Undergraduate Music and Sound Degrees

Summary

Establish yourself as a composer, producer, sound engineer or music industry professional.

Our undergraduate Music and Sound courses will help you into a range of careers in today's challenging and highly rewarding creative industries. Whichever course you choose, you can follow your passions with optional modules and flexible assignments. And you'll have the chance to work on projects with students from other disciplines – like Film, Games and Animation.

Our teaching is practical, giving you the hands-on experience and creative skills you'll need to impress future employers. You'll learn from highly-qualified staff with active and prominent roles in both industry and research. Our courses all have regular input from a wide variety of guest speakers working in the music, sound and creative industries. Teaching takes place in our brand new professional facilities. These include live studios and control rooms, Mac labs, a TV centre and a range of industry-standard software. As an approved Avid and Apple training centre, we offer accreditation in Pro Tools and Logic at a very low additional cost.

Our students go on to work in diverse roles as: studio engineers, music producers, sound designers (for film, TV and games), promoters, performers, composers, DJs, lecturers, technicians, teachers and marketers.

Our courses

2017 entry

2018 entry

There have been really good opportunities to record with bands and produce different types of music records, which was great for my development.

Sam Gibbs - Music Production

I graduated with a strong desire to become a sound designer. I landed a full-time in-house position at Radium Audio, a London-based sound company. I quickly progressed to the position of Head of Sound Design and had the opportunity to work on channel idents for Sky 1 and MGM HD. I have since left Radium Audio to start my own company. We're now are currently in the process of opening a second studio in Stockholm, Sweden.

Chris Didlick - Music Technology

The award structures, lecturers and technical staff were incredibly supportive and provided the perfect academic environment for students.

Jay Harrison - Graduate

Careers

Music production degree facilties at Staffordshire University

You'll prepare for your career by learning from dedicated staff who are active in research and the industry.

They've worked as sound engineers, music producers, performing artists, composers and sound designers. Several have run successful businesses and many present, perform and publish in international academic circles.

Our Music and Sound courses feature regular input from a wide variety of guest speakers. In recent years these have included Ken Scott (engineer for The Beatles and David Bowie), Dean Humphreys (sound supervisor on The Pianist and Taken 2) and Nick McCabe (The Verve guitarist).

You can go on to graduate-level employment after graduation or become a freelancer. A growing number of our students are choosing to start their own business. Past students have gone on to work in recording studios, media outlets, and education institutions after graduating.

    Employment Opportunities:

    Our graduates have found employment in these areas, among others:

  • Acoustic consultancy
  • Artist management
  • Broadcasting
  • Community arts
  • Composing
  • Digital distribution
  • Digital marketing
  • DJing
  • Education
  • Events management
  • Games audio
  • Instrumental tuition
  • Instrument making
  • Interactive multimedia design
  • Live sound engineering
  • Music production and remixing
  • Performing
  • Postgraduate study
  • Post production
  • Radio advert production
  • Record companies/labels
  • Record shops
  • Sample libraries
  • Sound design
  • Studio engineering
  • Studio equipment design and manufacture
  • Studio management
  • Technical departments
  • Venue management

Guaranteed Work Experience

Guaranteed work experience on Music degrees at Staffordshire University

We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be in a broader field. Our commitment gives you the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

You can apply to spend a year working on placement in the music and sound industry. With our solid contacts, we'll do our best to help you secure the placement that's right for you.

You'll also have the opportunity to join Phoenixx Management. Run by Music and Sound students, it signs, records, and releases material for a variety of artists.

    Work Experience Opportunities

    Graduates from our Music and Sound courses have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Solid State Logic
  • Sony Music
  • Polydor Records
  • Ditto Music
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Yellow Fish Studios
  • Dovetail Games

Facilities

We've invested £11.5m in developing brand new TV and Music Technology Studios.

The Cadman Studios offer brand new studio spaces and facilities. These include music studios built in fully isolated acoustic boxes and the ability to interconnect any control room to any live room within the complex through our central patchbay. We can even connect to the TV studio and post production rooms.

New Studios

We have five studios, four live rooms with drum kits and equipment from Line 6, Marshall and Laney. The studios are a mix of analogue and digital, including ProTools HD and surround sound. One studio is home to an advanced SSL AWS 900SE mixing console, the others have consoles from Avid, Audient and Toft.


Mac Labs

The lab is equipped with 50 Macs running software from Apple Logic, Ableton, Native Instruments, UAD, SSL and more.


Hands On

Our teaching is extremely practical, giving you the hands on experience and creative skills you will need to succeed in your chosen career. You will learn through a mixture of practical studio / lab sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work.


New Campus Experience

We're delivering a whole new campus experience at the heart of the UK. Connected by great transport links, it doesn't matter where you're from. You'll be the first to use our new £40 million learning and social spaces.


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Music Studios

Why choose us

We'll connect you to your future. Join us and you'll be amongst the first to use our new city campus in Stoke-on-Trent. We've invested millions in creating new campus experiences designed around you. Giving you everything you need to open doors and break boundaries.

We've invested £40 million to make the student experience better for everyone. So, If specialist laboratories and studios are important to you, we've got you covered. Or if balancing university life in new social and leisure spaces is the clincher, consider it clinched.