University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sound, Light & Live Event Engineering with Foundation Year

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Course summary

One of the leading courses of its kind in the country, our course is an ideal route to technical careers in live events. You’ll learn from industry-experienced tutors in our dedicated facilities with world-class equipment. With the technology involved becoming ever more complex, there is an urgent demand for more skilled engineers and technicians in the industry. Key features of this course

  • RANKINGS: The course ranks No 1 in the UK for student satisfaction with the course and satisfaction with teaching (The Guardian University Guide 2023 - Electronic and Electrical Engineering subject area). Plus in the 2022 National Student Survey, 100% of students were satisfied with the course overall and the teaching on the course
  • FACILITIES: Work in a challenging, stimulating and creative learning environment – harnessing world-class equipment in our dedicated facilities
  • INDUSTRY EXPERTS: Learn from inspirational tutors who have vast experience in the industry and are experts in their fields
  • EXPERIENCE: Gain experience working on real live events
  • PLACEMENT YEAR: Take the chance to go on an optional industrial year to strengthen your practical skills further still
  • EMPLOYABILITY: Look forward to excellent employment prospects: our graduates have gone on to work internationally on everything from James Bond film premières to star-studded concerts
WHAT YOU'LL COVER: This degree covers a broad range of subjects – from lighting technology, audio engineering, video systems, live streaming, power distribution and rigging to electronics, computer networks, acoustics, computer-aided design and simulation. You will learn both the theory and practice relating to the underlying technologies and will develop hands-on skills by planning and delivering real live events. As this is an engineering course, you will study 'how it works' – learning about the underlying mathematics and electronics in our electronics and computing laboratories. You will also learn ‘how to work it’ - developing professional skills in lighting design, sound engineering and event management, with practice in our dedicated production space and in venues around the city. HOW YOU WILL LEARN: You will have the opportunity to take an optional work placement between stages two and three. In addition, you will benefit from guest lectures, product demonstrations and venue visits. Many of our students also take on casual work with production and hire companies in the area, adding a new dimension to their real-world learning experiences. You can also take part in collaborative projects, working closely with other students specialising in subjects such as music technology, music, electronics and theatre YOUR CAREER: Our Sound and Light graduates are highly sought-after in the events industry. The careful blend of theory and practice underpinning this degree will boost your employability and professional status. In one of many success stories, the World Premiere of the James Bond film, Spectre, saw no fewer than eight Sound, Light and Live Event Technology graduates working on the production at the Royal Albert Hall in London. STUDY OPTIONS: This course is also available without a Foundation Year option. You will have the opportunity to take a placement year between years two and three.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14900 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14900 Year 1

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Sound, Light & Live Event Engineering with Foundation Year at University of Derby - UCAS