What you'll study
This comprehensive course covers music production, live sound and sound design for theatre (including musicals), film and TV, radio, games and digital media. You will develop your technical skills and creative side through taught classes, practical work 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 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, such as free access to Soundsnap’s library and Arturia’s software synthesisers collection during your time studying with us
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-focused
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.
At Level 4, you will acquire a solid foundation in basic audio skills and audio production aesthetics.
Induction and study support equip you for degree-level study, while regular tutor contact with core programme staff ensures that you are guided in developing core skills and a critical and aesthetic framework.
Much of your learning will be through practical activities, where you will be encouraged to both ‘think’ and ‘do’. Lectures and seminars deliver basic principles and knowledge that underpin practical audio work. You will consolidate this through independent study.
Typical studio and live production paths and workflows will be covered (such as audio recording, mixing and mastering, or designing and running a live audio event), as well as alternative and experimental approaches that have become increasingly common with the assistance of the rapid technological advances (for example, music production, digital audio).
Topics covered typically include, but are not limited to:
- Basic sound theory
- Signal flow
- Live and studio audio production workflows
- Audio systems and formats
- Digital and analogue audio
- Audio processing and mixing
At Level 5, you will engage critically with the principles and concepts involved in audio production and place those principles within critical contexts.
You can tailor your learning through the choice of areas of study, according to your interests and ambitions by choosing two out of three available options:
- Sound design
You can select areas of interest within the broader audio and music production context. You will take on practical projects in either simulated or real-life professional projects and productions.
At this level, you can negotiate projects, placements or roles on events or productions, to help you prepare for professional practice in your chosen areas of interest. You will further develop a greater sense of personal and professional responsibility.
At Level 6, you are expected to be a self-directed learner and select a technological or creative pathway which will lead you to either a BSc or BA qualification, while regular tutorials associated with specific projects will guide you and ensure that your learning is appropriately contextualised. Placements and the study of a variety of industry contexts will enable you to assess the appropriateness of different approaches to given situations.
You will have shown you can:
- Engage with and analyse the principles and concepts involved in audio production
- Employ advanced techniques, practices and processes
- Reflect critically on your own performance within a professional context, relating it to the work of others and your development as an adaptable practitioner
- Demonstrate readiness for the world of work and an understanding of the contexts within which your chosen field exists
- Complete a major research project relevant to audio production
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 and games. 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 and games
- Sound artist
- 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
Institution code: R51
Course code: WJ50
64 UCAS points*
This is equivalent to two Cs 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 and interview.
Mode of study
Course Fees (2023 Entry)
Course fees for 2024 entry have not been published yet
UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)
International students (Fee per year)
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