Why study Audio and Music Production at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Excellent student support from academic tutors and student mentors
- Our application-led curriculum (designed in line with advice from industrial partners) emphasises an understanding of the concepts and theories that underpin technology as well as their application to real-world professional scenarios
- Teaching is supported by relevant laboratories and workshops (including recording, radio and television studios) with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support
- Option to complete a validated year-long industrial placement (as part of the sandwich programme) or study a year abroad.
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
About your course
By studying BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Production at Liverpool John Moores University you will graduate with excellent technical skills plus the business management expertise required to succeed in this exciting industry.
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Additional course costs
Students are recommended to get their own headphones, portable disks and SD cards though these can all be provided by the department if required.
Behind every live or studio performance lies a fascinating array of modern audio technology. This course gives you an opportunity to learn about the theories and concepts which underpin the use of this equipment, enabling you to work independently, solving practical problems and identifying solutions which help performers, producers and directors get the best results.
It is important to note that while this course includes some elements related to artistic matters, it is not primarily an arts-based course, though content creation by students does feature quite extensively within the framework as a means of underpinning and enhancing the development of understanding in the techniques and technical processes involved. Furthermore, students are expected to engage with other media production theories and techniques where audio plays only a part, albeit a significant one.
The advent of new computer-based technology has profoundly altered the way we create, capture and deliver audio content. In order to secure a career in the audio/music-related industries, you will need to gain and demonstrate the competence and confidence to work effectively with this technology.
Traditionally, purely technical graduates lack a business and management perspective. Similarly, media studies graduates often lack the necessary technical appreciation to work in this field. This programme bridges that gap and you will graduate not only with enhanced abilities in the operation of the specialist equipment deployed and with sound/music appreciation, but also the business management awareness to succeed in the audio/music production industry. Three strands (production; technology; management) run throughout the course, building knowledge at each level. (Despite the emphasis on the use of technology, applicants are not expected to have Level 3 qualifications rooted in subjects that would be pre-requisites in more traditional technology degrees and staff are familiar in dealing with students from a wide range of backgrounds.)
You will have access to state-of-the-art audio technology as well as staff with extensive knowledge and experience. You will develop skills in media technology, basic signal capture and storage, computer applications and studio technology and be trained in all aspects of creating live or recorded entertainment. Combined with the practical hands-on experience you will get if you choose to do a work placement, this will give you a significant advantage when it comes to securing your first job.
You will have access to industrially-relevant teaching facilities at the Byrom Street campus including a dedicated 'live' recording area, radio and television studios, recording booths and modern editing facilities.
Learn more about our degree course in a 3-minute video:
For handy hints and tips on how to avoid the top 5 common mistakes when creating audio and video content, see the 1-minute video at the top of this article: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/news/features/top-5-audio-visual-mistakes
"Excellent facilities and great staff. It’s good to be in a small class as equipment is easy to borrow."
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
You will enjoy varied career opportunities working in sound production or as sound engineers.
The first group of students from the BSc Audio and Music Production degree graduated in 2011, with a number securing employment with high profile companies, including BBC Radio 4 and Sky, clearly demonstrating the calibre of both our students and the programme itself.Since then graduates have continued this successful employment profile with companies such as Adlib, ITV, Bradford City Film, ADI tv, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Bauer Media and various independent recording studios. One of graduates is a BAFTA-nominated and award-winning independent composer, producer and performer.
Graduate opportunities include working as sound engineers or in sound production working in television and radio companies, theatres, event venues and music recording studios. Many graduates have also started their own recording/production companies.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Computer Audio Technology
To explain how computers capture, process and store digital audio and performance data and explore the systems used to enable this. To illustrate the hardware and software that is used in computer-based audio and music production. To explore the techniques used to edit and manipulate digital audio and musical performance data. To utilise the various activities and skills required during the typical workflow stages of computer-based audio production.This module investigates how computers capture, process and store digital audio data. This can include sampled sound and performance data in the form of MIDI. Some introductory audio programming skills are developed during the module to allow students to process audio data with computer software. Practical experience of using DAW systems to create audio projects is provided.
