Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Audio and Music Technology

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Course summary

Discover how sound works and how technology can help you to master it with our industry-accredited Audio and Music Technology degree. With our BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology degree, you’ll integrate theories of sound into your audio projects, as you build a portfolio for a future career in the creative industries, including live sound, gaming, broadcast and film. Under the guidance of experienced academic staff and industry-active practitioners, you will spend time developing a broad, balanced skill set, acquiring proficiencies in the design, integration, and operation of the technologies and techniques that will underpin your future career. Study on a degree that scored 100% for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019. Our Audio and Music Technology course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). The JAMES trained assessors and the accreditation panel members are working professionals with the experience and knowledge to evaluate the industrial relevance of a course. Make the most of Cambridge’s diverse music scene with our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live – from classical music to UK rap or even film and computer game soundtrack, there are plenty of opportunities to explore your style. Take advantage of an optional work placement between years two and three, plus internships with our industry partners and practitioners. Opportunities like these provide great experience to include on your CV plus a fantastic opportunity to make those essential industry contacts. Spend time working in climate-controlled recording studios and audio/video production facilities with support from our dedicated technical team. Join our award-winning Audio Music Technology Society and gain access to work experience at professional venues. Facilities Make the most of our facilities to develop your music and experiment with different styles and techniques as you immerse yourself in our industrious and collaborative student community. You'll have access to: • five state-of-the-art, climate-controlled recording studios that encompass the demands and variety of modern audio workflows • industry-standard software including Pro-tools, Logic and Ableton Live • professional analogue audio mixing consoles and processing equipment from leading audio brands such as Audient, Warm Audio, Avalon, Universal Audio, Solid State Logic (SSL) and PMC • a fully equipped podcast studio with live multi-camera recording • a large acoustically treated critical listening room and AV lab containing 20 Apple Mac audio workstations • an impressive selection of professional microphones with overnight loans available for microphones and portable recording devices • rehearsal rooms, 6 pianos and a spacious recital hall. Careers Our Audio and Music Technology course focuses heavily on the science and technology that underpins the subject area – the aim being that you'll have a wide range of career paths open to you once you graduate. We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Many of past students now enjoy successful careers in the music industry and beyond – from recording and mix engineers and acoustic consultants through to lecturers and technicians, the choice is up to you. Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Course details


Year one, core modules Acoustics, Sound and Music Basic Recording and Studio Techniques Computer Modelling Core Technology Digital Electronics Mathematics for Technology 1 Year one, optional modules Studio Practice Analogue Electronics Year two, core modules Advanced Acoustics and Psycho-Acoustics Advanced Studio Practice Audio Electronics Digital Music Format Live Recording Practice Year two, optional modules Audio for Film Composition Software Design Methods and Technology Project Audio for Games Electronic Circuits Signals and Signal Processing Year three, core modules Final Studio Portfolio 1 Final Studio Portfolio 2 Dissertation Year three, optional modules Digital Performance Live Sound Engineering Multimedia Production Technology Analogue and Digital Synthesis Audio Programming Independent Learning Module

Assessment method

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress and ensure that you have the practical skills demanded by employers. Assessments will include portfolios of recordings, essays and reports, log books, posters and presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements.

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Unistats information

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

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
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Audio and Music Technology at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS