Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £12,500 *
International Fees £14,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

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.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Modules

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

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.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical offer

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.

More information

Careers

My masters was something very,very important to me.

Ainhoa Costa, Creative Executive, BBC Global News

 

 

Below is a selection of quotes from former students on the course:

"When it comes to studying for your career, I don't think you can be too narrow in your outlook these days. My job is very varied, I'm part of a team that works across all of the BBC radio studios, and gets involved in everything from Glastonbury to the Proms. My Masters was something very, very important to me. Before I started, I was set on what I wanted to do, but the course opened up a lot of other options for me. And you are treated very professionally on the course, almost like a client, but you have to be prepared to work hard."  - Ainhoa Costa, Creative Executive, BBC Global News

"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 realised 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." - Martim Crawford, UK

"I'm back in Colombia and I'm doing great! I'm producing two 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, Colombia

"...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, UK

We're proud of our high-achieving former students who hold influential positions across the music industry. Our graduates are engineers, producers, managers, musicians and award-winners.

A selection of our graduates and their careers is below.

  • Sam Miller - Recording engineer, Olympic Studios
  • Owen Thomas - 2 x BAFTA Award Winner, Best Television Sound
  • Nick Howes - European Product Development Manager, Yamaha
  • Ben and Julien Monie - Managing directors, JBM Post-production facilities house London, Company Directors Dubai-based entertainments group, JBM
  • Yan-Gilbert-Miguet - Manager, Gear box Hire support company, Contributor Sound on Sound Magazine, Audio media Magazine
  • Shane O'Neil - Best Director' Kodak Music Promo Academy 2004
  • Gabriele Nicotra - Resident sound engineer at the main concert hall, Barbican Centre
  • Mike Exarchos - Recording artist for Warner Brothers/Lecturer at University of Westminster
  • Jon Pike - Digital Operations Manager
  • Belle Adkins - TV producer, Granada TV
  • Dan Hulme - House engineer, Strongroom
  • Julian Cox - Composer on Wifeswap, Faking It, Location, location, location, Masters & Servants
  • Monika Taenzer - Production Director, In-flight entertainments, Lufthansa
  • Sam Sutton - Composer and company director, Soundbitemusic
  • Joanna Orland - Music and Sound design, Criterion Games (EA)
  • Sachiko Toszawa - House Engineer, Entirely Sound
  • Matt Gendreau - Programmer and engineer, Mute Records, Arthur Baker
  • James Thompson - Sound Designer, Yamaha Research and Development
  • Steve Hurst - Studio Director at BBC News
  • Zhe Whu - Post Production sound,  Shanghai Film Studios
  • Anna Schulte - A&R, Mute records
  • Anne Carruthers - Engineer, Mute records
  • David Greaves - Operations Manager at Orson Welles film post-production facility 
  • Gillian Wood - House engineer, Royal College of Music
  • Daniele Carmosino - Composer for Quietplease media company
  • Owain Rich - Studio Manager BBC World Service Radio 5 Live
  • Ben Walker - Composer sound designer BBC light entertainment
  • Lisa Eriksson - Audio engineer and producer for KPFK Radio Los Angeles 90.7 FM. Currently at "Air Talk with Larry Mantel" on KPCC National Public Radio
  • Jin Suk Choi -Professor at the Department of Applied Music of SCAU, (Seoul Culture Art University), Recording Artist, Producer, Remixer, (Aoom Productions/ Entium Entertainment, Sony BMG Masterworks), Installation Art exhibition sound design at Seoul Design Olympic 2008, Composer for KIA Motors TV Commercials
  • Ana Maria Salazar - Sound Operator and Recordist at Sky Broadcast TV
  • Alaine Wingrove - Licensing Executive for Ministry of Sound (Compilations and Sync)
  • Amy Sampson - manages Jimmy Somerville at Solar
  • Asif Gillani - has new Fusing Naked album on iTunes
  • Ben Cullum - co-producing with brother Jamie Cullum, and composer for Nintendo has worked on three major recent titles
  • Bryn Ballard - working in computer games music
  • Charlotte and Stephanie Walker - backing vocals for Duff
  • Cherry De Lacey - Events Manager, Knebworth House
