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About the course

If you’re fascinated by the mechanics of recording, mixing and reproducing sound, whether it be for films, music or video games, Southampton Solent University’s audio engineering degree programme will help you gain the fundamental technical expertise and practical knowledge sought after by employers in the industry.

Southampton Solent’s audio engineering degree combines a high level of technical expertise at systems level, operational skills in a variety of audio production environments, and a practical knowledge of the media industries’ working practices. 

Students study the underlying audio signal chain from acquisition to propagation, and across a wide variety of platforms. Flexible options within the degree programme allow students to focus their studies on particular areas of interest for their career path, including film sound, game audio, radio and television broadcasting, and systems integration.

The course is continually revised to keep up with industry developments and also draws on the experience and input of Solent graduates working at the cutting edge.

The course has a long history of successful graduate employment, and recent graduates have found positions at leading organisations, such as Bloomberg, Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington Studios, Visions, SiS, F1, ITV and the BBC.

 

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Students can choose flexible options during their degree to focus on specific areas of interest.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from audio-related courses at Solent have gone on to positions such as studio engineer or acoustic design engineer at companies including Apple, Hackenbacker Audio Post Production, Abbey Road Studios, Dolby Laboratories, SSL Audio and Twickenham Film Studios.

Who is this course for?

This course will suit those who wish to learn about sound technology for the media or events industries.

The highly technical and practical course content will appeal to students wanting to gain the skills to pursue a career as a sound/audio engineer, broadcast engineer, or sound installation engineer.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry N163
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year O373
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year OG3S
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 


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Key entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A Levels including minimum Grade C in two relevant subjects excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • An interview is required for entry to this course.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: portfolio 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.


91%

of students feel the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

How to apply

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Core Skills
  • Signals and Sources
  • Engineering Physics
  • Audio Production Techniques 
  • Electronics Fundamentals
  • Computing Fundamentals

Year Two

Core units
  • Managing projects
  • Electronic applications
  • Computing and networking
  • Audio systems
  • Media formats

Options

  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Electroacoustics
  • Sound Design

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year Three

Core units
  • Media Technology Project
  • Media Networks and Communications
  • Audio Systems Design

Options

  • Cinema Technologies
  • Live Sound Technologies
  • Sound for Video and Computer Games
  • Audio Post Production
  • Communication Signal Processing
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

16%

Written Exams

63%

Assessment by coursework

21%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Polly Long academic profile Polly Long Course Leader View profile
Haydar Aygün academic profile Haydar Aygün Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Senior Lecturer View profile
Sean Lancastle academic profile Sean Lancastle Senior Lecturer View profile
Jonty Stewart academic profile Jonty Stewart, MIOA, MIET, MInstSCE Senior Lecturer View profile
Christos Chousidis academic profile Christos Chousidis Lecturer View profile
Andrew Horsburgh academic profile Andrew Horsburgh Lecturer View profile
James Jiang academic profile James Jiang Lecturer View profile
Steven Moulster academic profile Steven Moulster Lecturer View profile
Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Associate Professor View profile
Clive Thirlwall academic profile Clive Thirlwall Technical Instructor View profile

Facilities

Throughout the course you’ll use industry-standard ProTools|HD and Pyramix digital audio workstations for audio production tasks.

You’ll have access to a wide range of specialist facilities for the testing and demonstration of acoustics and electroacoustic principles, including a hemi-anechoic chamber, audio isolation booths for professional Foley and sound recordings, and audio post-production and dubbing theatres.

You’ll also be able to use our electronics lab for systems testing and circuit-building, plus professional analogue and digital live sound desks, 3D acoustics modelling software and other professional equipment.

Further specialist facilities include: five multi-track music recording studios, four radio studios, a 5.1 surround sound video dubbing studio, a 5.1 post-production suite, ProTools™ and Pyramix™ workstations, two multi-camera TV green-screen studios and a full 5.1-equipped, high-definition, multi-camera outside broadcast vehicle. There is also a wide range of location equipment for recording and live events.

The Solent campus boasts a range of high-tech facilities for the testing and demonstration of acoustics and electro-acoustic principles, as well as electronics labs and music recording studios. Students are encouraged to gain practical work experience, and previous students have worked at a number of high profile events.

Your future

Solent’s media technology programme has an excellent graduate employment rate, with a number of companies regularly recruiting directly from our courses.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Broadcast video or audio engineer in television or radio
  • Film sound consultant
  • Film sound recording engineer
  • Studio
  • Post-production and transmission engineers
  • Sound installation and design engineer.

85%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

85%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

Input from an industry panel ensures that the course remains up-to-date with the latest technology and developments, while you will also have access to regular guest lectures and technical talks from visiting academics and industry professionals.

Recent guest speakers have included the managing director of Vanguardia Consulting, an independent film sound designer and representatives from Advanced Communications Solutions.

You will also have the opportunity to attend relevant events and conferences, including Noise in Music and Entertainment, PLASA, BVE and Reproduced Sound.

Students have enjoyed a varied guest lecture programme with industry speakers including the managing director of Vanguardia Consulting, an independent film sound designer and representatives from Advanced Communications Solutions.

Placements

Practical experience is an extremely important element of the course, and each year students get involved with the technical broadcast and production of coverage for local and national events. Past students have been involved with the technical broadcast and production of coverage for events such as Glastonbury, Truckfest and Butserfest; and the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics, the final departure of the QE2 production of an internet news channel for the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam and BBC Children in Need.

Solent students have also obtained year-long work placements with companies such as Dolby.

Further study

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