Diploma in Audio Engineering and Production

Essential Information

Futureworks is one of the world’s top audio engineering schools. Whether you’re looking to pursue a career in live sound engineering or audio production, we can equip you with the skills you need to excel in this industry.

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Course Overview

Our Diploma in Audio Engineering & Production focuses on subjects that support and develop skills in three key areas - music production, game audio and sound for film & TV. This course aims to create graduates who have the disciplines to work in many sectors of the industry, whether you are designing the sound for the next video game release, hit record or blockbuster film.

Teaching takes place in our state of the art facilities, using software and equipment found in the best recording studios worldwide. You’ll spend a large amount of time learning by working in our state-of-the-art facilities, using a range of industry-standard hardware and software across 7 recording studios, workstation labs and edit suites stocked with industry names such as Neve, SSL, Icon, Neumann, AKG, Urei and many more

Our teaching staff is made up of industry professionals who understand what employers expect from graduates. They provide exclusive guest lectures and insights from their commercial experiences. Furthermore, you will be studying amongst video game makers, filmmakers, visual effects artists and more; so there are plenty of opportunities to collaborate on projects. Your best work could be signed to our in house record label ‘Futureworks Music’ and join the collection of successful artists who have already had their tracks released.

Upon graduation you will achieve not only a recognised degree qualification, but will also be equipped with a strong portfolio of production work focussed on gaining employment in your chosen career sector.

Key Features

• Gives you experience of professional life, while you study
• Highly practical, using commercial-specification studios and software
• Extensive hands on practical studio time
• Learn in the highest calibre audio facility found anywhere in Europe
• Developed in collaboration with industry employers
• Includes training in large format consoles - Neve, SSL & D-Control
• Embedded Pro Tools Certification to Operator level (101/110/201/210M)
• Collaborative projects with film, TV and animation students

Who is the Audio Engineering course for?

Year 1 starts from first principles, and requires no prior knowledge, so is suitable for beginners. Year 2 progresses your skills to advanced level, and is suitable for year 1 graduates, degree postgraduates, and those with relevant experience or education seeking to advance their knowledge.

Are there any pre-requisites?

Year 1: No formal qualifications are required as the course assumes no previous experience of the subject.
Year 2: We accept direct entry onto year 2, providing you have relevant experience or education that can be demonstrated with a portfolio at interview. Year 1 graduates are automatically accepted onto year 2.

When will I study?

2 x 3 hour lectures per week plus practical time, which can be booked to suit your availability.

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Detailed Description

Term 1

Provides you with the essential tools of the trade, including sound recording, engineering and studio techniques. You begin your training in Pro Tools and are introduced to your first two studios.  
Topics Covered: analogue & digital fundamentals; introduction to the Pro Tools DAW; Pro Tools 101; microphones , dynamic controllers, EQ; analogue & digitally controlled console training (Toft ATB24 & Digidesign Icon - D-Command).

Term 2

Builds on the essential tools and develops your technical skills in a more creative direction.
Topics Covered: studio effects & processes; studio session management, recording engineer workflow, group recording sessions across 4 studios; Pro Tools 110. You are introduced to the next level of studios (SSL & Icon 5.1). Project: recording session.

Term 3

Applies the skills you have developed so far. You will be introduced to working in both stereo and surround formats. You will be able to create, engineer, mix and deliver a project in the latest consumer formats.
Topics Covered: working in surround; synchronisation; introduction to sound design; console training (SSL AWS900+ & D-Command 5.1). Project: music creation delivered in stereo and surround formats.

Term 4

Begins with an introduction to our high level music production and post production facilities (Neve & Icon D-Control). Our advanced-level tutors guide you through the world of studio production taking in mixing and mastering, culminating in a year 2 major music album production and mastering project.
Topics Covered: mixing, mastering, sound design, analogue recording, Pro Tools 201; large format consoles (Neve VR Legend & Digidesign D-Control)

Term 5

Leads you through the workflows and industry practices of  film production & post production sound, expanding into  interactive content with game sound design and implementation assessed by a game sound design project. At this level collaborative working practices are essential – specialist tutors guide us through the AVID and Final Cut video editing environments. A second year 2 major project - 'Mix a Film' - will be completed.
Topics Covered: Mixing for TV & Film; practical analogue recording; system installation; amplifiers and speakers; AVID; Final Cut Pro; sound for video games.

Term 6

Completes your Pro Tools training with official certification level 210. Film mix, album project and game project are all subject to tutorial guidance and are submitted across this section of the course.
Topics Covered: Studio production, Mixing for Film &TV; audio for games; final show-reel projects.

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Which facilities will I have access to?

You will be taught in our purpose-built Audio Classroom, (with your own fully-loaded iMac workstation , Yamaha mixer and Digidesign Command 8). Practical time takes place in the following studios: Toft ATB24, D-Command Music, SSL AWS900, Camera studio, D-Command 5.1 AV Post Production Suite, D-Control Dubbing Theatre and Neve VRL60.
When its time to wind down, you can relax in the Futureworks lounge, or one of the many local bars and cafés.

How will I be taught?

A mix of informative lectures and workshops combined with both guided and independent practical activity. There is a major focus on practical projects, many of which are run collaboratively with students on other courses such as TV and Film Production, and are based around "live" briefs. In addition, students are invited to participate in any commercial sessions held at Futureworks. The tuition is enhanced by regular guest lectures from industry experts. Embedded within the course is the official Pro Tools training programme, up to Operator level, Avid training and Apple training. All course materials are included in the fees.

Who will I be taught by?

All Futureworks tutors are experienced professionals. As well as your main tutors, you will have regular lectures and workshops from carefully chosen visiting tutors with specialisms in certain techniques.

How am I assessed?

Assessment comprises a series of real-world projects, which are marked according to industry specifications, and mapped to Skillset National Occupational Standards. Apple, Avid and Digidesign Certification is assessed by online examination.

What qualifications will I receive?

Successful graduates will achieve Futureworks Audio Engineering Certificate (1 year) or Diploma (2 years), as well as 'Pro Tools Operator' certification. You will also leave with an impressive Showreel, finished to commercial standard, which will showcase a wide range of audio techniques.

How do I apply?

Just click the button below for all the information on the application process.

What are my payment options?

Course Fees are £9125. You can pay in a single payment or by monthly installments of £365.

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Our Sound Engineering and Music Production Courses:

Diploma Courses

  • Audio Engineering & Production
  • Game Audio
  • Degree Courses

  • BSc (Hons) Game and Interactive Audio
  • BA (Hons) Music Production
  • BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering & Production
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