BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering & Production
AUDIO ENGINEERING & PRODUCTION
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 postgraduate study.
It’s a course for anyone passionate about sound. So whether it’s music, film dialogue or sound effects, provided you share our obsession for the way audio 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.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS PROGRAMME?
You will love our facilities – our recording studios are among the best in the country. We have 12 music, mastering and post production studios, featuring top of the range consoles such as Neve, Avid S6, SSL and Icon, with stunning monitoring and classic microphones to match. You can see more about our incredible facilities elsewhere on the site, but our main claim is that all the studios contain the hardware and software you will be expected to work on in the real world of audio engineering.
This course will enable you to progress through every studio, starting with the simplest, working up to the biggest and most advanced facilities. By the time you leave us, you will be confident working in virtually any studio environment.
What sets Futureworks apart is our tutor team. Our experienced and professional tutors are industry active, feeding current techniques from live briefs and high profile projects into your programme of study. They bring energy and industry expertise.
Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree programmes are a blend of technology and creativity, designed to target a wide range of career opportunities.
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…
Many of our students progress on to postgraduate study – MSc and MA programmes in Sound & Music Production, 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.
FUTURE START DATES
- September 2022
- September 2023
Tuition Fees are £9,250 per year.
You may be eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance. 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.
To be considered for this course, you will require 104 UCAS points.
This could be gained via a number of qualifications, for example:
- BCC or above at A2 Level
- DMM or above at Extended Diploma Level
- M or above at UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Level
- A proven interest in this area
If you’re unsure how many points you have you can use the UCAS tariff calculator.
Remember that qualifications such as Graded Examinations in Music Performance and Arts Award (Gold) can also count towards your UCAS points – check the tariff calculator!
All applicants are expected to have at least a ‘C’ in GCSEs Maths and English Language or equivalent. 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.
HOW TO APPLY
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: J9W3
Institution Code: F98
For information about applying in July and August, please see our Clearing page. Futureworks is currently unable to accept any applications from anyone who requires a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK.
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Student Protection Plan
Futureworks maintains a Student Protection Plan which has been approved by the Office for Students. The plan sets out the actions Futureworks will take, in co-ordination with its validating partner, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), to ensure that students are protected in the event of a material change to Futureworks’ operations.
A material change may include the decision to close one or more courses, or a decision to cease operations altogether. A material change may, however, be triggered by decisions taken outside of Futureworks control, such as loss of designation/registered status with the Office for Students, or the decision by a validating partner to not renew the delivery one or more courses.
You can download a copy of the plan here.
CANCELLING YOUR APPLICATION
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.
AWARD: Bachelor of Science Honours Degree
DURATION: 3 Years (Full Time)
HE LEVEL 4 (YEAR 1)
- Recording and Production 1 (40 credits)
- Mixing and Delivering Music (20 credits)
- Digital Tools and Workflow (20 credits)
- Contextual Research (20 Credits)
- Career and Portfolio Development (20 credits)
HE LEVEL 5 (YEAR 2)
- Recording and Production 2 (20 credits)
- Mixing for Picture (40 credits)
- Post Production (20 credits)
- Digital Tools and Workflow 2 (20 credits)
- Research Project (20 credits)
HE LEVEL 6 (YEAR 3)
- Honours Project (40 credits)
- Recording and Production 3 (20 credits)
- Mastering and Delivery (20 credits)
- Dissertation (20 credits)
- Professional Portfolio Management (20 credits)
WHAT ARE CREDITS?
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.
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.
PAYMENT OF TUITION FEES
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 will be an additional tuition fee per 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.
THE STUDENT CONTRACT
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.
USE OF UNFAIR MEANS
‘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.
YOUR RIGHT TO CANCEL
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.
Teaching & Assessment
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 the programme 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 you to monitor your 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 your development across all aspects of the programme.
LOCATION OF DELIVERY
You will study at our Riverside Campus, located in the centre of Manchester. As part of your course, some of your lessons may take place at our filming facility, Futureworks Studios located in MediaCityUK, a few miles from the city centre.
Futureworks recognises that the skill and contribution of its teaching 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. 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.
Fees for the 2022/23 academic year
Fees are £9,250 per year.
As an approved provider of Higher Education, financial support is available for all Futureworks degree and diploma courses and as part of your application to study at Futureworks, you’ll need to think about how you’ll be funding your course. Depending on your circumstances, there’s a range of financial help and support available.
Fees for the 2023/24 academic year
Fees will be £9,250 per year. This may be subject to change as determined by government policy.
Funding for degree courses
Degree courses are eligible for funding via a loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and students can apply for a loan for each year of study. It is important that when you apply for student finance you list Futureworks Training Ltd as the institution you will be studying at so that delays in payment of your loans (and grants if applicable) are avoided.
For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. To find out how much you are eligable you need to apply for Student Finance. Applying for Student Finance can be done here.
Our Admissions Team is here to help, and they can guide you through the process. If you have any questions about funding your degree programme, or about tuition fee loans and/or direct debits, please call us on 0161 214 4602.
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