What you'll study
This comprehensive and practical course covers audio and music production as well as sound design for theatre, film, live music, TV, radio and interactive digital media (VR, AR and games).
You will develop your technical skills and creative awareness alongside exploring your interests through taught classes and a wide range of creative projects. Shared sessions with students from other courses expand your understanding and appreciation of the creative, media and performance industries even further and promote collaboration. In your second and third year, you can choose to specialise in one or more areas depending on where your interest or passion lies.
Why choose this course?
You will be taught in small groups by experienced staff and a wide range of practising professionals from the industry. You will also have excellent access to all the tools you need to be familiar with for a career in this area
Gain hands-on production experience across a wide range of performance or event types and venues (both on and off-campus). Building both your portfolio and a better understanding of the full production mix, preparing you for industry
Collaborative and career-focussed
As part of an active community of musicians, actors and other technical creatives, you will have great opportunities to pursue and deliver your own personal or collaborative projects inside and outside of College
Learn with our professional network
As well as building your knowledge through industry placements, you will also benefit from our extensive network of industry experts who will work with you on projects as you learn specialist skills
Flexibility to choose
After covering all the fundamentals in year 1, you can choose the areas you want to specialise in and take further. In your final year, you can decide to pursue either a technical (BSc) or more creative (BA) qualification
The broad range of skills and knowledge you gain from this course will make you more employable after graduation. You will also be supported in your final year with practical professional preparation skills modules
Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
- Audio production principles
- Sound design (introduction to aesthetics/creative audio concepts covering Technology / Music / Sound Design)
- Production practice
- Advanced audio practice
- Specialist Audio Practice (you can choose 2 out of 3 from Technology / Music / Sound Design)
- Production practice
- Research methodology
- An independent research project which can be a dissertation or a practical piece of work with a commentary
- Industry placement
- Professional preparation, including an opportunity to prepare a portfolio
- Specialist practice – you can choose either creative pathway or technical / engineering pathway leading to a BA or BSc major project
Teaching and assessment methods
In your first year, you will complete around 270 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 930 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Exam; Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios
In your second year, you will complete around 260 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 940 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios
In your third year, you will complete around 60 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1140 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios
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Your future career
We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes the opportunity to network and undertake a placement as well as introducing your work to the industry at our graduate exhibition in London.
This course will equip you with the skills to progress into work in music, theatre, live events, film, TV, radio, games and Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. We see graduates going on to work as some of the following:
- Live and studio mixing engineer
- Sound designer for theatre, film and TV
- Audio and music producer
- Audio technologist for theatre, film, TV, games and VR/AR
- Sound artist
- Studio and production manager
- Game audio specialist
- Conference and exhibition specialists and organisers
- Planning, process and production technicians
- Freelance and Creative start-ups
Meet the staff
Lecturer, Live and Recorded Sound
Christophe Bourgouin runs the Audio Production course at Rose Bruford College. He studied Production Sound at the ESRA, College of Audiovisual Technologies in Paris and Classical Piano at the Conservatoire. After 10 years working as a live and studio sound engineer in France, Christophe moved to the UK to specialise in musical theatre. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work on large-scale musicals such as The Producers, Hair, Fame, Hairspray and Grease.Read their full profile
How to join
For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 26 January to guarantee audition or portfolio.
Institution code: 10005523
Course code: BAAP
64 UCAS points*
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.*We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points if we have evidence of your potential from your application or audition/portfolio review.
Please contact us at [email protected] for information on entry criteria if you are applying from outside the UK or require assistance
Mode of study
BA (Hons)/ Bsc
Course Fees (2021 Entry)
UK/Republic of Ireland students
Fee Exemption Criteria
- You audition as part of a progression agreement.
- Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
- You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
- You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
- You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
- You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial/emotional support from parents/family.
- You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
- You are being auditioned overseas.
If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply.
Please be aware there is an equipment list for this course. You may also incur additional costs as part of the course; as an indication, this could include the following:
- Course related travel £250/year (estimated)
- Stationery: £60 per year
- Course materials: £50 per term
- Theatre tickets: £150-£175 at the beginning of each year