Audio Production MA
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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You will need to have a portfolio of audio and/or audio visual production works, which demonstrates your ability to work in audio at a high level. You should be able to discuss how the course enables you to build towards a new area of creative activity and employment. A good first degree is desirable, although applicants with a strong portfolio and professional industry experience will be considered.
If English is your second language you should have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with 5.5 in each element.
This well-established Masters is the world-leading course in audio production, highly regarded both nationally and internationally. It is accredited by the leading industry bodies, including APRS, and is the JAMES National Regional Centre – London, an Apple-accredited training centre and a Skillset Media Academy. The course is designed to meet and exceed professional standards, and will enable you to reach the highest level in the creative use of audio, and explore how creative ideas and new technologies can be combined, enhanced and redefined.
As the major media education site in Europe, the University's Harrow Campus includes 14 professional recording studios (three surround studios), a new teaching recording studio, Music Lab and an array of TV, post-production, radio, film and multimedia facilities built and equipped to the highest standards.
This innovative course develops your creative abilities in audio across music production, sound design, radio, TV, film and multimedia, all supported by a robust understanding of the technologies involved. You will be able to explore and expand as a creative artist while achieving control and experience of a professional audio environment.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Applied Innovation and Interactive Design
This module will introduce you to associated programming packages for multimedia applications. You will explore the innovative interface design techniques, and work on developing sound design for interactive media, including small apps and computer games.
Audio Visual Production and Cultural Theory
Focusing on the creative applications of technology, theories and professional production practices, this module will develop into a study brief incorporating the construction of a radio drama, radio programme, film trailer assembly and surround mix. It will also include a substantial piece of sound-to-picture work, including location recording, music and audio post for film and broadcast media.
Entrepreneurship and Project Management for Creative Industries
This module facilitates learning of the key skills in creative industries business, entrepreneurship and project management. You are given the opportunity to develop their business ideas from concept to completion through the production of digital media outlets whilst using PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environment) methodology.
The Audio Production Project is your opportunity to negotiate a large-scale, self-determined, original and inventive project, based upon several areas explored in the taught stage of the course.
Music Production and Musicology
This module will develop your professional practice of the creative industries through in-depth understanding of both practical and theoretical aspects of music recording and production processes, including mixing, remixing and mastering in stereo and surround.
Synthesis and Sound Design for Animation
You will examine in detail the digital manipulation of audio data, location recording and Foley, the creation of sound libraries, and sound design for animation, enabling you to produce work to industry standards.
Possible careers include music producer, audio and audio visual post-production specialist, ADR, audio and audio visual producer, composer, education, Foley artist, interactive audio design teams, location sound specialist, programmer, radio and sound engineer.
Matej has extensive academic and professional experience in several media disciplines, and his credits include Absolute Beginners Series (director, producer), Eastern Biological's mixed media performance The Sound (composer, director, performer), The Captive (music and sound design). In addition to leading Audio Visual Production, Sound Design for Animation and Audio Production Project on the Audio Production MA, Matej also leads Documentary Film and Contemporary World Cinema modules on the Film & TV MA, and lectures Narrative Forms on the Screenwriting and Producing MA course. He participates at national and international conferences, and in his research investigates the impact of sound and music on structure and the perception of the visual narrative. He is currently working on development of a large-scale interactive audio installation project for various sites around London.
Visit Matej Dimlic's profile page.
SENIOR LECTURER IN MUSIC
Mike is teaching Music Production, Audio Synthesis, and Music Technology for Live Performance, across the MA Audio Production, BA Commercial Music and BMus Commercial Music Performance courses, whilst holding an External Examiner position for the University of Wales. He also represented his country of origin in 2011's Eurovision Song Contest, securing 7th place. His recording work as Stereo Mike currently spans three critically acclaimed personal albums, while he independently produces new and established acts for labels such as Sony Music, Universal and Warner. As an artist, Mike has had five VMA nominations for Best Hip-Hop Video (2006/2008/2009), Best Video of the Year (2008) and Best Male Artist (2009), and in 2008 he was nominated for MTV Europe's Favourite Act. When he is not producing records or performing live, he composes avant-garde electronica and electro-acoustic pieces. In his PhD research entitled: "Sound Art and the Image", (Sonic Arts Centre, Middlesex University), Mike explores the relationship between sonic and visual content towards a compositional methodology for the sonic artist working with visual media. He has also worked as an Apple Distinguished Professional and is currently a Logic Pro Certified Trainer. His publications have included articles for Sound On Sound and, this year, he has been invited to perform at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music, Film and Interactive festival.
Visit Mike Exarchos's profile page.
Savraj teaches across the range of courses in Faculties of Media, Arts & Design and Science and Technology. He has extensive academic and professional expertise in interactive multimedia and is working internationally on developing of branding and USPs for enterprises through the use of technology, sound and interactive media. Savraj is an active contributor to a series of monthly publications, a beta tester for Adobe, and an Apple certified Developer. Savraj works alongside the audio industry in developing new media and engaging interactive media rich applications, from mobile apps, e-driven games to Multimedia Web Apps. Clients include Channel 4, BBC, RWP Ron Winter Productions, Deathrow Records, DJ Luck & MC Neat, So Solid Crew, EMI France and Jonathan Ross. He is currently working on development of a series of sound driven applications within the entertainment and educational sector in close consultation with Apple.
