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High Wycombe Campus
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2JZ

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BA (Hons) Audio & Music Production

BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production is primarily a practice-based vocational course that prepares students for employment in both studio-based and 'live' audio environments. New and future media constitutes a significant area of study and the delivery of modules related to business practice and entrepreneurship underpin the vocational element of this course that prepare graduates for careers that are typically freelance-based. These include business modules that delve into areas such as finance/negotiation and communication, self-employment, intellectual property law and allied rights. Students are expected to graduate with an ability to 'hit the ground running', possessing a portfolio of work and project management skills which will make them readily employable in the live and recorded audio sectors.

Audio skills are applied through an array or experiences that, from the 2nd year onwards, increasingly engage with major employers. For example our formal partnership with BBC Introducing involves us filming (via our Outside Broadcast facility) three bands each calendar month throughout the academic year, and the Audio & Music Production students are responsible for audio capture and post-production working in collaboration with students on our BA (Hons) Film & TV Production in particular. The sound recordings go to air via the regional Berks/Bucks/Beds BBC Introducing radio show and the video assets produced go on the BBC Introducing YouTube page and occasionally on BBC iPlayer.

Another collaboration with BA (Hons) Film & TV Production affords an opportunity for those interested in Outside Broadcast sound to develop their employability and CV in this area. In the past students have captured and mixed sound for Watford Football Club’s matches in the Championship, and these days we work similarly with Reading FC. The Audio & Music Production undergraduates work collaboratively with their peers who specialise in Outside Broadcast production, and with the clubs. This involves positioning microphones to capture pitch and crowd audio and mixing in the BBC commentary feed to adhere to broadcast standards in both capture and post-production. With 20,000 or so fans attending these major sports events this is all about learning in real life situations, and our graduates benefit greatly from such experiences.
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