Reasons to study Audio and Recording Technology at De Montfort University (DMU):
You will develop skills in audio mixing and mastering, learn the principles of electronics and acoustics, study the measurement and design of recording and audio production environments and produce sound for digital media, including radio, video, multimedia and online.
You will build an attractive portfolio of skills and develop the ability to pursue careers in areas such as studio recording, audio and post production, sound system installation, management and sound for film and TV.
DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
100% of Audio and Recording Technology graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Audio and Recording Technology was awarded 92% Overall Student Satisfaction
In the National Student Survey 2018
- Industry accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support)
On behalf of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG), and the UK Screen Association. This recognised qualification endorses the quality of our teaching
- Work placement opportunities
Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Recent placements include experience at Dean Street Studio
- Multi-million pound facilities
Develop your practical skills in our Creative Technology Studios, featuring a host of video, audio and radio production suites, and two fully equipped recording studios with analogue and digital recording systems, as well as surround sound monitoring
- Award winning student group, Demon Media
Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, which includes The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to Studio Techniques (Core)
- Sound analysis and perception (Core)
- Live Coding (Core)
- Digital Music Creativity: Synthesis (Core)
- Studio Recording Essentials (Core)
- Academic Fundamentals (Core)
- Audio Electronics Fundamentals (Core)
- Audio Engineering Fundamentals (Core)
- Studio Production Techniques (Core)
- Further Audio Electronics (Core)
- Studio Signal Processing (Core)
- Acoustics Fundamentals (Core)
- Live Sound and Location Recording (Optional)
- Further Digital Signal Processing (Optional)
- Procedural Programming for Music (Optional)
- Digital Music Creativity: Advanced Synthesis (Optional)
- Negotiated Project (Optional)
- Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (Optional)
- Ensemble Recording (Optional)
- Studio Radio Production (Optional)
- MAT Research Project (Core)
- Critical Listening and Audio Analysis (Core)
- Audio Mastering and Application (Core)
- Audio Recording and Production for Film (Optional)
- Acoustics Applications (Optional)
- Advanced Digital Signal Processing (Optional)
- Spatial Audio Production (Optional)
- Broadcast Technologies (Optional)
- Advanced Musical Electronics (Optional)
- Sound Design (Optional)
- Location Radio Production (Optional)
Facilities and features
Creative Technology Studios
Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.
The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.
Specifically, the facilities include:
- Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
- A suite of over 20 video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard editing software
- Television studios with high-definition video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
- Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
- Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
- Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
- Fused-media and motion-capture studios for the teaching and research of 3D image capture, modelling and display
- A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.
The film studios located in the Queens building makes available multi-camera, blue screen and green screen studios for all students on our media courses. The green screen and blue screen facilities enable students to create videos that take advantage of colour keying to merge video with computer graphics, stock video and still images.
The multi-camera studio replicates the most common setup for TV studios and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting and sound. The film studios also includes a full lighting setup and a viewing gallery so that cameras and presenters can receive direction from the students taking the role of a producer. Using live graphic overlays students can successfully replicate news, shopping channel and chat show environments.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
Recent graduates are now pursuing careers as freelance audio engineers, music producers, studio engineers and technical operators and work for companies including Bauer Media, Spotify and Future Publishing.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.
They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.
DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.