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Course summary

Our Live Audio Engineering & Music Production degree will give you the edge in the music and creative industries. Whether it’s recording up-and-coming talent in the studio, working front-of-house at your favourite venues, or planning tours and living on the road that makes you excited to be a part of this industry, Spirit Studios, Manchester will help you develop the sound engineering and people skills that will make you invaluable to any session, gig or tour. From the very beginning of your audio engineering course, you will learn on industry-standard equipment in our professional-level facilities. And with access to our studios, purpose-built live venue and editing suites in your own time, you will have every opportunity to perfect your skills and become confident in running sessions and dealing with artists, as well as build up a strong understanding of acoustics, stage monitoring, live event production and more. Helping you gain the knowledge, skills and attitude required to gain employment or become self-employed within the creative industries is central to our Live Audio Engineering & Music Production degree. You will learn everything you need to know about breaking into the sectors you are interested in, becoming self-employed, maintaining work and building your professional profile. With career development modules running through all three years of the degree and an industry work placement as part of your studies, you will leave Spirit Studios well equipped, with professional experience under your belt and an advantage over the competition. About Spirit Studios Spanning over four decades of iconic music history in Manchester, our early days as a commercial recording studio and rehearsal space saw the likes of local legends The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Simply Red and many more passing through our doors. Spirit Studios then became the first music production and sound engineering school in the UK (formerly known as School of Sound Recording), and since then we’ve continued to nurture the next generation of producers, engineers, artists and business owners. Our purpose-built facilities, expert insight, professionally active tutors and creative partnerships enable us to offer the most up to date and relevant training, and provide you with real career opportunities.


Year One - Live Sound Practice 1 - Studio Practice - Audio Concepts - Career Development 1 - Year Two - Live Sound Practice 2 - Studio Mixing and Music Production - Audio Manipulation - Career Development 2 - Networked Audio Systems - Year Three - Advanced Live Sound Practice - Advanced Studio Practice - Audio Mastering - Career Development 3

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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European applicants may not be able to attend an interview in the UK; once your application has been processed, you should submit an e-portfolio, CD or DVD of your recent work by arrangement with us; this will be followed by a telephone interview.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
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