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Audio and Music Technology BSc (Hons) Degree

£9,000 p/year (3 years including Studio & Music Production Diploma)

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Degree Pathway: Audio and Music Technology (BSc Hons)Music Technology Degree Course Studio

Duration: 3-years (Alchemea’s Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering comprises year-1)


Anglia Ruskin University have partnered with Alchemea College to provide their Studio Sound Diploma graduates with a degree pathway. Students who have passed the Alchemea Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering since 2007 may be eligible to enrol directly on to year 2 of the Anglia Ruskin University BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology.


Course Overview

Audio and Music Technology is an incredibly dynamic field whose frontiers are expanding daily. Our outstanding on-campus facilities will allow you to get to grips with the very latest hardware and software, and to gain the kind of skills currently used within the industry. Read More…


We have a superbly equipped, fully soundproofed and acoustically treated suite of five climate-controlled studios, kitted out with top quality industry standard equipment.  Our flagship studio features an Audient ASP8024 with outboard EQs, compressors and effects by Universal Audio, TL Audio, Avalon, Toft and Lexicon.  Software is Pro-Tools or Logic Pro.  The control room is attached to a large acoustically treated live room, large enough to accommodate ensembles, orchestra groups and entire bands.  All other studios also have their own performance rooms.  


You will learn essential and advanced Sound Engineering skills and undertake critical listening exercises to train your ears.  We aim to teach students how to record, mix and produce the very highest quality recordings, with full appreciation of depth, dynamics and tone.


You will have the opportunity to augment your Sound Engineering work with modules in Electronics, Maths, Acoustics, and Computer Music programming languages.  This gives the course a truly technological angle and makes graduates more employable.


A significant aspect of our provision is Live Sound Engineering work.  Students can take advantage of free Live Sound training every week throughout their course.  Training is organized by the AMT student society and carried out in the student venue which is equipped with brand new up-to date PA system featuring a Yamaha LS9 live digital desk.


You will also find plenty of opportunity to develop your performance skills or get involved in live productions, either at Anglia Ruskin’s renowned Mumford Theatre or in Cambridge itself.



Links with Industry

Students have obtained valuable work experience through links with companies and events including BMN Studios, Junction CDC, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Smyle Productions, Strawberry Fair, Glastonbury Festival, Egglab Media and Darkelf Productions. This course is accredited by the IET.


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Alchemea’s Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering


YEAR 2Music Technology Degree Course Studio

Semester 1:

  • Computer Modelling (15 credits) | Compulsory – level 4
  • Digital Electronics (15 credits) | Compulsory – level 4
  • Composition Software (15 credits) | Designated – level 5

Semester 2:

  • Maths for technology 1 (30 credits) | Compulsory – level 4
  • Advanced Acoustics and Psychoacoustics (15 credits) | Compulsory – level 5
  • Audio Electronics (15 credits) | Compulsory – level 5 Principles of Video Production (15 credits)
  • or Design Methods and Technology Project (15 credits) | Designated – level 5



Compulsory Modules:

  • Final Project (30 credits)
  • Final Studio Portfolio 1 (15 credits)
  • Final Studio Portfolio 2 (15 credits)

Designated (Choice) Modules:

  • Multimedia Production Technology
  • Independent Learning Module
  • Live Sound Engineering
  • Digital Performance
  • Signals and Signal Processing
  • Analogue and Digital Synthesis
  • Digital Signal Processing

Each module is allocated 15 credits.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:Anglia Ruskin Degree Course Building

  • Essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of audio technology.
  • The wider multidisciplinary engineering context and its underlying principles.
  • The social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of their engineering judgement.
  • Solutions for audio technology problems, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.
  • Creative and innovative ability in the synthesis of solutions and in formulating designs.
  • Analysing and interpreting data and, when necessary, designing experiments to gain new data.
  • Designing a system, component or process to meet a need.
  • Evaluating designs, processes and products, and making improvements
  • How to apply appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to the analysis of problems.
  • How to maintain a sound theoretical approach in enabling the introduction of new and advancing technology to enhance current practice.
  • Taking a holistic approach, applying professional judgements, balancing costs, benefits, safety, quality, reliability, appearance and environmental impact.
  • Assessing risks, and taking appropriate steps to manage those risks.
  • How to use a wide range of tools, techniques and equipment, including software.
  • Using laboratory studio and workshop equipment to generate valuable data.
  • Developing, promoting and applying safe systems of work.
  • How to communicate effectively with colleagues and others, using both written and oral methods.
  • Using IT effectively.
  • Managing resources and time.
  • How to undertake lifelong learning, particularly for continuing professional development.

For some modules, the assessment consists of a piece of coursework and an exam. For other modules the assessment is coursework only. For practical modules such as Basic Recording and Production Techniques, Advanced Studio Practice, Live Recording Practice, Final Studio Practice, the assessment is usually coursework only, e.g. for Final Studio Practice the coursework is completion of a portfolio of finished recordings. For modules with more theoretical content such as Acoustics, assessment is a piece of coursework and a final exam. The coursework element is usually worth 60% of the final mark, the exam 40%. The pass mark for a module is 40% overall, the pass mark for the assessment elements is 30%.

John Ward Course Group Leader for Technology (Anglia Ruskin)
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The course provides excellent experience and improves your skills to work in film, television and electronics as a live sound engineer or studio engineer, and to work across faculties helping media and film students build up their portfolio. Lecturers encourage and support cross faculty communication so everyone can produce the best portfolios possible throughout their university experience. Clare Burns, BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology

Alchemea has no involvement in the enrolment process for this course. After passing Alchemea’s Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering course you will be eligible to apply to start on year-2 of this degree course. Anglia Ruskin University will administer the application process. As well as providing advice about your funding options Anglia Ruskin may also provide CAS’s for Tier-4 visa students.


Course Start Times

  • January 2015
  • September 2015

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