Discover how sound works, and how technology can help you master it, on our full-time, industry accredited Audio and Music Technology degree in Cambridge. Get support to find work placements, and choose to take an additional placement year. Integrate theories of sound into your audio projects, as you build a portfolio for a future career in the creative industries, including live sound, gaming, broadcast and film.
Lecturers encourage and support cross-faculty communication so everyone can produce the best portfolio possible
Under the guidance and expertise of experienced academic staff and industry-active practitioners, you will develop a broad, balanced skill set, acquiring proficiencies in the design, integration, and operation of the technologies and techniques that will underpin your future career. You will have access to our industry standard recording studios and audio and video production facilities, giving you use of a wide range of digital and analogue audio equipment all supported by a dedicated course-based technical support team.
Your studies with us will be a carefully balanced blend of theory and practice. You will gain hands-on experience in field and studio recording; explore the manipulation, editing and mixing of sound using analogue and digital systems and workflows; investigate acoustics and psychoacoustics; as well as signal processing, programming, and electronics.
You decide the path your educational journey takes through your participation in our module choice process. You can opt for modules that reflect your personal aspirations, interests, and passions; or to learn new skills, methodologies and perspectives. You may choose to focus on multi-track audio production, developing sound for film and games, hardware design, digital signals processing or something else entirely – it is your education.
We make your employability as a graduate a core focus throughout your studies. Your coursework assignments are designed to prepare you for industry. As you progress through the course you will collate a professional portfolio of work with which you can showcase your talents to prospective clients and employers. You will benefit from our expertise and experience as an entrepreneurial university, receiving advice, guidance and support from our careers and employability service and the Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA). We also convene an employer’s advisory group, through which we engage with local industry and promote work experience and job opportunities as well as giving you a chance to ask questions of potential future employers.
You will also have the opportunity to join our award winning Audio Music Technology Society, through which you will gain invaluable work experience in and around the numerous Cambridge venues, including our very own Students' Union Academy and Mumford Theatre. There is an optional work placement between years two and three, plus internships with our industry partners and practitioners. All of which equates to great experience to include on your CV plus a fantastic opportunity to make those essential industry contacts.
Our course is accredited by both JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) and the IET (Institute of Engineering & Technology). J.A.M.E.S also represent the Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (IASIG). We coordinate the local chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), hosting regular talks and seminars.
Course Leader: William Campbell
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our course focuses heavily on the science and technology that underpins the subject area – the aim being that you'll have a wide range of career paths open to you.
Our graduates work in a variety of roles and industries including recording and mix engineers, live sound engineering, acoustic consultants, audio electronics, project management and hardware design, as well as lecturers and technicians. A number of our alumni have gone on to found their own companies and develop successful freelance careers.
As a graduate, you'll be able to understand and operate the latest hardware and software, have transferable skills that greatly enhance your employability, and already be part of a network of professionals.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
We use a range of assessment methods to ensure that your achievements are measured appropriately and that you are best prepared for your future career. Assessments currently include portfolios of recorded works, essays, reports, log books, posters and presentations.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
Additional study information
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement between years 2 and 3. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement, using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
Our 162 sq metres of studio space rivals that of many commercially run operations, and incorporates five fully soundproofed, climate-controlled recording studios equipped with Apple Mac Pro and G5 computers. Our studios contain a selection of industry-standard equipment and software from the likes of Audient, Apple, Solid State Logic (SSL), M-Audio, Novation, RME, Universal Audio, Lexicon, Coles, Rode, Shure, Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica, Moog, Yamaha, Ludwig, Ampeg, Vox, TC Electronic, Mackie and TL Audio, to name but a few. We also have a wide selection of microphones, video cameras and portable recording devices to allow for location work.
Our equipment has been chosen and distributed so that each studio becomes successively more complex. You’ll start at a point that matches your current knowledge and move on to the more complex rooms as your skills develop. Finally you’ll be able to confidently operate our flagship main studio, which is large enough to accommodate ensembles such as choirs, orchestral groups and bands and has been used by the BBC to record radio programmes. Our studios themselves are maintained and administered by a dedicated team of professionals who are on hand to offer advice and support.
You’ll also have access to our AV lab containing 20 iMacs loaded with a wide variety of music and other software. All our computers are networked and have UPS power supplies. You’ll be allocated server space on one of our studio servers, and a unique password will give you sole access to and control of your work.
We also operate a portable 16-channel studio rig with a Fostex HD recorder, which you can book out along with mics, stands and leads, for location recordings in the evenings or over the weekend. We have a wide range of high-quality microphones, two studio drum kits and lots of other instruments, including some classics such as the Roland Juno 60, and Akai S3000 XL.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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