  • Chris Banks - keyboards for Busted! and media composer
  • Chris Thompson - CEO Emusu, also DA Recordings
  • Craig Penney- marketing at Mute
  • Crispin Parry - GM, British Underground, advisor to the BPI
  • Dave Wallace - Artist Manager, Wildlife Entertainment
  • Dave Wallace - booking agent, Primary Talent
  • Deaf Stereo - dance/rock act
  • Debbie Williams - owner and MD of More Music
  • Debbie Wiseman - media composer, Stephen Fry in America
  • Emma Mihill - project manager at Westminster Kingsway College
  • Gunther Walker - runs Solar Management, clients include Zero 7, Jimmy Somerville, Nigel Godrich, Idjut Boys
  • Hayley Connelly - Mercenary PR, Fightstar, Metallica, Jamie Cullum
  • Hiten Thakrar - Rollingsound music/media outreach
  • Ike Onuorah - HE lecturer, Urban Soul Orch to Electric Prom
  • Jack Horne - co-founder, Frukt
  • James Grant and Paavo Siljamaaki - Above & Beyond, trance duo, MD's Anjuna Beats label
  • James Milner - Cornershop bassist
  • Jan Ozveren -guitar for Roisin Murphy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Nitin Sawnhey
  • Jane Abernethy - 4AD Digital Archivist
  • Jane Abernethy - A&R and Product Management 4AD, The Beggars Group
  • Jason Miller - freelance creative for Sony BM
  • Jennifer Moore - vocalist for Oi Va Vo
  • Jennifer O'Kane - Universal
  • Jess Reynolds - Sanctuary, responsible for Trojan Records
  • Joel Harrison - HE lecturer in music biz, ex-Island A&R manager
  • Juan Ayala - working as songwriter with Phil Thornalley who wrote Natalie Imbruglia's Torn, produced Love Cats, and played with The Cure
  • Karen Ramirez - No. 8 single in 1997, Didn't know I was looking for love EBTG cover
  • Katie Carr - singer/songwriter
  • Kevin Mark Trail - vocalist with The Streets and solo artist on EMI
  • Kim de Ruiter - head of mobile, Mercury/Universal
  • Layla Rutherford - digital music, Sanctuary
  • Liam Tarpey - music PR, Amazing Medi
  • Lisa Cullington - Creative Manager, BMG Right Management
  • Lisa Cullington - Sony/ATV publishing
  • Lisa Faichney - Amazing Media, PR for O2 and Isle of Wight Festival
  • Lisa Faichney - PR director, ld communications
  • Liz Collins - tour and London show manager and festival stage manager, Ninja Tunes, Big Chill
  • Louise Dolding - Handle Recruitment
  • Luke McGrellis - Head of A&R, Famous Music
  • Marcelo Nahuz-D'Oliveira - Audio Research & Development, Apple UK
  • Matt Gooderson - producing the new (3rd) Infidels album
  • Max Lawrie - Mo
  • Morgan Thomas - International Product Manager Roadrunner Records
  • Morgan Thomas - ex-Universal, EMI Publishing, MAMB
  • Nathan Taylor - music PR company, ex-EMI sync
  • Naval Shadi - DV8, education, music promotion, artist development
  • Owen Farrington - Independent
  • Owen Farrington - Online Campaign Producer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Owen Thomas - BAFTA Award Winner, Best Television Sound 2001
  • Pete Abbott - monitoring engineer for Athlete
  • Pete Huntington - current drummer with The Who
  • Petia Pavlova - Bulgarian pop star and television personality
  • Phil Catchpole - A&R at Chrysalis
  • Pure Reason Revolution - signed to Sony BMG in the US, whole band
  • Richard Beadle - musical director of Blood Brothers
  • Rob Diment & Luke Busby - Temposhark
  • Robert Harbron - folk session musician and label owner
  • Roland Radaelli - lecturer Bucks New University
  • Rosie Hartnell/Williamson - working as part of Tom Jones management team
  • Sally Johnson - recording artist
  • Sanj Surati - lecturer, performer
  • Simon Bennett - Rollingsound music/media outreach
  • Sophie Doel - manages Infadels
  • Stephanie Horak - ex-Warner Classics and Jazz artist
  • The Departure - David Jones is former student
  • Tim Ferrone - Product Manager, Universal Music International
  • Tom Bibby - working with Adrian Sherwood, produced and remixed Nine Inch Nails and others
  • Yemi Adeshina - Assistant Business Executive, Zoe Records
  • Yogesh Tulsiani - MySpace tie-up with Justin Timberlake, has been approached to work as a producer on Timberlake tracks

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Facilities

We offer fully equipped rehearsal rooms, state-of-the-art recording studios and a brand new live music venue. We aim to give our students first-hand experience of "real world" recording environments and to set them on their paths to successful music industry careers.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

Contact us

Call our dedicated team on:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

Opening hours (GMT): 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

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