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About the course

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 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 and live events industry.

This course is now closed for 2020 entry. Why not have a look at our other courses?

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
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
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 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

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

This course is now closed for 2020 entry. Why not have a look at our other courses?

  • 96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent
  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 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 19 in each individual 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.

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

This course is now closed for 2020 entry. Why not have a look at our other courses?

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:

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 modules
  • Audio Production
  • Introduction to Acoustics
  • Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Fundamentals
  • Video Production
  • Computing and Networking

Year two

Core modules
  • Audio Systems
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Project Management
  • Media Formats
  • Event Technology


  • Practical Electronics
  • Audio Post Production

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

Year three

Core units
  • Live Sound Technologies
  • Audio Systems Design
  • Project
  • Event Management


  • Transducer Design
  • Sound for Games
  • Media Networks and Communications

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


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.


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

Solent also offers a range of Master’s degrees including MSc Applied Acoustics.

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.


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.

Further study

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