West Suffolk College

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) Live Sound West Suffolk College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of East Anglia

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Course summary

Do you want a career in the live music industry? We provide the necessary skills and networking for a live music career. Allowing you to develop a portfolio of industry standard projects to enhance your employability, with the added benefit of Pro Tools certified training and certification included in your degree. Previous projects have included Front of House engineering for Ed Sheeran and recording a full concert for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Don't have the credits to go to University? Don't panic! We run a Year 0 for students that would like a career change or haven’t been studying for a while. If you don’t have enough credits to do the degree, the Year 0 is a one-year fast track addition the to the 3-year degree to equip you to study the degree.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1 Level 4
Acoustics Analysis
The physics of sound and how to measure and control acoustics within a studio and live sound scenario.
Hardware Installation
Full understanding of the primary hardware components used for public address during a live concert or similar public event will be approached in this module.
Professional Networking Techniques
Focussing on the development of networking skills. There will be attendance at business and creative industry events to secure a good networking environment for a professional career.

Digital Audio Workstations
Pro Tools and large format mixing consoles and interface / transmission technologies (e.g. DANTE, MADI) will form a central part of the teaching and production analysis.

Live Orchestral Recording
Build a portfolio of orchestral recordings to evidence working within industry to gain valuable experience in orchestral recording. Develop skills for effective microphone placement and signal routing using professional live sound recording equipment.
YEAR 2 Level 5
Live Monitor Mixing
The vital skills required to provide on-stage performers and singers with a suitable monitor and/or in-ear mix during a live show.

Freelancing for Live Sound
The live industry is supported by many self-employed freelancer roles. This module provides a full overview of all business elements and knowledge required to facilitate becoming self-employed.

Research Techniques
Developing your ability to understand published research and the contribution that it makes to their practice and career development.

Front of House Mixing
Working along-side some industry FOH mix engineers to understand the workflow of the job role.

Independent Project
Negotiation of an industry project in a subject specific area of your choosing.

YEAR 3 Level 6

Career Portfolio
This portfolio will collate all industry projects over the lifespan of the degree; recordings, live events, mixes, training certificates etc. Showcasing with a show-reel the live events attended and the roles that the you have undertaken on the programme.
Consoles
Focusing entirely on professional mixing consoles and how they would be used for front of house and/or monitor mixing.

Sound Reinforcement Systems
Concentrating on professional loudspeaker and amplification systems used to provide public address, for a range of different venues

Dissertation
Providing learners with the freedom to explore at honour’s level a subject of particular interest to them within the live sound sector.
The course is assessed using real events, production portfolios, written assignments and presentations.
Career opportunities
Some of the available career pathways include: Live Sound Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Sound and Audio Project Manager, Theatre and Sound Technician, Monitor Engineer and Front of House (FOH) Mix Engineer, Broadcast Engineer, and routes into teaching and postgraduate education.

Assessment method

The course will use live events to assess the practical elements of the course. There will be written evaluations and portfolios of concerts and events.
Some practical tests will be undertaken and the Pro Tools online certification exams.


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C001
Institution code W46
Campus name West Suffolk College Main Campus
Campus code A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,500 Year 1
EU £8,500 Year 1
England £8,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,500 Year 1
Scotland £8,500 Year 1
Wales £8,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

There will be some travel costs associated with visits to companies and venues for networking (£100) a year, along with a recommendation to own a hard drive with a terabyte of capacity. Studio head phones are also recommended (£50)

Provider information

Visit our website

West Suffolk College
Out Risbygate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 3RL


Clearing contact details

HE Adminstrator

01284 716341

Additional information

Monday to Thursday 9.00 to 16.30 Friday 9.00 to 16.00


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