BSc (Hons)

Audio Engineering

Teaching & Learning

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study - the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

An introduction to the technologies and principles that underpin analogue and digital music signals and systems.
Listen critically to spaces, audio equipment and audio material. You will develop your understanding of acoustic principles and the human auditory system.
Learn the key engineering and programming skills to be able to describe process, analyse and evaluate audio, and to solve audio problems.
Gain a grounding in the key area of audio electronics. You will design, build and evaluate simple audio circuits.
Develop your understanding of the kinds of computer-based audio technologies that can be used within a creative context, either as stand-alone applications or along with more traditional audio tools. You will also develop an understanding of the internal structures and processing of the synthesizers and audio effects that are used in the production of music and sound.
The techniques and technologies of digital audio production, in and out of the studio. You will develop an understanding of digital audio workstations and their role in audio editing, sequencing and recording.
An introduction to the technologies and principles that underpin analogue and digital music signals and systems.
Listen critically to spaces, audio equipment and audio material. You will develop your understanding of acoustic principles and the human auditory system.
Learn the key engineering and programming skills to be able to describe process, analyse and evaluate audio, and to solve audio problems.
Gain a grounding in the key area of audio electronics. You will design, build and evaluate simple audio circuits.
Develop your understanding of the kinds of computer-based audio technologies that can be used within a creative context, either as stand-alone applications or along with more traditional audio tools. You will also develop an understanding of the internal structures and processing of the synthesizers and audio effects that are used in the production of music and sound.
The techniques and technologies of digital audio production, in and out of the studio. You will develop an understanding of digital audio workstations and their role in audio editing, sequencing and recording.

What you'll learn

Learn about audio transducers, from the very commonplace devices such as loudspeakers and microphones to the less common such as hydrophones and bone conduction devices.
Choose from and respond to a chosen project brief over the course of the module. The briefs provided will describe a variety of projects relevant to your subject area necessitating research, planning, teamwork, negotiation and practical skills.
Study the audio signal chain and the key factors that impact on audio performance.
Build your knowledge of digital signal processing techniques and algorithms, and the use of audio programming software in the development of audio effects and other computer audio tools.
Explore key topics within the broad, overlapping fields of acoustics and psychoacoustics, with an emphasis on their relevance within music and sound technology.
Learn about audio transducers, from the very commonplace devices such as loudspeakers and microphones to the less common such as hydrophones and bone conduction devices.
Choose from and respond to a chosen project brief over the course of the module. The briefs provided will describe a variety of projects relevant to your subject area necessitating research, planning, teamwork, negotiation and practical skills.
Study the audio signal chain and the key factors that impact on audio performance.
Build your knowledge of digital signal processing techniques and algorithms, and the use of audio programming software in the development of audio effects and other computer audio tools.
Explore key topics within the broad, overlapping fields of acoustics and psychoacoustics, with an emphasis on their relevance within music and sound technology.

Option modules may include

Build your knowledge of the various techniques, concepts and skills associated with the setting up and operation of a live sound system.
Learn the concepts and challenges of producing audio for interactive games.
Study spatial audio systems - from commercial entertainment systems, through to ambisonics and diffusion systems and how these can be used for the presentation of spatial material.
Study a range of approaches to interactive and reactive audio system design.
Build your knowledge of the various techniques, concepts and skills associated with the setting up and operation of a live sound system.
Learn the concepts and challenges of producing audio for interactive games.
Study spatial audio systems - from commercial entertainment systems, through to ambisonics and diffusion systems and how these can be used for the presentation of spatial material.
Study a range of approaches to interactive and reactive audio system design.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

What you'll learn

Research, plan and propose a major project within the course subject area. Through negotiation with the project supervisor, you will gain feedback on the proposals, project plan and project methodology that will be conducted within the major project in semester two.
You will undertake a substantial project in your chosen area which will be negotiated with your project supervisor.
From studio design to evaluating auditoria and from standard noise survey techniques to the development of innovative acoustic treatment solutions, explore the applications of acoustics.
The process of bringing sound and music to an audience in a variety of situations through sound reinforcement. You will study audio specifications, acoustics, surround sound, loudspeaker design and live sound systems.
Develop a professional portfolio of work related to a future career or enterprise. By examining case studies and through lectures with active industry practitioners and employment specialists, you will be able to bring together key pieces of work and skills to build a professional portfolio that will lead towards your career objectives.
Research, plan and propose a major project within the course subject area. Through negotiation with the project supervisor, you will gain feedback on the proposals, project plan and project methodology that will be conducted within the major project in semester two.
You will undertake a substantial project in your chosen area which will be negotiated with your project supervisor.
From studio design to evaluating auditoria and from standard noise survey techniques to the development of innovative acoustic treatment solutions, explore the applications of acoustics.
The process of bringing sound and music to an audience in a variety of situations through sound reinforcement. You will study audio specifications, acoustics, surround sound, loudspeaker design and live sound systems.
Develop a professional portfolio of work related to a future career or enterprise. By examining case studies and through lectures with active industry practitioners and employment specialists, you will be able to bring together key pieces of work and skills to build a professional portfolio that will lead towards your career objectives.

Option modules may include

From studio design to evaluating auditoria and from standard noise survey techniques to the development of innovative acoustic treatment solutions, explore the applications of acoustics.
Explore the history of community music and investigate the application of music technology across community arts.
From studio design to evaluating auditoria and from standard noise survey techniques to the development of innovative acoustic treatment solutions, explore the applications of acoustics.
Explore the history of community music and investigate the application of music technology across community arts.