Additional costs information
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The First of its kind in the UK, MA Audio Production is the world-leading course in audio production, highly regarded both nationally and internationally and accredited by the leading industry bodies. Course reputation is best reflected in the continuing success of its graduates who successfully meet and exceed professional industry standards, repeatedly reaching the highest level of creative use of audio in music and audiovisual production, enhancing and redefining existing industry practice.
Graduates succeed in wide range of audio and audio related careers, working as music producers, executive producers, sound designers, location recordists, Foley artists, programmers, ADR, audio, audio-visual post-production for radio, TV, film and interactive media specialists, composers, educators, recording artists and sound engineers.
The MA Audio Production continues to work right across the media industry, nationally and internationally.
Below are only few examples from our long history of alumni success:
- Nick Howes, European Development Manager, Yamaha
- Sam Sutton, Composer and Company Director, Soundbite Music
- Alex Sidiropoulos Foley Artist/Editor, Elizabeth I, TV Drama Series
- Anna Schulte A&R, Mute Records
- Harash Patel Sound Recording and Audio Post., Features: The Merchant of Venice, Goodbye to the Normals, Ladies in Lavender, Tug
- Jin Suk Choi, Composer Producer, Lecturer at Seoul University
- Owen Thomas, 2xBAFTA Award Winner, Best TV Sound
- Sam Miller, Recording Engineer, Olympic Studios
- Owain Rich, Studio Manager, BBC World Service Radio 5 Live
- Belle Adkins, Producer, Granada TV
- Julian Cox Composer, Wifeswap, Faking it, Location, Location, Location, Masters and Servants
- Owen Rich, Studio Manager, BBC World Service Radio 5 Live
- Edwin Pfanzagi-Cardone, Tonmister Salzburg, Festival Hall
- Joanna Orland, Sound Designer Criterion/ EA games, Winner Best Sound Design 2005
- Ben Medcalf, AKA The Rogue Element, Winner Best Dance Producer 2007
- Sara-Beth West, Producer for John Landecker, 94.7FM Chicago’s WZZN
- David Greaves, Operations Manager, Disney International, Pinewood/Shepperton Studios
- Marcelo Nahuz-D’oliveira, Audio Research and Development, Apple Macintosh UK, Portugal
- Ainhoa Acosta Creative Executive, BBC Global News
- Mike Exarchos, Recording Artist, EMI Senior Lecturer UOW
- Kahra Scott-James, Post production Studios, Auckland, New Zealand
- Zhe Whu, Post Production Sound, Shanghai Film Studios
- Ben And Julien Monie, Post-production London Company, Directors JBM, Dubai Entertainments Group
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"I grew up surrounded by professional musicians that gave me the opportunity to study different instruments. After choosing guitar as my main instrument and exploring a multi effect processor I realized that “Crafting Sound” was my passion. Having started by recording myself and other garage bands I got the opportunity to move to London and quickly got involved with bands like LadyHawke and Franz Ferdinand. Due to my Pro Tools skills I was called to an ADR recording session with Ian Hart. Since then I’ve been divided between Music and Film. In 2011 I started freelancing at Pinewood Group as a Sound Editor, working with clients like Sony, Paramount, Marvel and Disney."
Graduate, Martim Crawford
Comments by our recent graduates
Hey Matej! How are you? How's the Uni? Well, I'm back in Colombia and I'm doing great! I'm producing 2 albums of important artists here, doing more documentary music for the Discovery Channel and I'm also teaching Advanced Mixing Techniques in Studio Atico, which is part of the Javeriana University. It's a new studio built by John Storyk and it's the second biggest in all Latin America! Once again, thank you for such an amazing year and educational experience!!
Juan Salazar, MA Audio graduate 2010/11, Colombia
Dear Matej, How are you? Hope this finds you well :) Whenever I send you an email from time to time, it feels like it's been ages since I left Westminster. Although it's been only 3 months since this year started, it seems that there are many things going on in Seoul. I have finally getting good attentions at DAUM, one of the largest portal sites in Korea. It's still surreal to have my book released, but has been such a fulfilling experience. At the moment, I finished production for my upcoming album, which will be released via Universal Music Korea and am invited to perform in World DJ Festival, one of the largest music festivals in Korea. I am not sure if you have watched Flashmob with Black Eyed Peas' track 'I gotta feeling', but I was proposed to do flashmob with 200 or more World DJ Festival Crews. There will be few more guerrilla street performances in Seoul before WDF and this will be done during my performance in WDF as well - very excited :) Apart from professional works, I am In the transition of my career as academic and am thinking to submit to professor position in tenure track for one of the top universities in Seoul.
Jin Suk Choi, MA Audio graduate 2007/8, South Korea
Hi Matej, It was great to see you and Mike at the graduation ceremony, none of us could have made it without you both and I am especially grateful for the support you gave me during what was a difficult summer (but ended triumphantly regarding the course). Thanks to all of you for your help, understanding and wise/inspiring words. This didn't kill me so I'm sure it's made me stronger!
Ian Roulllier, MA Audio graduate 2011/12, UK