About the BSc (Hons) Degree in Audio and Recording Technology
The BSc (Hons) Degree in Audio and Recording Technology is an industry-focused course, ideal if you have a passion for music and audio production and want to develop a highly attractive portfolio of technical and creative skills that will help you pursue a successful career in the music and other allied industries.
The course is delivered at De Montfort University in conjunction with Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, allowing you to gain valuable practical experience in an industrial environment working in a real studio with professional recording specialists and musicians.
Students will develop technical and practical knowledge in a wide range of areas related to audio production. This will develop an attractive portfolio of skills and the ability to pursue careers in areas such as audio and recording production and post-production, sound system installation, management and sound for film and TV.
Whilst the course is predominantly targeted at students with an interest in the sound engineering aspects of the music industry, those with more artistic aspirations are still encouraged to apply.
Teaching and Assessment
The course modules are taught using a variety of methods. These include lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based exercises to disseminate knowledge and information and demonstrate and practical processes and techniques, and project-based learning to develop research, presentation and communication skills.
Assessment is also varied, and includes exams, practical projects and assignments.
Students will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14-16 hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.
First Year Modules
- Recording Technology I
- Sequencing Technology
- Multimedia Animation Production
- Audio Technology I
Second Year Modules
- Recording Technology II
- Audio Synthesis Technology
- Audio Technology II
- Interactive Media
Final Year Modules
- Technology Project
- Studio Technology
- Mastering and Post-Production
Students can improve their CV and put their skills into practice by taking a work placement as part of their studies.
The faculty of Technology at De Montfort University have a dedicated placement unit that provides support to all students looking to integrate a placement within their university career. Placements can enhance career prospects and give students the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before they graduate.
Students of this course have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local, national and international companies over the past three years – including Dean Street Studio and our own Creative Technology Studios.
De Montfort Universities multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.
The studios give students the opportunity to study in a new technology-led environment featuring industry standard equipment and gain the knowledge and experience of creative technologies to support your academic study. The studios are also supported by a team of academic specialists delivering teaching in the principles and techniques of media technology and production.
The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network enabling a seamless mixed media workflow.
Specifically, the facilities include:
- Industry standard video, audio and radio production suites
- A suite of over 20 High-Definition (HD) video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
- Television studios with HD video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
- Two fully equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
- Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional play out and management systems
- Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
- Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
- A high-speed, high definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media
Career opportunities after graduation can include studio recording, mixing, mastering and post-production, studio design and installation, film, television, multimedia sound integration and broadcast sound engineering.
Recent Graduates are now pursuing careers as freelance audio engineers, music producers, studio engineers and technical operators and work for companies including The Sound Company Ltd and the Ideal World Home Shopping Channel.
Entry requirements/Further Information
Please visit dmu.ac.uk for further information on fees and funding and the application process for this course.