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Audio and Recording Technology BSc (Hons)

On this industry-focused degree you will develop the specialist portfolio of technical and creative skills you need to forge a successful career in audio production.

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Overview

Explore the science and technology of audio and recording systems and learn first-hand how they can be used effectively in recording, mixing and mastering sound design.

On this course you will specialise in recording, mixing and mastering audio, in professional studio environments, on location, and live. You will learn the principles of electronics and acoustics, study the measurement and design of recording and audio production environments and produce sound for digital media, including radio, video, multimedia and online. 

Through core modules, you will learn about the fundamentals of audio engineering, discover the acoustical foundations of musical sounds in Sounds Analysis and Perception, and be introduced to studio techniques. In your second and third year, you will then be able to tailor your studies to your area of interest and career aspirations with a wide range of optional modules, including Studio Radio Production, Ensemble Recording and Sound Design.

You will build a skillset that will equip you for roles in areas such as studio recording, audio and post-production, sound system installation, management and sound for film and TV. Our graduates have gone on to work in successful roles for major companies including Bauer Media and Spotify.

Key features

  • Study a course which is accredited by Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), on behalf of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG), and the UK Screen Association. This accreditation recognises the quality and suitability of this course to meet industry needs.
  • Develop your practical skills in our creative technology studios. You will benefit from access to a host of audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems. The studio facilities include mixing desks and digital audio workstations, each equipped with comprehensive libraries of audio effects and samples.
  • Tackle an exciting range of real-life projects and get to meet like-minded students by joining our student societies, including the Audio Recording Society and Sound Design Society.
  • Enhance your professional skills with a range of exciting work placements, at companies such as HQ Recording Studio, a leading studio specialising in Urban, R&B and Hip Hop.
  • Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the award-winning Demon Media group, which includes the Demon FM radio station and Demon TV.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: J930

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: J930

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditation 

 

 

First year

  • Introduction to Studio Techniques (core)

  • Sound analysis and perception (core)

  • Audio Engineering Fundamentals (core)

  • Digital Music Creativity: Synthesis (core)

  • Studio Recording Essentials (core)

  • Academic Fundamentals (core)

  • Audio Electronics Fundamentals (core)

  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (core)

Second year

 

  • Studio Production Techniques (core)
  • Further Audio Electronics (core)
  • Live Sound and Location Recording (optional)
  • Further Digital Signal Processing (optional)
  • Procedural Programming for Music (optional)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Advanced Synthesis (optional)
  • Studio Signal Processing (core)
  • Acoustics Fundamentals (core)
  • Negotiated Project (optional)
  • Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (optional)
  • Ensemble Recording (optional)
  • Radio Studio Production (optional)

Final year

  • MAT Research Project (core)
  • Critical Listening and Audio Analysis (core)
  • Audio Recording and Production for Film and TV (optional)
  • Acoustics Applications (optional)
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing (optional)
  • Audio Mastering and Application (core)
  • Spatial Audio Production (optional)
  • Broadcast Technologies (optional)
  • Advanced Musical Electronics (optional)
  • Sound Design (optional)
  • Radio Location Production (optional)

Course modules are taught using a variety of methods, including lectures, tutorials, seminars and work based exercises enabling you to share knowledge, information and demonstrate practical techniques.

Project based learning is also used to develop your research, presentation and communication skills. Assessment includes exams, practical projects and assignments. 

 

 

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required. 

 

James Industry Accredited

This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) on behalf of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and the UK Screen Association.

JAMES is made up of dedicated audio industry professionals and academics, and their role is to create and maintain supportive links between education and the media industries including accreditation, industry support and student careers advice.

Facilities and features

Creative Technology Studios

Our multi-million pound  creative technology studios feature a range of high-specification equipment. You will benefit from our multichannel composition studios and a suite of recording studios, as well as industry-standard software for recording, creating and manipulating sound.

These studio facilities feature mixing desks by SSL, Audient and Yamaha, microphones by Neumann, AKG and Sennheiser, and digital audio workstations such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live, each equipped with comprehensive libraries of audio effects and samples.

We have purpose-built audio recording and production facilities, and a multichannel performance space with loudspeaker orchestra and broadcast-standard radio station. You will also  be able to borrow from a substantial resource of audio and audio-visual equipment. This includes mixers, audio interfaces, DI boxes, stereo multichannel field recording kits, and studio and stage microphones.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Whether you dream of working as a producer or your passion lies in developing technical tools for other audio professionals, this course helps you to develop the skills you need to succeed in the music or media industries.

Recent graduates are now pursuing careers as audio engineers, music producers, studio engineers and technical operators, working for companies including Bauer Media, Spotify and Future Publishing.

We also support students with entrepreneurial ambitions, with success stories as freelancers and in new company start-ups.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

As part of DMU Global, students on Audio and Music courses have  explored sonic arts in Berlin, translated art into music in Stockholm and toured the home of hip hop in New York.  Planning is also underway for a trip to Tokyo, where students can experience contemporary Japanese art, youth culture, and music and audio technology.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021.

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Placements

 

During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

Previous students have taken up placements with companies and studios such as HQ Recording Studio and Dean Street Studio.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with CV advice, mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

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