This course involves a partnership between the University of Bolton and SSR Manchester (www.s-s-r.com). Studios are well equipped with analogue and state-of-the-art digital systems, software and IT facilities. The course is delivered fully at SSR in Manchester, but some travel between Bolton and Manchester will be necessary to make use of facilities at both sites. The course includes the fundamentals of sound systems, sound engineering, sound...
Best Courses in Audio engineering in Germany 2017. Sound Engineering & Design - FdSc [SSR Manchester]
This course involves a partnership between the University of Bolton and SSR Manchester (www.s-s-r.com). Studios are well equipped with analogue and state-of-the-art digital systems, software and IT facilities. The course is delivered fully at SSR in Manchester, but some travel between Bolton and Manchester will be necessary to make use of facilities at both sites. The course includes the fundamentals of sound systems, sound engineering, sound for TV and film, special effects, computer games audio design, electronic music, the scientific principles of sound, studio techniques, live sound and PA systems, sound synthesis and MIDI. A work placement period in the second year provides a useful link into the industry.
About the course
The course begins with the fundamentals of sound systems, sound design, studio principles and associated professional software taught in a highly hands-on manner. This continues into the second year but with a more in-depth approach to sound engineering concepts. Content will focus on audio post production techniques, Foley and sound effects, live sound, acoustics, synthesis and advanced studio techniques so that you can gain a wider experience of the applications of sound engineering and sound design.
If you choose to take the optional top-up course you will develop further your post-production techniques, as well as study PA systems design, mastering techniques, examine the business issues relevant to the digital media industries, and undertake a large student-led project.
Your work-placement will be undertaken in an audio-related environment of your choosing.
Having been a commercial recording studio and training school for 30 years, SSR has a large list of music industry contacts around the North West. These include local radio and TV as well as studios, concert halls, theatres and digital media companies. Course tutors will support students through the process of securing a work placement, offering advice and guidance where necessary.
Also, because of these links and its local and national reputation, SSR is able to maintain a profile of studio tutors that have either recent or current experience of the sound engineering industries as professional engineers.
What you will learn
This course is "skills rich”. In addition to acquiring the specific skills for sound engineering and sound design, you will also develop those vocational skills necessary to pursue a career in the audio and related industries. Teaching is heavily practically-based in studios and computer suites.
Recognised, key transferable skills are also embedded in the courses. These include written and presentational skills, analytical reasoning, inter-personal skills and self-management. You will also develop your ability to analyse, evaluate and resolve problems.
We use a wide variety of learning methodologies, including studio and computer laboratory sessions, demonstrations, activity-based assignments and the work-based placement. Assessment is linked to the objectives of each module. This may be by assignments, small projects, tests (practical and written), a demonstration or viva as appropriate.
What you will study
At Level 1 you will study: Scholarship; Studio Recording Techniques; Sound Engineering Principles; Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations; Studio Mixing Techniques; Sound Production for Visual Media.
At Level 2 the essential modules are: Audio Post Production Techniques; Advanced Studio Techniques; Live Sound Engineering; Synthesis and Audio Manipulation; Acoustics of Sound Production for Visual Media; Work-based Learning.
Top-up to BSc (Hons) - optional study at Level 3
On successful completion of the FdSc you will be able to top-up to the BSc (Hons) by an additional 12 months of study.
If you choose to top-up to the BSc (Hons) your final year your studies will include the following modules: Entrepreneurial Skills for Sound Engineers; Audio Mastering Techniques ; PA System Design; Advanced Post Production Techniques; Major Project.
The final year project is a major undertaking and counts as a double module. You will have a personal supervisor to support you in your investigations.
This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we will be unable to consider your application for this course.
160 UCAS points from at least one, but preferably two, A2-levels (or equivalent) including one of the following: a mathematical or physical science subject, a technology-based subject or music.
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.
You may be required to attend for interview.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).