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Audio Technology with Electronics

Designed for the increasingly diverse audio industry the BSc Audio Technology with Electronics focuses on the technology and engineering used in audio equipment and software. Follow the audio signal path from recording, mixing and mastering through to distribution and transmission. Benefit from industrial visits and guest lectures and increased employability via the Volunteering in a Technical Role module. The programme includes the option to study abroad in countries such as Germany, France, Denmark and Finland.

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  • IET

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:J931

Classification:BSc/BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

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Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

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Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirementsHigher: BBBB
A Level: BCC
ILC: BBBB
IB Diploma: 24 points including Mathematics and Physics
Essential subjectsMathematics and either Physics or Technological Studies (Higher B/A Level/ILC-H)

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:J931

Classification:BSc/BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
Contact us

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirementsHigher: BBBB
A Level: BCC
ILC: BBBB
IB Diploma: 24 points including Mathematics and Physics
Essential subjectsMathematics and either Physics or Technological Studies (Higher B/A Level/ILC-H)
International admissionsThis programme accepts applications from international students.

Further Education Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:J931

Classification:BSc/BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:3-4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
Contact us

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry requirementsRefer to our College Students Guide for details

Programme description

This programme is designed to equip graduates to work in the increasingly diverse audio industry and focuses on the technology and engineering used in audio equipment and software.

GCU has an excellent reputation for teaching audio technology and has specialist audio facilities with industry standard equipment and software.

Students will follow the audio signal path from recording, mixing and mastering through to distribution and transmission – both in theory and in practice.

Students are further supported by a series of industrial visits and guest lectures. In Year 3, students can improve their employment skills through the innovative module Volunteering in a Technical Role.

The programme also includes the option to study abroad in countries such as Germany, France, Denmark and Finland.

What you'll learn

Year 1: Sound Production 1, Introduction to Audio Technology, Digital Electronics, Analogue Electronics, Digital Media Techniques, Mathematics 1, Integrated Project 1.

Year 2: Sound Production 2, Musical Acoustics, Sound Reinforcement, Electrical Principles and Circuit Theory, Signals and Electronic Systems, Integrated Project 2.

Year 3: Audio Processing and Effects, Audio and Interactivity, Signals and Electronic Systems Design, Mathematics 2, New Venture Creation, Group Project OR Volunteering in a Technical Role.

Year 4: Honours Project/Honours, Research and Project Methods, Audio Software and Equipment Interface Design, Digital Signal Processing, Acoustics and Spatial Sound, Advanced Audio Processing.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).

Study abroad

Study exchange opportunities exist with partner institutions overseas.

Assessment Methods

Students on this course will encounter a range of assessment methods, from traditional exams and practical exercises to the innovative, where our fourth year students compare different forms of surround sound recording in a live venue. The projects undertaken by our students build on knowledge and skills gained in subject modules and result in activities such as recording an EP, developing innovative automatic music generating systems and staging live gigs, where the students arrange, promote and host music events across the campus.

In addition, extensive use is made of new media in assessment such Wikis, blogs, and social media.

Teaching Methods

Our learning and teaching focuses on applying the knowledge you have gained in the classroom in practical situations, such as in the laboratory, where there is access to industry standard audio software and hardware. The university has two high quality recording studios and a specialist audio technology laboratory for our students to work in. Extensive use is made of self-directed learning supported by the Virtual Learning Environment. We also invite guest lecturers from industry with expertise in broadcasting, acoustics and audio software development amongst others, to deliver seminars to our students. Students are also encouraged to be involved in relevant competitions such as the Audio Engineering Society Recording Competition, Dare to be Digital and Games Jam.

In your third year, you may have the opportunity to take part in a placement within the audio industry. To date our students have worked for BBC and Celtic Music Radio amongst others. We also offer our students the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus Programme where they can study abroad in our partner institutions in Finland and Denmark.

Employment Details

Our graduates have embarked on a wide range of careers; from games sound design, music production, and broadcast engineering, to lecturing and audio journalism. In addition many have progressed onto related Masters degrees and PhD study.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the industry standard benchmark for high quality programmes, and has close links with the Audio Engineering Society.

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.
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