owes most to our experienced and professional tutor team, our extensive industry compliant facilities, smaller class sizes and of course our students at the heart of the Futureworks creative community.
For someone with a keen interest in sound, the commitment and drive to succeed, Audio Engineering is your way in.
You will love our facilities – our recording studios are among the best in the country. Ranging from D-command and SSL studios, up to our Neve VR Legend studio, all are equipped with the latest digital technologies and classic analogue equipment. You can see more about our incredible facilities elsewhere on the site, but our main claim is that all the studios contain the exact same hardware and software that you will be expected to work on in the real world of audio engineering.
During your three years you will progress through each studio, starting with the simplest and eventually working up to the biggest and most complicated studio. By the time you leave us, you will be confident of working within virtually any studio environment.
Another difference with Futureworks is the team of tutors who will be taking you through this amazing journey. All our tutors are still active within the industry. This means that they bring with them not only current techniques, but also live briefs to work on from their many contacts. We have a great mix of older tutors who are able to pass on a wealth of invaluable information, together with younger tutors who are currently working on high profile projects. You won’t find any ‘academic only’ tutors here – they are all fully trained and qualified tutors, but their work experience is what sets them, and Futureworks as a whole, apart from other educational establishments.
There are many roles and career paths that fit under the broad umbrella of “sound”: Sound Engineer, Music Producer, Mix Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Dialogue Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Dubbing Mixer, Sound Supervisor, Game Audio Designer, Live Sound, Acoustics, Noise Control, Studio Design, Location Sound, Forensic Audio, Audiology…
Alongside industries and businesses, some perhaps obvious, others not so:
Music, Film, TV, Radio, Games, Conference, Construction, National and Local Government, NHS, Rail, Shipping, Marketing, Banking, Mining, Vehicle Manufacture…
Many of our students progress on to post-graduate study – MSc and MA programmes in Audio / Sound Design, Acoustics and Noise Control, Audiology, Public Policy and Human development – to name but a few.
The final qualification for this programme is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.
The first year of the course introduces you to our recording studios, examining the roles of the Studio Recording Engineer and Music Producer. Understanding how music is captured, layered, edited and mixed is the foundation - all other roles and skills build upon this.
Building on skills and techniques from Year One, the teaching and learning in Year Two moves up a level from music to post production - creating sound for film, television and video games.
Career and progression are hot topics in Year 3 as your focus shifts from university life to industry or post-graduate study. Drawing upon your experience so far, this is the time create your best work, to make the biggest impact on your chosen path - something we call exit velocity.
As a guide, 20 credits typically represents around 52 hours of tutor contact time (e.g. lectures/workshops/feedback) and 148 hours of self-study time (usually over the course of a semester). These numbers may increase or decrease depending on the nature, length and level of the module, especially towards the end of the course.
Lectures, workshops and tutorials take place in our fully equipped labs and studios. Flexible access to studio and practical facilities, allow students to establish, practice and develop their work using professional level hardware and software. Relevant hardware and software training will be provided during studio, workshop and lecture sessions to support student work at all levels.
Throughout your course you will be assessed primarily on your creative use of technology. The emphasis is on practical submissions accompanied by presentations and written work in the form of supporting documentation and essays.
Practical exercises and studio driving tests during studio or workshop based sessions will be used as a means for students to monitor their progress along the way in order to help develop more formal assessment work.
Regular tutorials, group workshops and seminars allow students to seek advice, get valuable feedback and monitor their development across all aspects of the course.
Your primary location of study will be at our Riverside Campus, which is located on New Bailey Street in Manchester. As part of your course, some of your lessons may take place at our Futureworks Studios facility located in MediaCityUK, a few miles from the city centre.
Futureworks recognises that the skills, competencies and contribution of its staff are vital to the delivery of high quality Higher Education. All programmes are managed by a dedicated Programme Leader and team of experienced tutors, and our excellent links with industry employers mean you'll have access to exciting guest lectures and fantastic opportunities to gain experience on real-world projects.
Admissions requirements, course content and delivery can be subject to change to enable Futureworks to deliver a better quality of educational experience. Applicants are encouraged to check information on our relevant course pages from time to time, particularly before submitting any application for their academic year of study.
Students on degree courses at Futureworks are required to attend lessons according to the course timetable. Futureworks operates a Student Engagement Policy which has been developed as part of Futureworks' commitment to providing a supportive learning environment which enables all students who have chosen to study with us to achieve their full potential. The full Engagement Policy can be downloaded here.
Students are expected to pay their tuition fees (whether via a student loan and/or direct payment) on-time and in accordance with their Finance Agreement. If you fail to make payments according to the agreed schedule you may be suspended from your course until any outstanding fees are paid.
Students are liable for 25% of the course fees when they enrol in Term 1 (and stay after the 2 week change of mind period). If students attend in Term 2 they are liable for 50% of the course fees, and 100% if they attend in Term 3. Students will have a 2 week period at the beginning of the course where they will not be liable for fees if they leave the University.
If a student needs to retake any modules part-time, there is an additional tuition fee of £1127.50 per 20 credit module.
For it's Higher Education courses, Futureworks operates a robust three-stage complaints procedure which incorporates both the University of Central Lancashire and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. The Complaints Procedure is intended to provide an accessible, fair and straightforward system which ensures an effective, prompt and appropriate response. The full procedure can be downloaded here.
As a provider of Higher Education, our commitment to you is important and we therefore need regulations, policies and codes of conduct, which are designed to protect and maintain both academic quality and your rights and responsibilities as Futureworks students.
You need to be aware of their existence and their relevance to you and your studies. Alongside this, you may also have other separate arrangements with external organisations, such as the Student Loans Company, which you will need to ensure that you fully understand.
UCLan's academic regulations ensure that all students are treated in a fair way – from the moment you are accepted on to a course, through to assessments and the qualification that you are awarded.
You can find out more about UCLan's general policy documents, which together form the student contract, the basis of the contractual relationship between you, Futureworks and the University, here.
'Unfair means' includes copying the work of others (plagiarism) and passing it off as your own, and other forms of cheating in assessments. The use of unfair means is taken very seriously by Futureworks, and if you are suspected of using unfair means, you could be subject to disciplinary action under the Futureworks disciplinary procedure which may jeopardise your status as a student.
You have the right to cancel and withdraw within 14-days from the date your contract with Futureworks is entered into (the day the you accepted our offer of a place on the course). To cancel your application, complete this form and return it to: Admissions, Futureworks, Riverside, Manchester, M3 5FS.
Fees for the 2017/18 academic year are £6,765 per year.
You may be eligible for a student loan to cover most of the cost of your fees. Click here to find out more about tuition fee loans.
Alternatively, call us on 0161 214 4600 and speak to our admissions team to find out more.