Study Acoustics, Audio and Video at Salford
By choosing to study audio and acoustics at university, you're starting a fascinating journey - and opening up some exciting career paths. The impact of noise is an increasingly important concern in society and opportunities are emerging to support noise consultancy, product design and media production.
For over 60 years, Salford has pioneered the study, research and commercial work of acoustics, audio and vibration. Now one of the UK’s leading centres for this vitally important branch of physics, we offer a range of career-focused courses where you can explore the science of sound and create a better sounding world.
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You can meet our expert acoustics and audio tutors, virtually explore our campus, and find out more about life as a Salford student.
WHY STUDY ACOUSTICS, AUDIO AND VIDEO AT SALFORD
You can choose to include an industrial placement year between years two and three to boost your future employability
You will experience live briefs, guest lectures and real-world scenarios as you build your acoustics and audiovisual knowledge
You will learn in our industry-standard studios, surrounded by world-class research settings such as the Anechoic chamber
From day one, you'll learn from our enthusiastic teaching and research team, who carry out world-leading acoustics research for the acoustic and audio industry and are eager to share cutting-edge knowledge. This career-focused approach to your learning is designed to help you gain the skills and confidence to follow a wide range of exciting career paths.
During your studies, you'll receive guest lectures and work on live projects, some of which are taking place in our facilities. We'll also encourage you include a placement year during your studies so you can gain vital real-world experience - and exciting opportunities. One student recently spent the start of her placement working on the sound design at Glastonbury!
World-Class laboratories and studios
In becoming a leading centres for audio, visuals and acoustics teaching and research, we've established an unrivalled suite of laboratories and studios. Key features at our Peel Park campus include dedicated listening rooms, a transmission suite, reverberation chambers and editing suites. Star of the show is our full Anechoic Chamber - one of the quietest spaces in the world.
Over at our MediaCityUK campus, you'll find even equipment and software, much of which is standard in any post-production house in the UK. Providing space for professional editors to collaborate with students, editing suites include industry finishing software Smoke, award-winning compositing software Nuke and colour finishing tool Da Vinci Resolve.
Strong Career Prospects
Salford is one of the UK's - and the world's - leading centres for acoustics teaching and research. For over 60 years, we've shared our passion for acoustics, sound engineering and audio visual technology to give our students the best start to their career. Which is why you'll now find our acoustics alumni across the globe shaping concert halls, designing noise barriers and creating sound systems at festivals.
Salford alumni have progressed to work with leading global companies, including Apple, Arup, Bang and Olufsen, BBC, Bentley, Dyson, Dolby and Google.
What facilities will I have access to?
Depending on your course, we have a range of world-class facilities for Acoustics, Audio and Video students to access. Our Acoustics Laboratories, for example, have a range of specialist test environments, from an anechoic chamber to transmission suites and reverberation chambers. Our MediaCityUK campus is home to our Audio Production suites and TV Studios, providing students with access to multi-million pound Pro Tools enabled studios, 3D animation suites, post-production software and more!
Where have students done their placements in the past?
With a huge number of relevant work placements available, students across our acoustics, audio and video courses have secured placements with a variety of organisations, with some completing multiple placements throughout their time at university. Hear from BSc (Hons) Acoustical and Audio Engineering student Elle about her placement experiences.
What career paths will be open to me when I graduate?
Each of our acoustic, audio and video courses will prepare you for a range of vocational careers across the audio and media industries. Graduates from these courses often progress into roles including studio engineer, broadcast engineer, product developer, acoustics consultant, gaming audio engineer, technical engineer, media technician, colourist, and MCR gallery operator. Course alumni have gone on to work for companies including Apple, Dolby, Arup, Bang and Olufson, Jaguar Land Rover and Salford City Football Club.
Will I have access to recording studios while I'm studying?
Yes, we have an online booking system for students to reserve studio time. It's completely free and we always encourage students to bring any bands in to record.
CAMPUS LIFE. BIG CITY BUZZ.
Studying at Salford really is the best of both worlds. Our Peel Park campus is part of one of the UK’s first public parks - so you have 46 square kilometres of lush, green space to enjoy. But we're also just over a mile away from the big city buzz of central Manchester - voted the UK's most liveable city two years running.
Famous for music, culture, sport, art and science, the cities of Manchester and Salford offers an unrivalled student experience where you can balance your studies with world-class culture, exciting events and legendary nightlife.
University life isn’t all about studying – sometimes you have to have fun, too.
From joining a society or taking a gym class, to meeting up with friends for lunch in Atmosphere bar and café, when you're not working on your next assignment, you can enjoy the perks of our campus.
Living in student accommodation is a great way to get settled into university life and meet new people.
We’ve got some great accommodation options to choose from, including Peel Park Quarter - recently voted the second-best halls of residence in the UK.
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