The Media Industry
To develop the student as an effective, self-motivated life-long learner. The study, personal and generic skills are applied and developed in other Level 4 modules, and provide a platform-reflective learning experience and foundation for study at higher levels and subsequent careers.Lectures, Tutorials and guest speakers
Spreadsheets and Data Presentation
To provide an audio production student with a rudimentary knowledge of fundamental maths, statistics and data analysis, using spreadsheet formulae and graphs, integrated within a technical report.This level 4 module is an essential integrating element of the first year of study. It provides students with relevant mathematical and technical skills to support all aspects of their university studies
Audio Production Technology
To provide a solid understanding of the concepts upon which audio production is achievedThis module provides a fundamental understanding of audio production principles for the level 4 BSc Audio and Music Production programme.
Practical Audio Production
To introduce students to the practical issues arising from Recording audio and Live sound reinforcementThe module encompasses an introduction to the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of audio & music production and to the equipment used in audio production. The module will cover both 'live-broadcast' and 'recorded' production. Students will be required to work both individually and in small groups using equipment to become familiar with its characteristics in a way that also demonstrates safe systems of work.
To introduce the principles of sound systems and sound waves, which can be applied to a wide range of acoustics and audio subjects.This module presents the fundamentals and principles of acoustics and audio systems.
Radio And Podcasting
Maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach to the application of radio production and its technology in practice. Use a sound methodological approach to audio editing. Identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods to undertake editing tasks. Plan for effective project implementation and deployment of edited work via radio outletThis module lays the foundations to develop students' ability to produce work at the technical standard required for acceptance by national radio.
To enhance students’ knowledge of the equipment used in a Recording Studio and hence address the practical issues arising from recording using a control surface. Also to allow students to gain experience in using both hardware and software audio devices deployed in digital audio recordingThe module encompasses the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of audio & music production and the equipment used in the production of audio recording.
To explain the nature and composition of primarily baseband broadcast quality signals; to describe the operation of (and standards required for) broadcast equipment to recognised professional industry practice.This module provides information on the nature and composition of primarily baseband broadcast quality signals. It covers the professional operation of broadcast equipment and the standards required by broadcast organisations.
The Media Entrepreneur
To enable the student to develop the managerial skills and commercial awareness required to research and create a media-related enterprise or event by organising people, resources and time.This module will help to develop the skills to understand the interaction of different elements of an enterprise. It will enable the student to develop skills required to research and develop an enterprise plan with associated marketing and distribution elements for music/audio/video-related product, service, event or organisation.
Live Performance Operations
To consolidate and extend knowledge of technical operations in the broadcast media and creative industries, with specific regard to the additional challenges encountered in technical management of live performances.This module provides knowledge and experience of technical operations in the broadcast media and creative industries. A focus of the material is the particular technical management challenges of live performances.
Broadcast Studio Operations
To introduce students to professional technical practices and equipment as used in broadcast media and creative industries, including: managing and organising tasks, people and resources; working to specifications; and applying safe systems of workThis module will introduce students to the techniques and equipment used in recording content for radio and TV productions in a studio environment. Students will be required to work both individually and in small groups using equipment to become familiar with its characteristics in a way that also demonstrates safe systems of work.
Sound For Tv, Film and Games
To introduce students to audio equipment used in TV & Film recording, and the practical issues arising from location and studio recording. To gain experience of both hardware and software audio devices deployed in digital audio recording for TV, Film and gaming industriesThe module encompasses the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of audio & music production and the equipment used in the production of audio recordings for TV, Film and games.
