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BSc (Hons) Live Sound Technology

Backstage or behind the desk, help create the sound of live events

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Do you have a passion for live music? Are you hoping to work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry? This practical and skills based live audio technology degree will help you develop a high level of working knowledge, fully equipped to install, operate and customise modern audio systems and pursue a range of careers in the music and live events industry. 

  • Past students have been given the opportunity to work at events including Glastonbury and Bestival, as well as helping with live BBC broadcasts.
  • Members of the course team have ongoing links with the media technology and live entertainment industries.
  • Students are able to access our industry standard facilities, including one of the few University owned HD outside broadcast vehicles, a Dolby certified private cinema (featuring Dolby Atmos film playback and mixing environments), a hemi-anechoic chamber and an in-house acoustics laboratory.
  • The course includes an extensive curriculum of hands-on sessions, taking place in a range of simulated studio environments and working entertainment venues.
  • Staff encourage students to pursue work experience throughout the course. Past students have shadowed stage managers and assisted with noise management at large events.
  • This course has been developed alongside industry contacts to help ensure that students graduate with the skills that employers need.

The industry

The UK’s live music industry has a value of over £1 billion and is one of the general music industry’s fastest growing areas. As a result, there continues to be opportunities for professionals with the correct specialist skills to find employment. These opportunities include work in systems installation, lighting operation, noise monitoring and sound.

The programme

Students studying live sound technology will have the chance to build these specialist skills by using our industry standard media facilities. These include radio and audio recording studios, Foley booths, digital mixing systems and channel desks.

Students are also able to use our HD outside broadcast vehicle, giving them first-hand experience of the time and quality pressures associated with outside broadcasting.

The course focuses on helping students to improve their employability. As such, past students have been given regular opportunities to conduct work experience at live music and sporting events. These opportunities have included work at some of the UK’s biggest music festivals.

The course team have worked in the live sound industry in a variety of roles. This allows them to draw on their extensive experience to offer students training in the latest industry standards.

This course also offers students the opportunity to collaborate with students from Southampton Solent’s other creative programmes. This collaborative environment simulates real working practices and helps prepare learners to work with professionals from other disciplines after graduation.

Next steps

Think a career in live sound engineering might be for you? With opportunities to develop your skills at popular live events, free access to industry standard facilities and a teaching team made up of experienced industry professionals, Southampton Solent’s live sound technology degree programme can help you to develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year 3JZD
  • 3 Years Standard entry XCS5

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Solent students at Truck Festival
 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Core skills
  • Signals and sources
  • Physics of light and sound
  • Audio production techniques
  • Electronics fundamentals
  • Computing fundamentals.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Managing projects
  • Audio systems
  • Media formats 
  • Live sound techniques
  • Live event technology. 

Option

  • electroacoustics
  • Sound design.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Media technology project
  • Live sound technologies
  • Event management.

Options

  • Audio systems design
  • Sound for video and computer games 
  • Audio post-production
  • Curriculum Plus 
  • Broadcast distribution technologies.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through studio and entertainment venue work, lectures and classroom-based study.

Work experience
The course team has extensive and varied links to industry, and you’ll have frequent opportunities to act as technical support for events, including music festivals, concerts, gigs and sporting events.

We regularly take groups of 40–50 students to small festivals like Truckfest and Butserfest, where you have a chance to work as part of a Solent team with complete technical control of an entire stage: responsible for building staging, installing the PA and lighting, lighting design and control, and front-of-house, monitor and broadcast mixing.

We are also offering opportunities to carry out noise monitoring or to shadow stage managers at events like the Isle of Wight festival, Glastonbury and Bestival.

Assessment
The course is assessed using written assignments, presentations, production portfolios and short tests.

Our facilities

Throughout the course you will have access to our extensive media facilities and the latest equipment. We have two fully featured radio and audio recording studios with a shared live room, and two 5.1 surround studios for video post-production, one of which has its own Foley booth with linked video monitoring and talkback. All the studios have Pyramix and Pro Tools multi-track recording facilities.

For live sound we have an Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system with 16- and 48-channel stage boxes and a T112 control surface, as well as a Soundcraft GB8 32-channel analogue desk and a variety of 12-16 channel analogue and digital desks.

These are accompanied by a wealth of outboard compressors, gates, EQs and effects processors, and an H&K Elias EPX PA system (four active 15” subs and four active 12” mid-tops), four channels of passive monitoring and an extensive range of microphones.

Our outside broadcast (OB) truck runs in full HD with three Ikegami HD55 system cameras, four Panasonic 371 cameras, a For-A 12-input vision mixer, a Blackmagic 40 x 40 vision router and a 96-channel Vi6 sound desk, as well as picture and waveform monitoring, PMC audio monitors, a Pyramix multi-track recording system and a Trilogy intercoms system.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year 3JZD
  • 3 Years Standard entry XCS5

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

This course provides the relevant skills for a wide range of roles within both the live event industry and related areas such as systems installation, lighting operation, and noise monitoring and control.

Links with industry

We consult extensively with employers to embed sought-after professional skills within the course, actively encourage work experience opportunities and provide a blend of live briefs and real-world scenarios where you can practise your skills.

Transferable skills

Through group tasks and projects, and working at small and large-scale live events, you will build valuable teamwork, communication and time-management skills.

Further study

Southampton Solent offers a wide range of postgraduate courses in audio engineering or acoustics, including our MSc Applied Acousticsand the Institute of Acoustics (IoA)’s Postgraduate Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Many of our graduates have found work with PA and production companies, while a small selection have gone on to further study or work in acoustics, with companies such as Robert Nisbet Event Production Services, WSP Acoustics and TNEI Services.

Solent's media technology courses at the New Forest Show

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels including minimum Grade D or above excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • You will be asked to attend an interview for this course.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year.

Interview requirements

Before attending your interview, please read the following: Interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year 3JZD
  • 3 Years Standard entry XCS5



 

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