BSc (Hons) Professional Sound & Video
- UCAS CodeG3B4
- Year of entry 2022, 2023
- Duration 3 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 80-112
- Institution Code G53
- Location Wrexham
access to production studios
to the Centre for the Creative Industries
on live professional events within the studios and outside events.
Why choose this course?
Learn and work in a real production environment – our Professional Sound and Video degree is developed in close collaboration with the BBC, Skillset and leading industry experts.
- focus on exploring current and emerging technologies applicable to still and moving image production and sound design for installations
- engage in the day-to-day operation of the television studio and audio production facility
- develop a theoretical and practical understanding across a range of skills in pre-production, production, post-production, audio design and live sound
- use the university’s audio recording and television studio, exploring single and multi-camera filmmaking, lighting and acquisition for audio visual effects work
- develop skills across disciplines and covers a broad range of technologies that will help in the development of a portfolio
Discover more about our Creative Media courses and facilities from our staff and students.
Key course features
- The Centre for the Creative Industries supports work across a range of creative disciplines using the latest in television production technology.
- Wrexham Glyndwr’s Television Studio features 4K and High Definition cameras and equipment and a multi-camera control room.
- You will lead Glyndwr.tv live sessions, stream live and feature a mixture of high-profile, as well as, local bands and performers.
- There are two audio post-production studios in the Wall Studio and TV studio respectively.
- Our graduates have collaborated with a range of local companies including NHS Wales, Wales Rugby League, Clwyd Theatre Cymru, BBC, Universal Music, QVC and Technicolor and other students have taken on freelance roles and formed their own production companies.
- The IT facilities form a core part of course delivery, introducing a range of Non-Linear Editing software such as Final Cut, Premiere and AVID as well as colour correction, compositing and 3D packages. The audio is catered for by the use of Logic, Protools, MAX, MSP, Jitter and various bespoke packages. These IT facilities are also open access and are available to you in order to develop your skills.
What you will study
Each year of the programme is designed to introduce new concepts, skills and theories and progression to the next level will leverage and develop core skills in a cumulative way.
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
- Introduction to Audio Skills: This is your introduction to sound production, manipulation and editing for media practitioners; musicians; prospective sound and media engineers and installation artists. The course focuses on the implementation of sound systems in small to medium-scale installations, and the techniques involved in studio-based audio production. It introduces you to the key elements that are required to provide high-quality sound and furnishes you with the required skills to set up and use digital and analogue sound equipment effectively.
- Introduction to Screen Skills: We introduce you to the screen technique– Camera. Lighting, Narrative and Editing It will enable you to understand the principles of lighting for screen media. You will learn to engage as a team member in the screen media production environment. The module will introduce you to the techniques to provide a critical and analytical understanding of style and genre and enable you to work creatively across production disciplines and provide an introduction to equipment and technologies for media production. You will learn to work in a safe manner and appreciate the health and safety constraints of different working production environments.
- Study Skills: The module aims to ensure that you receive an appropriate grounding in core academic and IT skills, and personal and professional skills to include relevant IT required for successful study at higher education level and progression through the degree and applying them to the modules within the programme.
- Creative Futures 1 (Employability Portfolio): This will provide you with the opportunities for the development of transferable skills which are appropriate and beneficial for your academic, personal and vocational progress. You will get an introduction to the professional life of media professionals, working artists and designers and to create an awareness of career opportunities. You will examine contemporary practitioners and their working philosophies and assess their influence in the specialist field through industrial visits, exhibitions and design festivals, guest talks and media professional lectures. We will look at the importance of communication, working relationships and the demands and expectations of the workplace. You will also build a personal development plan.
- Stock Media Asset Design: To introduce you to creative practice through your own specialist environment. Explore the significance of creative environments as it pertains to a portfolio career in the media and communications industries. You will define and implement parameters for learning and development in creative environments that take in career goals within the media production industries. The module enables collaboration and communication when working on creative projects and teaches you to express ideas and information when carrying out set tasks, taking into account varying ways people interact with information. Media Production We introduce you to a range of techniques allowing the creation of a multi-platform creative profile. The module has been designed to give you the opportunity to critically analyse emerging online trends used by creative freelance professionals to create a branded online presence of their own.
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
- Studio Design Standards: Expand upon principles acquired in the first year of the programme and apply the skills to design scenarios representing industry-related tasks. The knowledge delivered will be concerned with the visual, acoustic and electrical design of a real space with ideas and principles drawn from case studies. You will be introduced to 2D and 3D design packages to enable the creation of designs to a creative and professional standard. The electrical considerations will be an expansion of the knowledge acquired in Level 4 audio and video modules, applying core electrical principles to standard interconnections and wiring protocols for digital and analogue signal paths.
- Visual Effects: Explore image manipulation techniques using Visual effects applications – this will include Keying, blend operations, tracking and colour correction. You will also develop a further understanding of image channels and their functions. This module will help you to understand the values of different image data types and adhere to colour pipeline methodologies to convincingly blend images together.
- Theatre Sound Technology: The content of this module is an introduction to musical theatre sound production. The theory concentrates on the key elements of sound design with regard to musical theatre as opposed to general live sound production. It will develop your appreciation of the theatrical production environment and furnish you with the required skills to play an active part in a theatrical company or production team. It aims to develop an understanding of the factors that define high quality in a sound design for theatrical production, a competence in sound design and technical specification, an appreciation of the discrete roles within a theatrical company and the ability to work in a team-orientated situation. You should also develop an awareness of the strengths and limitations of technology in the context of theatrical sound design and an appreciation of the external factors that limit the effectiveness of the technology.
