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About the course

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

The live events industry has seen a surge of technology advances in the last 10 years, with live performances forming a backbone for the music industry. This degree supports you to develop the skills for an exciting career in the technical side of events, where there is great demand for skilled engineers and technicians.

Throughout your studies you will have the chance to build specialist skills with practical learning opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities; from our Dolby Atmos Cinema to our HD outside broadcast vehicle. This gives you first-hand experience of the time and quality pressures associated with outside broadcasting and live events.

With the crossover between audio and visual technologies and the move to audio over IP being more prominent than ever within the live events industry, you will understand the technologies from rigging to operation utilising our close industry links throughout your programme of study.

The course has a strong focus on helping you improve your 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 including Glastonbury and IOW festival.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Live event technology at Solent aims to encompass all areas of live events and as such students will have access to a plethora of equipment and facilities to work with in their time here.

What does this course lead to?

Students graduating from this course can secure roles as freelance sound and lighting engineers or be employed in roles within live events and outside broadcasting companies or audio/visual technicians designing and implementing systems.

Who is this course for?

The course is ideal for those looking to gain hands-on experience in the creation and installation of modern audio, video and lighting systems for events of all sizes. Technical theory and operation practice is introduced in a practical and applied manner.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • All UK applicants are required to attend an interview.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For more information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Audio Production
    On this module you will learn how the technology of audio production works, as well as the techniques of recording and mixing music for studio or live sound - and how to make your understanding of the technology improve the quality of your recording and mixing.
  • Introduction to Acoustics
    In this module we will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of acoustics, examining the properties of sound and vibration. You will study how sound is propagated, transmitted and absorbed, and its behaviour under different conditions.
  • Engineering Principles
    This module will help you to understand how to quantify and model physical properties and phenomena as well as how to critically analyse observations. You will explore mathematical techniques and be introduced to functions such as logarithms and sine.
  • Electronic Fundamentals
    This module is designed to introduce you to a range of fundamental electronic components and their operational characteristics. You will consider key properties in the context of audio and visual technologies.
  • Video Production
    You will learn about TV studio equipment, how to set it up, how it works as a system and how to operate it. By creating a short TV programme you will also learn single camera operation, to create inserts for a programme.
  • Computing and Networking
    On this module you will explore how computers are built and discover the unique way in which computers store, manipulate, and display data and what the implications of this are on the way you use computing tools.

Year two

Core modules
  • Audio Systems
    This module will introduce you to the core concepts relating to small room acoustics, electroacoustic transducers and the typical components of professional audio systems, including Audio over IP.
  • Live Sound Techniques
    You will gain an appreciation of the many factors that need to be accounted for in live sound reinforcement and live recording and will be able to select tools and techniques appropriate to a variety of contexts, setups and situations encountered.
  • Project Management
    This module has a focus on group work and management of that process. Learning how to communicate effectively, organise information and identify roadblocks is vital in successfully managing a project.
  • Media Formats
    In this module you will learn about a variety of different signal coding and container formats in order to critically evaluate a range of standard compression codecs for media applications.
  • Event Technology
    In this module you will obtain an appreciation of the many factors that need to be accounted for, in putting on Live Events and will be able to select tools and techniques appropriate to a variety of contexts, setups and scenarios.

Options

  • Practical Electronics
    In this module you will be supported to develop problem-solving and fault-finding skills through practical projects. 
  • Audio Post Production
    Within this module, you will focus upon signal flow, workflow terminology and underlying creative principles that are appropriate to audio post-production.

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

Year three

Core units
  • Live Sound Technologies
    In this module you'll gain an appreciation of the factors that need to be accounted for in specifying, configuring and operating professional sound reinforcement systems and will be able to select tools and techniques appropriate to a variety of settings. 
  • Audio Systems Design
    In the module you will explore a range of methods and underlying principles in order to analyse acoustic environments for a range of applications, design appropriate sound reproduction and control systems.
  • Project
    The project module is aimed at allowing you to show off both your technical and your project management skills and is typically one of the main things that employers are interested in when interviewing for graduate roles.
  • Event Management
    This module will allow you to explore the skills and expectations of a managed environment, particularly that of live events.

Options

  • Transducer Design
    In this module you will discuss and reflect upon the basic physics involved in what we call “transducing”, namely the transformation of acoustic energy into electric energy and vice versa.
  • Sound for Games
    In this module you will explore the way that sound is recorded, produced, manipulated and encoded within a video game. 
  • Media Networks and Communications
    This module introduces you to the specific techniques and technologies employed in the transfer and distribution of broadcast media. 

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Meet the course team

Polly Hickling academic profile Polly Hickling Course Leader View profile
Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Professor View profile
Juan Battaner-Moro academic profile Juan Battaner-Moro Senior Lecturer View profile
Ludovico Ausiello academic profile Ludovico Ausiello Senior Lecturer View profile
Lee Davison academic profile Lee Davison Associate Lecturer View profile
Matthew Hickling academic profile Matthew Hickling Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to use a range of high quality facilities including;

  • 96 seat Dolby Atmos cinema with the ability to mix and render Dolby Atmos content in Pro Tools.
  • Outside broadcast vehicle with seven ENG system cameras, up to 64-channels of audio mixing and plenty of monitoring and signal analysis.
  • State-of-the-art motion tracked multi-camera TV studio with a green infinity cove for chromakey.
  • Flagship music recording studio with Avid S6 control surface, high-quality Dynaudio monitoring and industry-standard outboard.
  • 5.1 audio dubbing theatres for recording and mixing Foley FX, ADR and music to picture content.
  • Spatial audio and VR lab, currently a 25 loudspeaker system for Ambisonic decoding and multiple Vive and Oculus headsets for VR.
  • Large hemi-anechoic chamber for test and measurement.
  • Electronics laboratory for design, test and build of hardware. Multiple power supplies, oscilloscopes and soldering stations.
  • Highly configurable broadcast laboratory/racks room for test and measurement.
  • Gaming and networking laboratories with high-performance gaming machines.
  • Access to industry-standard software for media editing, engineering simulation, coding, signal processing and analysis.
  • Multiple music, radio and TV studios for taught classes and student bookings.
  • Multiple audio and video non-linear editing suites for taught classes and student bookings.

Students can participate in student-led societies related to the degree, which include Solent Live Events Society, Sonar Cinema, Sonar Radio and Sonar TV.  

Your future

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.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Freelance audio/lighting engineer
  • Live sound/broadcast audio engineer
  • A/V technician
  • Systems design engineer
  • Project manager
  • Systems/hardware engineer
  • Technical sales manager
  • Event manager
  • Vision engineer

Industry links

The course team maintain very close links with alumni and as a result are well placed to arrange work experience and placement opportunities for students from level four to level six, as well as internship schemes upon graduation.

These links also enable frequent guest lectures from industry on specialist subjects, as well as industry visits to see and use specialist equipment. Students that participate in the opportunities frequently secure their first job as a result of the experience gained.

Placements

Students are offered a variety of work experience opportunities throughout their time studying at Solent. This has recently included aiding the production of content in roles such as sound assistant or noise monitoring at a variety of festivals including Glastonbury, IOW and Victorious.

Placements with companies can range from a summer to an entire year out of study. These have recently been in roles such as hardware/software engineering to production assistants for companies such as Dolby, Video Illusions, Vanguardia, NEP.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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