BSc (Hons) Sound and Live Event Production

Accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Sound and Live Event Production degree 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. Throughout the Sound and Live Event Production course, 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 the live event course, from practical sessions on campus in The Cube and the Atrium facilities in Cardiff, 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. You can also become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (additional costs apply). Follow us on Facebook.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
JP92 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
JP92 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

On this course in Sound and Live Event Production, 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. You can also become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (additional costs apply). 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.

Year One: Sound and Live Event Production Degree

  • 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 Degree

  • 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: Sound and Live Event Production Degree

  • 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 cost applies).

Teaching

The BSc (Hons) Sound and Live Event Production course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Teaching often takes place in television studios and other creative spaces including our dedicated multipurpose facility 'The Cube' which is used to undertake practical exercises. As well as the teaching on campus, there are field trips and backstage tours, including to the West End and BBC. You will also benefit from our links with industry through regular lectures from high-profile guest speakers.

Accreditations

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has accredited this Sound and Live Event Production course and it meets the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Placements

We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their Sound and Live Event Production degree. 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 industry. Many of the industry’s leading companies donate or loan equipment, give guest lectures and demonstrations, or invite us to their headquarters 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; Whitelight and Zero88 (Cooper Controls).

Field Trips

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

There may be additional costs associated with this course

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. 

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

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.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject. (This is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in a numerate subject eg (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography) (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

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.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • 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.

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

Throughout the Live Event course you will develop the key skills involved in rigging for theatre, festivals and events, adding to your employability. Mixing theory and practice, the Sound and Live Event Production degree will ensure you are well prepared for a technical career in live entertainment, broadcasting, live performance, event management, with production companies or to conduct 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. Demand for graduates from USW's live event course is likely to increase.