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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 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.

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.

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.

Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Past students have been given the opportunity to work at events including Glastonbury and Bestival, as well as helping with live BBC broadcasts.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those who love live performances and who wish to learn the technology of creating live entertainment events.

The highly practical course is ideal for those looking to gain hands-on experience in the creation and installation of modern audio systems for events of all sizes.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Media Technology Foundation Year JJ93
  • 3 Years Standard Entry XCS5
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
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 2018/19 international fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels including minimum Grade D or above excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Media Technology Foundation Year.

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.


85%

of students are satisfied with the quality of this course

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 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
  • Physics of Light and Sound
  • Audio Production Techniques
  • Electronics Fundamentals
  • Computing Fundamentals

Year two

Core units
  • Managing Projects
  • Audio Systems
  • Media Formats 
  • Live Sound Techniques
  • Live Event Technology

Options

  • Electroacoustics
  • Sound Design

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

Year three

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
  • Audio Acoustic Design

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

14%

Written exams

60%

Assessment by coursework

26%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Head of Subject View profile
Polly Long academic profile Polly Long Course Leader View profile
Andrew Horsburgh academic profile Andrew Horsburgh Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Senior Lecturer View profile
Juan Battaner-Moro academic profile Juan Battaner-Moro Senior Lecturer View profile
James Jiang academic profile James Jiang Associate Professor 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 the course you'll 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.

This course has been developed alongside industry contacts to help ensure that students graduate with the skills that employers need and also includes an extensive curriculum of hands-on sessions, taking place in a range of simulated studio environments and working entertainment venues.

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. Southampton Solent offers a wide range of postgraduate courses in audio engineering or acoustics.

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 links

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. Members of the course team have ongoing links with the media technology and live entertainment industries.

Placements

Staff encourage students to pursue work experience throughout the course. Past students have shadowed stage managers and assisted with noise management at large 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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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