The Music and Audio Production programme is designed for musicians from a wide range of musical backgrounds interested in the production of musical content in both the recording studio and live performance environments. Students will gain practical knowledge and experience of recording, editing, mixing and mastering music using professional studio facilities. Working alongside leading music industry professionals students will gain additional sound engineering experience in a sound reinforcement context and develop musical practice in composition, general musicianship and (optionally) musical performance.
Finishing my time as a Music and Audio Production student at Queen's, I am so thankful for every opportunity afforded to me. The course has been designed by people who know the industry, the teaching is of a standard that would rival any academical institution, and the overall experience for an enthusiastic student is one of detailed learning and rapid development, before being set loose in the world of work. The biggest attraction for me to study at Queen's
was the quality of facilities on offer. Open day after open day, students are amazed at what they see. What is so valuable is that we have been given the freedom to gain first-hand experience, honing already existing skills and garnering new ones. From day one, lecturers took an interest in my progression. My personal tutor was never too busy to offer advice or review a piece of work, and especially when it has come to considering potential employment opportunities, my thoughts have been guided all the way. So, I will always look back with gratitude for my time spent at Queen's!
|N.B.||This is not an exclusive list and these options are subject to staff availability.|
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|Stage 1||At Level 1 students develop their musical practice in the areas of composition, critical listening and improvisation in addition to gaining a thorough grounding in sound recording principles and practical experience of audio mixing and sound synthesis. Students also explore the range of musical practices ranging from mass market music to the 'classical' tradition and its contemporary proliferation.|
Modules include (*indicates core module)
Sound Recording and Production*
Sound Synthesis & Audio Mixing*
Introduction to Composition*
Introduction to Music*
Introduction to Film Studies
Music in History
|Stage 2||At Level 2 students develop recording and production skills working alongside their peers on the BA Music Performance programme. Students work together to create repertoire suitable for multitrack studio recording and this content is recorded, edited and mixed to broadcast standard.|
Optional modules are available in areas such as song writing, sound design, sonic arts, radio production, instrument and installation design, performance or improvisation.
Modules include (*indicates core module) Sound Recording and Production*
Experimental Popular Musics*
Live Production Systems
Sound Design for Screen
Interactive Sensing Systems
Scoring and Arranging
Instrument and Installation Design
Introduction to Arts Management
|Stage 3||At Level 3 students continue to develop sound recording and production skills focussing on stereo microphone techniques for recording acoustic ensembles. Students can opt to take modules in spatial audio mixing, designing musical interactions, sonic arts, composing for film and television, or undertake a work placement. The programme concludes with the completion of a project focusing on an aspect of professional practice in audio production.|
Modules include (*indicates core module)
Sound Recording and Production*
Politics and Popular Song*
Film and Music
Composing for Screen
Audio Post Production
Traditional Irish Music
A Night at the Opera
Work Based Learning
Single / Double Performance
Dissertation / Special Project
Bach and Mozart
Dr David Robb
Dr Franziska Schroeder
Dr Kurt James Werner
Dr Miguel Ortiz
Dr Pedro Rebelo
Dr Sarah McCleave
Dr Simon Mawhinney
Dr Simon Waters
Dr Trevor Agus
Dr Zeynep Bulut
Professor Ian Woodfield
Professor Paul Stapleton
Professor Piers Hellawell
Professor Yo Tomita
|Large Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of lectures
|Medium Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
|Personal Study||24 (hours maximum)|
hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including guided study, composition, performance rehearsal, online activities, etc.
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||2 (hours maximum)|
hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
The School is one of the largest and best-equipped institutions in the UK working in the field of music and sound. Students on the BA Music and Audio Production have access to state-of-the-art audio resources including:
The Sonic Lab: a unique performance space with variable acoustics, an acoustically transparent grid floor and 48 studio quality loudspeakers to facilitate three dimensional sound projection. The Sonic Lab is capable of projecting multichannel audio in a range of spatial formats including ambisonics and Dolby Atmos.
Studios: The School has 10 studio spaces used for recording, mixing, sound design, composition, foley recording, audio post production and spatialisation. The studios feature a range of active monitoring from Genelec, PMC, ATC, Dynaudio and the larger studio spaces use large format digital mixing consoles from Studer, AMS-Neve and Avid. The School also has an extensive microphone collection including a range of popular models from Soundfield, Neumann, DPA, Schoeps, AKG, Sennheiser and Shure.
Additionally, there are a range of study spaces, rehearsal spaces and teaching rooms distributed across our two buildings.
