This live sound qualification is designed by one of the world’s foremost live sound companies (Britannia Row Productions) and delivered with their engineers to launch careers, consolidating the legacy of excellence and innovation in this global growth industry. To succeed in the music industry, in whatever capacity, you need a range of skills that will allow you to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity made available to you.
The degree aims to produce professional and versatile graduates who can respond to the varied and complex live events landscape of the twenty first century. You will get the chance to develop the skills that you already have and to develop new skills that will only add to your creativity as a technician, engineer, specialist and as a professional, working with live events and technology.
On this course you will not only study how to become a technician and live events practitioner in your own right but you will also learn to think about it critically and with an informed perspective on its historical development, its cultural context and its effects on all those who encounter it. Further, you will come to see live sound as just one facet of a contemporary and vast industry.
The course experience should never be only about qualifications and careers, it should foster a life-long thirst for enquiry and knowledge and we hope that you will take with you a critical approach to technology, professionalism, culture and society that will serve you well throughout your professional and personal life.
A full Level 3 qualification equating to 96 UCAS points, for example a Level 3 Extended Diploma or a mix of A Levels. Ideally this will include a relevant subject, such as music, music technology or electrical design.
GCSE English and maths grade 9-4 (A*-C).
Alternatively you could have equivalent industry experience.
References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by taking a diagnostic test/talking through their portfolio.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:
If you have achieved other qualifications, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6. For further information please contact the Course Leader. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit.
International Student Entry Requirements (edit text in italics)
All South Thames College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 in each of the 4 papers.
International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.
Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.
Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange.
Audition via Skype or recorded video may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange this 020 8268 2853/2891
You will complete and submit for assessment a set task at the end of each module. These tasks are fundamentally written tasks often in an essay form. The assessments are marked in accordance with the relevant university guidelines and regulations. You will find the relevant marking grids in your course handbook and your tutors will explain these grids to you at various times throughout the programme. The marking grids should serve you as a valuable resource and guide. Students’ final BA (Hons.) classification is calculated from the marks awarded for the three assignments at Level 6. To complete the BA students must successfully complete all the modules and assessments.
You will encounter a range of assessment methods which may include, but are not limited to: essays, practical reports, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and independent study. You will be assessed against assessment criteria which will be made clear to you at the start of your module of study. The assessment across the programme aims to give you opportunities to demonstrate a variety of knowledge and understanding, skills and qualities expected of a graduate of this degree. The assessment for each module will normally be in one or two parts.
Course Costs and Financial Support
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- Annual printing allowance
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- The cost of additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- Books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
Careers and Progression
Once you graduate you could go on to work as a studio or live sound engineer, sound design, studio manager, system design, demonstrator or producer.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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