The future of the audio industry is interactive. Every day new applications and games are released. With millions of users across the globe buying into interactive content for their personal devices and home entertainment systems anyone serious about working in sound simply cannot ignore this exciting and rapidly expanding industry.
This course, developed in consultation with industry, is designed to equip hard working and enthusiastic individuals with the skills to succeed as audio professionals in the game and interactive industries.
The UK is a world leader in this field and Futureworks is a world leader in educating for this sector, teaching game and interactive sound since 2010.
This course is a perfect blend of the technical and creative. If you are passionate about games, obsessed with sound and love dealing with complex technical challenges, then this is the course for you.
We’re looking for students who are intrigued by the sonification of our everyday lives and who want to be the next generation of interactive sound designers.
If you are interested in a career in game sound design, interactive music, commercial applications or even research, this course will give you both a theoretical and practical head start.
Working as part of an app development team, on a AAA game or for an indie studio; the audio specialist’s role generally involves any one, or often all of the following:
Sound Design, Music Production, Composition, Arranging, Recording, Dialogue Editing, Audio Programming, Sound Effects Recording, Sound Effects Editing, Foley, script editing, version control, asset management, data wrangling, vocalisations (animal, human, alien), efforts, backgrounds, cut scenes, trailers and cinematics, asset design and more besides.
The final qualification for this programme is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.
This is the foundation of the course, introducing you to the building blocks of game and interactive audio.
Building on your first year, this part of the course is essential in establishing a career focus and shaping your final year.
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.
£6,765 per year
You may be eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance which will fund up to £6,165 per year towards your tuition fees. Please see our Tuition Fees page for more information.
You may find it beneficial to invest in additional equipment and/or study resources to support your learning. Additionally, there may be the option of attending events outside of Futureworks which would further enhance your studies. We recommend that you budget in the region of £300 to £600 over the duration of the course to cover these expenses.
The annual course tuition fee is fixed upon entry for individual students, and as such will not be subject to any annual increase once enrolled.
To be considered for this course, you will require:-
Applicants are expected to have at least a 'C' in GCSEs Maths and English.
Non-UK applicants will need to have an English Language qualification at International Level B2 or higher, such as an IELTS of 6.0 or better (with no component below 5.5).
Students with equivalent qualifications will also be accepted.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview where you will have the opportunity to talk about your work, influences and interests. Ideal applicants will have a keen interest in sound, music and technology. You are welcome to bring any relevant examples of work with you, if you have them.
You can apply for this course by submitting an application via the UCAS system. The UCAS codes for this course are, as follows:-
UCAS Code: To be announced
Institution Code: C30
Application deadline: January 2017
Futureworks is currently unable to accept any applications from anyone who requires a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK. Please see our Admissions page for more details or give our Admissions team a call on 0161 214 4602
If you wish just to cancel your application to Futureworks, you can do this by logging into your UCAS track and cancelling Futureworks as a choice. You can only do this if we have not yet sent you an offer.
If we have sent you an offer and you wish to cancel your application to us, you can reject the offer on your UCAS track.
If you accept your offer and then decide you wish to withdraw your application to us, you will need to call the Admissions department on 0161 214 4602 and ask them to release you from your offer.
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 technical ability and creative output, with an emphasis 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 the students 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.