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BSc(Hons)

Broadcast Audio and Music Technology

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H6J9
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Martyn Harries
Key fact:
Learn specialist knowledge and skills on a course developed in partnership with BBC Radio and Music Operations.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why broadcast audio and music technology?

Broadcast sound has a unique place in society, providing the soundtrack to our everyday lives.

Music, news, documentaries, drama and sport are streamed to our TVs computers and mobiles around the clock. Sound professionals are vital in the global delivery of these services.

With the broadcast industry predicting a critical shortfall in specialist sound skills, numerous opportunities exist for skilled graduates with a broadcast background.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Broadcast Audio and Music Technology is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS),the Music Producers Guild (MPG)and the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS).

Developed by leading industry figures and partnered with BBC Radio and Music Operations, this course addresses the skills gap in the broadcast industry.

Learn basic engineering skills and study recording techniques and the technological aspects of music.

Apply your creativity to enhance the sound and quality of audio and build a solid understanding of the science of sound, acoustics and recording.

Attend master classes with BBC Radio, hear from industry professionals and gain hands-on experience in industry standard facilities.

Get involved in inspiring projects for the radio and community, while developing your portfolio and gaining valuable industry experience.

Where can it take me?

You'll graduate ready to go into a wide range of careers in sound.

Opportunities are available in the broadcast and music industries and potential jobs include composition, location recording, sound design, tracklaying, and editing and mixing.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introductory Audio Programming
  • Audio Technology
  • Audio Engineering
  • Broadcast Technologies.

Year two

You will study:

  • Audio Process Design and Implementation
  • Applied Audio Systems
  • Audio Recording
  • Outside Broadcast.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Music Technology Project
  • Broadcast Practice
  • Audio Post Production.

Plus three optional modules (two if you've done a placement year) from:

  • Professional Experience, International Experience or Professional Development
  • Instrument Recording Investigation
  • Audio For Games
  • Software Development for Audio
  • Game Audio Programming
  • Live Sound
  • Sonic Art
  • Architectural Acoustics.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Getting to grips with new subjects can be demanding, but we aim to support you throughout your studies.

We take a practical approach that uses lab investigation and experiments to help you understand and remember ideas more easily.

Learn from leading industry professionals with extensive experience and networks in the broadcast and music industries. Attend lectures, discussion-based seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

Work in pairs or small groups to explore difficult concepts through discussion. Programmes of lectures provide explanation and overall guidance for the work.

Play and perform a range of musical styles at our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts. These include a thriving Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, Brass Consort, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Group, Chamber Choir and the University Singers.

Attend industry talks from visiting professionals, including TV and film sound recordists and composers from the BBC.

Join our Live Music Society and compete at its annual Battle of the Bands. Broadcast with fellow students on Hub Radio.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Showcase your work

Show your final year projects at the annual degree show.

Past exhibits include music and audio processing software and musical performances.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
129%71%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
315%85%0%100%

Assessment

Each module is assessed individually. The style of assessment will be appropriate to the modules and help you develop a range of technical, creative and practical skills.

You can expect a mix of exams, group presentations, portfolio development and group programme-making activities. You'll get ongoing formative feedback through practical sessions.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
127%48%25%100%
234%44%22%100%
33%86%11%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG). We also have links with the Institute of Professional Sound and the Association of Motion Picture Sound.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

You'll do a series of placements after your second year. This develops your portfolio and entrepreneurial skills. It also reflects the contract-based work you're likely to do after you graduate.

Past students have worked on video intake management, sound recording and post-production with organisations including the BBC, London Symphony Orchestra, Dolby Labs and Acoustic Design, Sound By Design and Bang Post Production (EMMY award winners for the BBC crime drama 'Sherlock').

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

We arrange trips to the Dolby Labs so you can experience the latest in feature film surround sound formats.

You'll also get to explore technology and sound systems behind the scenes on trips to locations such as BBC Studios and the Albert Hall.

We encourage students to get involved on projects with local organisations. Our students have worked with the BBC composing music for wildlife programmes and audio for food festivals, and producing podcasts for the Natural History Museum.

Study facilities

Gain valuable experience in the BBC's studios as well as UWE Bristol's well-equipped facilities.

Record and mix audio in our studios with professional standard analogue and digital consoles.

Enhance and mix music in our advanced surround mixing room, six control rooms and isolated booths - all equipped with industry standard monitoring.

Edit videos and audio with industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic and Adobe Premier.

A mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

As a graduate, you'll be able to create and record professional quality music and sound in live, studio and broadcast environments.

Career opportunities are available in the broadcast and music industries, involving composition, location recording, sound design, tracklaying, editing and mixing.

Watch Jim's YouTube video to see how learning from talented musicians and sound technicians led to his career as a music manager.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Music or Music Technology preferred, or Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Engineering, ICT, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Statistics. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Music or Music Technology preferred, or Biology, Chemistry, Computing/Computer Science, Design and Technology, Electronics, Engineering, ICT, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Statistics. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit, of which 15 credits must be from Science or Technology subjects.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in higher level Music preferred, or Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Information Technology in a Global Society, Maths.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be able to apply for Foundation year entry into this or related degree courses.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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