This well-established Masters is the world-leading course in audio production, highly regarded both nationally and internationally. It is accredited by the leading industry bodies, including APRS, and is the JAMES National Regional Centre – London, an Apple-accredited training centre and a Skillset Media Academy. The course is designed to meet and exceed professional standards, and will enable you to reach the highest level in the creative use of audio, and explore how creative ideas and new technologies can be combined, enhanced and redefined.
As the major media education site in Europe, the University's Harrow Campus includes 14 professional recording studios (three surround studios), a new teaching recording studio, Music Lab and an array of TV, post-production, radio, film and multimedia facilities built and equipped to the highest standards.
This innovative course develops your creative abilities in audio across music production, sound design, radio, TV, film and multimedia, all supported by a robust understanding of the technologies involved. You will be able to explore and expand as a creative artist while achieving control and experience of professional audio environment.
- Applied Innovation and Interactive Design
This module will introduce you to associated programming packages for multimedia applications. You will explore the innovative interface design techniques, and work on developing sound design for interactive media, including small apps and computer games.
- Audio Visual Production and Cultural Theory
Focusing on the creative applications of technology, theories and professional production practices this module will develop into a study brief incorporating the construction of a radio drama, radio programme, film trailer assembly and surround mix. It will also include a substantial piece of sound-to-picture work, including location recording, music and audio post for film and broadcast media.
- Entrepreneurship and Finance for Creative Industries
This module facilitates learning of the key skills in creative industry business, entrepreneurship and project management. You are given the opportunity to develop their business ideas from concept to complain through the production of digital media outlets whilst using PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environment)
- Music Production and Cultural Theory
This module will develop your professional practice of the creative industries through in-depth understanding of both practical and theoretical aspects of music recording and production processes. Including mixing, remixing and mastering in stereo and surround.
- Programming and Audio Design for Animation
You will examine in detail the digital manipulation of audio data, location recording and Foley, the creation of sound libraries, and sound design for animation, enabling you to produce work to industry standards.
- The Masters Stage
The Audio Production Project is your opportunity to negotiate a large-scale, self-determined, original and inventive project, based on several areas explored in the taught stage of the course.
Possible careers include music producer, audio and audio visual post-production specialist, ADR, audio and audio visual producer, composer, education, Foley artist, interactive audio design teams, location sound specialist, programmer, radio and sound engineer.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster
work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.
You will need to have a portfolio of audio and/or audiovisual production works, which demonstrates your ability to work in audio at a high level. You should be able to discuss how the course enables you to build towards a new area of creative activity and employment. A good first degree is desirable, although applicants with strong portfolio and professional industry experience will be considered.