- Recording Technology: The content of this module is the progression of analogue recording theory into the realms of digital audio processing and reproduction. You will learn to apply the skills acquired on analogue equipment to virtual studio technology and will appraise the differences and challenges that affect this approach. This will be achieved through the introduction of research-informed production methodologies.
- Research Methods: The content of this module is designed to introduce you to the concepts and practices of applied research. This will be achieved through the examination of trends in technology and the external cultural/technological factors that have led to its success or failure. This module offers the opportunity to develop a firm base of research skills to support your progress in subsequent modules and further study. Underpinning this is the understanding of how an extended piece of academic writing is constructed, preparing you for extended academic writing such as the dissertation and project modules at level 6.
- Advanced Studio (TV): This module aims to develop your proficiency in a contemporary television studio environment and build on previous experience in screen media and production and post-production modules. The aim is to combine skills in screen media, multi-camera, lighting and visual effects content to produce genre-specific TV show content. This module will offer opportunities for creative and technical development and exploration, to develop skills introduced in the preceding semesters and introduce further single and multiple camera techniques and more advanced post-production skills. It will also contain the communication between the working groups, demonstrating your appreciation of the roles within a production team.
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)
- Dissertation: This module will produce a piece of research that will complement your study to date, it will be based on an existing or emergent theme from within the degree structure. The culmination of course-work though the dissertation will be an academic development displaying your knowledge of subjects of study. Required knowledge and skills from all previous modules, together with the key skills – investigation, planning, self-management, evaluation, presentation, and report writing- expected of a creative media technology student. In particular, originality should be demonstrated. You will be capable of producing a dissertation that is supported by factual referenced evidence. If required, suitable statistical analysis will be employed to investigate data.
- Project: The project brings together all of your subjects of study, requiring knowledge, and skills from all previous modules, together with personal common skills- investigation, planning, self-management, evaluation, presentation and report writing – expected of someone working in creative media technology. Your originality should be demonstrated. The project will provide you with the opportunity to practise the problem-solving activities of a creative engineer, and to explore original ideas. You will exercise your ability in applying and extending the methods, skills, information, knowledge and understanding obtained during the various parts of the degree in the development and evaluation of a major piece of work.
- Post Production: This module addresses the technical and artistic values involved with developing a professional audio post-production process. The theory will explore and support the techniques required to produce sound for TV, film and portable media. Gain a firm grounding in the principles and techniques concerned, as required by a visual, media, or audio professional. The content of this module addresses the skills required for the synchronisation of audio-visual material, to Foley and sound design. Surround sound standards will also be covered and the approach of mixing in surround.
- Client Collaboration: Control and deliver a live project – this is to be developed by negotiation with a client. The content is a client-led brief from within their professional area. The constraints and expectations of a real-world project will be expected to be delivered. The module is intended to develop your ability to work as part of a team, and also to produce and manage a professional brief to the criteria set by an external client. This will provide you with practical opportunities to promote your creative, technical and professional abilities.
- Modern Media Delivery: This module affords you the opportunity to develop high-end, professional skills in the editing and composition of contemporary digital video and multimedia. The aim of the module is to examine and utilise traditional and innovative approaches for special effects and post- production of media. The module will use examples from film, television, music and games, replicating these through the utilisation of digital video and audio editing, synthesis and manipulation software packages. In addition to development of an advanced practical set of skills, you will also grow a deepened understanding of digital technologies and the theories that support practical work. This is achieved by looking at the current, state of the art, and future technologies in the fields of digital media, television and broadcasting. It will also extend your range of your digital media editing skills to a professional level and expose you to a range of current and future technologies and allow you opportunities to evaluate these technologies for yourselves. You will ground your practical skills with a deep, solid understanding of digital manipulation theories.
- Live Systems: The aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary skill set and knowledge to design and optimise large scale installed and touring sound systems. This will be delivered by investigating the science of building speaker systems at component level. The focus of the module will then address DSP driven systems that rely heavily on new and emerging network/software protocols for the delivery of high-quality audio. The module will take the underlying theories and apply them to real world scenarios such as arena and festival sound systems.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
The academic requirements for the degree are for at least 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. If you do not meet the entry requirements for the three-year bachelors degree you should consider the four-year degree.
Teaching & Assessment
Assessment takes varying forms from audio and visual production pieces to blogging about learning experiences.
Written academic pieces; practical display of skills; portfolios.
The course does not require traditional exams.
Teaching and learning
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. You can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Our Careers & Employability Service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
This course will give you the training and expertise to work within one of the many exciting areas of the media broadcast industries. You will develop a variety of skills that will enhance your employability, including skills in:
- Research - We have students who have progressed into FE and HE teaching, also taking research degrees.
- Communication - You have taken careers within radio stations, galleries and audio installation.
- Use of technology - This course gives a wide range of technological opportunities with skills that transfer across a range of creative areas.
- Ability to collaborate - We have placed students at major festivals in Europe.
- Project design and management
Careers opportunities include:
- Broadcasting - We have a range of successful broadcasters working for national companies in pre-production, production and post-production.
- Video Production - Establishing their own or working for independent producers on a variety of projects for a wide range of clients.
- Post-production - Video editing and compositing skills are developed throughout the degree and offer a strong foothold for VFX and other Post Production roles.
- Photography - Image capture, both still and video is at the heart of the curriculum and students have gone on to produce a range of photographic work.
- Production and Studio Management - Many opportunities exist for graduates to use their skills for project management and other client commissions.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees and funding pages.
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation section to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.
If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.
For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section.