BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology teaches you the creative skills to generate and produce the best digital media content and the technical knowledge to deliver it to an audience. It includes production of television and animated content using our cameras, edit suites and TV studios, audio content using our ProTools based sound recording studios and web content.
The degree is based in our state of the art building at MediaCityUK, the hub of media production in the north. Big names here include BBC, who have three buildings and 2300 staff just next door, and ITV, who are in the floors above us. Coronation Street is now filmed at MediaCityUK. Smaller businesses and freelancers occupy the Pie Factory and the Greenhouse.
Being based at MediaCityUK allows you to build your portfolio both within the course and on extra-curricular activities. Outside the course, students take advantage of our location to gain work experience (BBC Blue Peter, Comic Relief, Children in Need, SIS), take part in client competitions (Hewlett Packard) and work on our own live QuaysTV show. Strong students gain paid freelance work whilst on the programme including working on live premership football with ADI TV and on big name shows including Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor.
BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology is accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Support.
BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology student Mel talks about life at Salford.
BSc(Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology is covers both digital media production and media technology. On the degree you will study the following strands:
In your final year, you pick an individual project.
|GCSE||English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||260-280 points|
|GCE A level||260-280 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Scottish Highers||280 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280 points|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course. Please contact Jos Hirst the Director of Admissions for further information.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
You should show an aptitude for media production and technology through your choice of subjects studied and/or through your hobbies and interests.
The majority of your time will be spent undertaking a range of project work both on your own and as part of a small project group. Much of the course is delivered in a production environment. You will spend much of your time in our sound recording studios, our music technology rooms, our digital video editing suites and our TV studios.
For some of the time you will be in traditional lectures where you will learn more theoretical material.
You will be taught by a wide a range of staff, all experts in their own subject area and each bringing research and/or commercial expertise. Some examples include:
Much of the assessment is by the production of a piece of media. This is often supported by a written report or a formal presentation. There is a significant amount of assessed group work and we run peer assessment schemes to ensure that all members of the group get a fair mark. Example assessments include:
The more theoretical material is assessed by written report or by traditional examination.
BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology graduates have an excellent track record of finding well paid jobs. Whilst many graduates work in organisations, a significant minority become freelancers in the media industry.
Rob Barstow, Runner, BBC Dragon’s Den
‘I am currently a Production Runner on BBC Dragons' Den. I did a work experience placement at the BBC and was kept on and employed after my placement had finished. PSVT helped me both by teaching me the practical skills necessary for my career but also by helping me secure different work experiences in the industry so that I was well prepared for the start of my career after I had finished my degree. The tutors were always there to offer help and advice.’
Max Dabrowski, Machine Control Room Engineer, Sky New Zealand
'It goes without saying the facilities are ace, most of the equipment I use now in a professional context doesn’t hold a candle to the stuff I used when I was at Uni. Manufactures of technical equipment are churning out new and improved products on what seems like a daily basis so getting hands on with new bits of kit is advantageous when it comes round to selling yourself at job interviews.
Although hands-on experience is important, a solid theoretical understanding in technology and processes is also imperative. The fact I had classroom based theory lessons to accompany the practical sessions gave me a technical understanding for both analogue and digital system.
Something I didn’t realise until I left university was that the course acted like a taster of various industries. Each module allowed enough exploring to get a feel what it would be like working in a particular industry, at the end of my 3 years I felt like I had a well-rounded education that touched on many areas from live sound to animated graphics. It nurtured my interest in technology and helped me evolve my love for sound in to a love for TV and broadcasting.'
This list gives a flavour of the jobs our graduates go on to:
We work with a range of companies to provide various benefits to students. For example, the company that filmed the graduation ceremonies (AtoV) paid six of our students as freelancers to work on the project. We have a link with a local TV company (ADI.tv) to provide paid freelancer technical operators from our students. The students work on graphics, highlights and ingest for the internal TV channels of many premiereship and championship football clubs.
We are a strategic partner of Avid, who provide high end software applications (Media Composer, Pro Tools). Through this partnership, students have the opportunity to become Avid Certified Users as part of the programme. Avid also provide sessions in our Next Generation festival – a programme of inspirational and educational master classes delivered by industry experts.
You have the opportunity to take a placement year between your second and final year. On your placement you will work for a relevant organisation and be paid a salary. This is an excellent opportunity for you to build your CV. Recent Professional Sound and Video Technology students have undertaken placements with, for example, Disney (London), the outside broadcast specialists SIS at MediaCityUK, L’ull Cec gallery in Barcelona and sound company StudioSpares in London.
Our student who went to Disney said:
‘They said they were really impressed with the research I had done, and the knowledge I had gained about compression and transmission, they also said they were really impressed with the fact I could understand and read code, so the things being taught on the psvt course are really useful for gaining employment in broadcast engineering.’
We have a placement team who help you in trying to find a placement. However, it is important that you are aware that this is a very competitive market and that we cannot guarantee a placement.
Work experience is another way for you to build your portfolio. Recently Professional Sound and Video students have gained work experience with BBC Blue Peter and BBC Academy.
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You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
If you achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent) you could be awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship.
The Salford Student Bursary is available to Greater Manchester residents with a household income of less than £25,000.
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Our facilities at MediaCityUK include:
At the main campus, we also have a 4 studio recording complex, using Pro Tools in the 3 digital control rooms and with 1 analogue control room. Each control room has its own associated live room.