|Location||United Kingdom, Hatfield|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 Years|
|Tuition fee||£9,250.00 per year|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
Why choose this course?
On the Audio Recording and Production degree you will focus on the practical and technical aspects of developing a career as an audio engineer and/or music producer.You will develop studio techniques allowing you to record, process and mix your work to a professional standard.You will develop your own focus towards live, studio or broadcast sound, based on a thorough understanding of areas such as acoustics, studio design and installation, monitoring, mixing, webcasting and advanced DSP techniques.Develop your programming, mixing and production skills using state of the art software including Logic, Pro Tools, Reason, Ableton Live, and MAX/MSP.Whilst on the degree you will benefit from our high quality studio resources: SSL, Yamaha, and Avid C24 mixing desks, and hardware by top names such as Quested, Genelec, Neumann, TLA, Lexicon and Drawmer.Participate in “live” projects such as the UHR record label, and JamJar showcase concerts.Our music industry advisory panel is second to none in the UK and includes key figures in the music industry such as Tim Clark (Robbie Williams’s manager), Mike Smith (MD Columbia Records) and Korda Marshall – who signed Take That, James Blunt etc.The University of Hertfordshire is the no. 1 new university for Music, ahead of many established universities and conservatoires (The Guardian Subject League Tables 2011).We have some of the best resources in the UK, including the 39 million pound Forum where our students perform every month, and state-of-the art music studios and film and TV facilities in our 12 million pound building for Music and Film.We have a strong, ongoing record of student satisfaction over several years since the launch of the national student survey.
In Year 1, you’ll gain a solid grounding on a number of major DAW packages, as well as develop your creative and technical skills in mixing, processing, and studio work. Acoustics, psychoacoustics, and Audio and Midi protocols are also investigated, as to is developing your critical ear. You’ll also investigate various music business models, whilst also using lab time to develop an understanding of audio electronics through building your own synthesizer. In addition to these core areas, audio recording and production students also complete a studio-recording project, study location recording and delve deeper into audio electronics.
In Year 2, you’ll continue to develop your critical ear, have the opportunity to engage in as short work experience project, and also support the delivery of a live event, through an artist liaison or sound technician role. You will be introduced to programming within Max/Msp and also exploit networked audio possibilities, getting to grips with our excellent Rednet system. Much focus is also placed on getting your music out there, with considered work on digital distribution, digital delivery and mixing and mastering approaches. In addition to these core areas, audio recording and production students also complete a studio-recording project and investigate live to air / broadcast sound.
By Year 3, we find that the vast majority of our students have already formed a number of professional connections, and students are able to make use of these and reflect on their approaches within a dedicated field project. In addition, there is the final major project which under the supervision of a dedicated tutor allows you to specialize in your chosen area which could be for example album recording and production, software / hardware development, an experiment, or dissertation based study. You’ll also continue to develop your programming skills, as well as exploring surround sound, live sound and advanced HD recording. In addition to these core areas, audio recording and production students complete a studio post-production project, investigate studio design & specification, and audio restoration.
You can expect to develop a career in hardware/software system specification, world-wide web based music /sound creation and delivery, or in technical roles within the music and sound industry e.g. in sound reinforcement, recording and engineering, multimedia installations, music studios and / or production companies.
A number of graduates have gained contracts with EMI and Sony Music, worked for the BBC and PRS, as well as created sound design for computer games. Several have continued their studies to Master’s and PhD level. Each year, former students return and talk to our current students about their employed roles and how their degree has been beneficial.
Whilst a number of our students go one to work for established companies, there are always a number who set themselves up independently, developing their own business. The following includes a very small selection of very recent graduates who are already achieving success.