Music Video Production
To research, design, plan and manage the creation of a scripted narrative music video to a client brief. To enable the student to develop the video craft skills which complement existing audio learning, whilst managing all aspects of the video production process including client liaison, pre- and post-production to the mastering of the final product.Television commercials and music videos are a significant art form in today’s culture with some examples being so effective and memorable that they become classics and form part of the culture of a whole generation of viewers. Whilst some commercials and music videos may use feature film standard equipment and cost millions of pounds it is now possible to create and deliver high quality television advertising for a fraction of the cost and thus bring the medium within the grasp of small firms. For the budding video or film maker,music videos offer huge potential to create short, low budget, high impact content that acts as a stepping stone to a high-flying career. For bands and and promoters, a video is essential part of the marketing and publicity toolkit and may be used as a backdrop in live gigs.
Devices, Apps and Streaming
To introduce techniques used to distribute multimedia information.Introduces Interfacing and Networking in a Multimedia Environment.
To prepare the students to undertake their own media-related projects and to deliver the required skill set for successful completion of their investigations.This module is to prepare students for their Project. Students will work during Semester 1 to select a subject area for their project, identify resources and a time management plan. The student will provide a Terms of Reference document and Gantt chart, agreed by supervisor(s) and student. Thereafter the student will carry out the Project (in semester 2) according to this Terms of Reference.
To provide Audio and Music Production students with the confidence, skills and knowledge to make realistic, well-informed career and lifestyle choices, and with the ability to review and adapt their plans in the light of changing priorities and circumstances. To develop independent learning skills by offering access to diverse experiences.This is not an exhaustive list and students will be given detailed lists of sources that relate specifically to the assessments for this module. It is important therefore to refer to this section of the module study guide.
Audio Restoration and Digital Enhancement
To enable students to apply modern digital techniques for the analysis reconstruction / transfer / identification and enhancement of a variety of audio signals and artefacts.This module is designed to give students an opportunity to apply their audio skills to broader less traditional industry applications and as an introduction to the application of the disciplines taught throughout their degree to the new opportunities available in the fast growing industries of Audio Archiving, Audio Restoration and Bespoke Sound design for Industrial Applications.
To allow the students to develop their knowledge, skills, and general expertise in relation to a project deliverable embodying technical mastery, good design practice, and self-management on a subject of their choice. The project will provide the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their ability to learn and develop their skills independently culminating in an appropriate media-related deliverable suitable for showcasing to prospective employers.The Project is intended to be the embodiment of all components of the course, bringing together theoretical and conceptual aspects into the management of a media project in a realistic technical/commercial .
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We have sound and TV studios where you will practice your skills and develop understanding of the production process through teamwork in a completely realistic environment.
Teaching varies according to the module being studied but is mainly delivered through lectures supported by small-group tutorial work. There is an emphasis on interactive study through our virtual learning environment, Canvas, from which you can access online learning resources at any time and from anywhere.
Our Byrom Street campus, where this course is delivered, is engineered to assist you to success thanks to the investment of £6million in state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
Our contemporary computer suites provide access to high-performance computers, dedicated to students from our School. Teaching rooms are designed to enable the multimedia delivery of teaching materials and demonstrations.
This course offers an invaluable opportunity to undertake a sandwich year or placement working in the industry after your second year. This experience cannot be underestimated as it will give you a chance to put what you have learnt in the first two years into practice, enhance your skills and provide a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry. It will also give you a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Like students on all degrees, you will need support during your course but particularly during the early stages. For this reason, you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets. Small tutorial groups also provide a supportive environment in which to discuss ideas and issues more informally with your tutors and fellow students.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Students' knowledge and understanding will usually be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework. However, certain subjects may be assessed by other means, such as through a portfolio of work or practical work, for example.
A final-year project gives you the chance to work independently and contributes considerably to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas, face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more effort.
What you can expect from your School
This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: A minimum of 64 UCAS points must be taken from relevant A2 level subjects. Relevant subjects include Computing, IT, Maths, Physics and Music Technology
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
112 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Please contact the Faculty for further information.
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM from a relevant subject area if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: 112 UCAS tariff points in a relevant subject area.
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 112 UCAS tariff points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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