BSc (Hons) Sound and Live Event Production (Including Foundation Year)

Our foundation course in Sound and Live Event Production allows you to build up the knowledge and confidence to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Sound and Live Event Production degree, and to the lighting and live event industry.

The Sound and Live Event Production course will give you the technical skills to transform live performances into events. You'll study live sound, video, rigging and lighting technology for use in all kinds of venues, from theatre, concerts and festivals, to TV, themed attractions and corporate events.

There is a balance of theoretical and practical applications of technology, so you'll learn how to work with artistic colleagues to find creative solutions to the practical challenges of staging live events.

We regularly get involved in all kinds of events, from pop-up castle cinemas to live sports broadcasts. This mix of theory and practice will prepare you for a career in entertainment, broadcasting, touring logistics, technical production companies, and technical sales.

There are plenty of opportunities to use what you learn on this course, from practical sessions on campus in The Cube, to work placements, attending events and field visits. With a vibrant live music industry in the UK, local TV and film, and a wide range of major sporting and corporate events, you can develop skills to boost your employability in these areas.

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UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
JP9F Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
JP9F Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

You'll cover the fundamentals of sound, lighting and electrical technology, alongside key aspects of rigging and installation design. You'll also explore video technology and issues around networks, business concepts and planning. During your final year, you'll undertake a major group project to develop an industry-standard product. This will allow you to build additional skills such as creative problem solving and effective communication that are highly valued by employers. You also can become qualified to the IET's 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (additional costs apply).

Foundation Year: Sound and Live Event Production

  • Foundation Calculus - 10 credits
  • Foundations of Mathematics - 20 credits
  • Understanding Signals - 10 credits
  • Introduction to Sound and Live Event Production - 10 credits
  • Introduction to Renewable Energy - 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Embedded Systems - 10 credits
  • Study Skills for Engineers - 10 credits
  • Electrical Science - 20 credits
  • Foundation Integrative Group Project - 20 credits

Year One: Sound and Live Event Production

  • Live Sound Technology 1 - 20 credits
  • Electrical Principles and Design - 20 credits
  • Introduction to Lighting Design and Technology - 20 credits
  • Concept Design and Video Technology - 20 credits
  • Business and Event Safety - 20 credits
  • Electronics 1 - 20 credits

Year Two: Sound and Live Event Production

  • Video Systems Technology - 20 credits
  • Live Sound Technology II - 20 credits
  • Flying and Rigging Design - 20 credits
  • Entertainment Lighting Design - 20 credits
  • Power Systems Verification - 20 credits
  • Lighting Control and Network Technology - 20 credits

Year Three: ound and Live Event Production

  • Group Project - 40 credits
  • Live Sound Technology III - 20 credits
  • Video Applications Technology - 20 credits
  • Lighting Practice - 20 credits
  • Professional Preparation - 20 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits

As part of our Sound and Live Event Production course you also have the opportunity to become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations to add to your employability (additional costs apply).

Teaching

The Sound and Live Event Production degree is delivered in lectures, workshops and laboratories, as well as television studios and other creative spaces. Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest industry insights and advances.

Assessment

Assessment involves a mixture of assignments, coursework, presentations and class tests throughout the year, with exams for some modules.

Placements

We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their degree in Sound and Live Event Production. On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate.

We have exceptionally close ties with the live event industry. Many of the industry’s leading companies donate or loan equipment, give guest lectures and demonstrations, or invite us to their head quarters to look around and meet their staff. These include: 11th Hour Events AC Entertainment Technologies; BBC Wales and Northern Ireland; Enlightened LX; Green Hippo; Just FX Pyrotechnics; PRG/XLVideo; Southwest Group; Stage Sound Services; SSE Audio Group; Hawthorn; Wales Millennium Centre.

Lecturers

Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest industry insights and advances.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

N/A

Typical A-Level Offer

EE

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (uniform and equipment £15 - £35
You'll have the option to buy branded clothing such as tee-shirts, hoodies and jackets.
Additional courses £100
Pyrotechnics course may be offered.
Field trips £480 - £550
Two-day field trip to Robe's head quarters in the Czech Republic may be offered.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please register and apply directly.

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.

Admissions statement

The Sound and Live Event Production degree mixes theory and practice so you will be well prepared for a career in live entertainment; broadcasting; live performance; event management; production companies and freelance work. The latest research shows that unless the industry can recruit 30,000 new technical staff over the next decade, theatre and live music employers will face a shortage of trained technicians, including lighting directors, sound consultants, designers and broadcast experts.