Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement
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 moving here soon. 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. On the course, assessment work is often for a real client. 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.
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||GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||260-280 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.
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.
You should show an aptitude for media production and technology through your choice of subjects studied and/or through your hobbies and interests.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Jos Hirst the Director of Admissions for further information.
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.’
This list gives a flavour of the jobs our graduates go on to:
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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We offer fee discounts and cash awards to help you study through our:
There’s a lot more funding available to those who need it, including:
For more information please see our all about money section
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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.