The SARC building contains seven purpose-built studio spaces designed and acoustically treated by ARUP acoustics
Currently there are 48 loudspeakers in use in the lab. The house configuration is arranged in 4 layers:
8 x Meyer UPM-1P
Dolby Atmos configuration, arranged in two rows front to back. The loudspeakers hang from six of the nine overhead adjustable ceiling panels.
15 x Meyer UPJ-1P
3 x Meyer UMS-1P subwoofer
Dolby Atmos configuration. The loudspeakers are suspended from the technical gantry approximately 7m above the ground floor.
4 x Genelec 1038B
4 x Genelec 1037B
2 x Meyer UPJ-1P + Meyer UMS-1P sub
The Genelecs are in an octophonic configuration plus two Meyer UPJ-1P/UMS-1P front centre and rear centre.
8 x Meyer UPM-1P
2 x Meyer X-800 subwoofer
At lower ground level (4m below the grid floor).
The loudspeaker system is managed using a QSC QSYS system (2 x Core 510i) with Dante input and 48 analogue outputs.
A Studer Vista 5 console is located at the rear of the lab. The console is fitted with 3 I/O racks - one at the stage, one in the centre of the lab beside the console, and one at the basement level of the lab. The stage rack provides 32 mic/line analogue inputs and 8 analogue outputs; the centre rack provide 40 line analogue inputs and 8 analogue outputs; the basement rack provide 48 analogue outputs. Also attached to the Studer console is an Apple Mac Pro hosting a ProTools HD system. Connectivity is via an SSL Delta Link MADI interface for ProTools and an RME HDSPe MADI card.
Ensembles include the Queen's University Symphony Orchestra, Queen's Big Band, Queen's Chamber Choir, QUBEnsemble, Queen's University Brass Band and Queen's Viol Consort.
Situated in the Main Site Tower basement are a suite of four band rooms - three performance and one control room for recording. All the rooms are linked together to allow studio quality audio recordings. Check out the link for a full list of equipment provided in these rooms.
The school also has facilities for organists and pianists, including an extensive range of early keyboard instruments, orchestral instruments and percussion instruments.
Concert venues include the Harty Room, The Sonic Lab, McMordie Hall, Whitla Hall and Elmwood Hall.
|A level requirements|
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
33 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma|
QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade.
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 660 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 420 GLH at Merit grade.
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree
There are no specific subject requirements to study Music and Audio Production.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
For last year's intake, applicants for this BA programme offering A-level/BTEC qualifications must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, will also be considered.
For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits. For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. The current entrance requirement for Stage 1 entry is successful completion of the HND with 2 Distinctions, 10 Merits and 4 Passes overall. Applicants with sufficiently high grades in the first year of a relevant HND in Music Production or Music may be considered for entry to Stage 2 and, where offers are made, these are conditional on successful completion of this HND with 3 Distinctions and 13 Merits overall.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (firstname.lastname@example.org), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Companies and institutions currently employing our graduates include the BBC, UTV, Weller Media Agency, Start Together Studios, PSAV, The Mac, Pi Communications, The Nerve Centre, Steven’s Institute of Technology and Queen’s University Belfast.
Employment after the Course
The programme prepares students for a wide range of possible career paths including studio and venue audio engineering, broadcasting, audiology, acoustic consultancy, artist management, concert-venue management, audio system support, education and other areas of the music and audio industries. Companies and institutions currently employing our graduates include the BBC, UTV, Weller Media Agency, Start Together Studios, PSAV, The Mac, Pi Communications, The Nerve Centre, Steven’s Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.
The BA in Music and Audio Production is a new degree programme which commenced in September 2017. Graduates of related programmes at Queen’s have been very successful in the area of Audio Production and include:
Graham Archer, Grammy Nominated Music Producer
Fiona McAuley, Digital Campaign Manager, Polydor, London
Richard Graham, Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute,New Jersey
Gerard Gormley, Lecturer Audio Production, Buckinghamshire University
Claire Leonard, Client Manager, Jeff Robinson PR
Jonny Woods, Engineer/Producer, Start Together Studios
The Level 3 Work Based Learning module is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world industry experience. Some of the organisations our students have completed placements with include: The Mac, Crescent Arts Centre, Production House, Start Together Studios, Redbox Recording, Smalltown America Studios, Blast Furnace Studios, Sonic Visuals, Earthmusic, Glasgowbury Music Hub. .
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,395|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£4,395|
The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry have not yet been set. The fees shown are for 2020 entry and are to be used only as a guide. Please check back later in 2020 to view updated fees.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Music and Audio Production costs
The School is an Avid Learning Partner and optional courses providing Avid certification in the use of ProTools are available as part of the programme. The cost of these courses ranges from £20 to £90 per course.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
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