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With our BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology degree, you’ll produce compelling audio projects by mastering the sciences that underlie the design and control of sound. You'll build a portfolio for a future-oriented career in the creative industries, including studio engineering, live sound, film, video games, broadcast, and acoustics.
Under the guidance of expert academics and industry-active practitioners, you'll spend time developing a broad, balanced skill set, and become proficient in the design and application of key technologies and specialist techniques.
We've been committed to equipping our graduates with such skills for more than 20 years, providing you with the technological edge to succeed in the creative industries.
Graduate with a degree approved by the industry. Our Audio & Music Technology course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support), a professional body established by the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and the Association of Professional Recording Studios (APRS). Made up of accomplished industry professionals and experts, the JAMES accreditors distinguish our course as being “highly relevant to current industry practice”.
Join our thriving community of graduates who engineer in studios, tour the world as live-sound production managers, work for companies such as Focusrite, PRISM Sound, Meyer Sound Laboratories, dCS Audio, Sharps Redmore Acoustic Consultants, Atkins, or become successful entrepreneurs, like Kerr Acoustic Ltd.
Make the most of Cambridge’s diverse music scene with our links to local networks, venues and groups such as Cambridge Arts Network, Cambridge Live, Cambridge Junction and Britten Sinfonia – from classical music to UK rap, and film to computer game soundtracks, there are plenty of opportunities to explore your style.
Take advantage of an optional work placement between years two and three, or internships with our industry partners and practitioners. Such opportunities are invaluable to gaining real-world experience and making those essential industry contacts. Our students have completed industry placements with companies such as Focusrite, Woodleyside IT, Sharps Redmore Acoustic Consultants, and Slovak TV.
Work in industry-standard recording studios and audio/video production facilities with support from our dedicated technical team. Develop your audio/music practice solving real-world problems and experiment with different areas and techniques as you immerse yourself in our industrious and collaborative student community across other music-related courses and our Cambridge School of Creative Industries.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research area was judged to be 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
Course Leader: Dr Sven-Amin Lembke
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Music Performance Showcase at the Six Six (photo: Aleks Rose)See more of our music students' work
Joseph was named winner of ARU’s Alumni Contribution to Culture Award 2023 after touring the world with internationally acclaimed artists as a tour / production manager and providing sound experiences for prestigious venues and events like the Mercury Awards and Glastonbury Festival.Find out more about Joseph’s win
AMT student Emma Brown was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award 2023 by acoustic consultants Sharps Redmore.
Find out which ARU music course best suits your interests and ambitions with this handy video guide from Dr Chanan Hanspal, Senior Lecturer in Music.
Build your skill set and portfolio using the latest studio equipment.
Try out different styles and techniques using industry-standard hardware and software.
Our expert lecturers and technicians are here to help you get the most from your course.
Technical Officer and Lecturer Mark talks about his work in the music industry and changing trends and attitudes in the music scene.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Mark Pickering
As part of your Audio & Music Technology studies at ARU, you’ll have access to specialist facilities including:
During your Audio and Music Technology studies, you’ll be able to take advantage of:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Alternatively, take a guided tour and meet our students.
Our Audio & Music Technology course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support). Their trained assessors and accreditation panel members are working professionals with extensive knowledge and experience of today’s music and audio industry - so you can be sure our course will give you all the relevant skills you need for a successful career.
Deputy Head of School
Technical Team Leader
Our Audio & Music Technology course equips you with a well-balanced, blended skill set to carry out audio/music production across a range of career paths. You'll benefit from a solid applied understanding of relevant sciences and technologies and use it to your best advantage.
Our past students now enjoy successful careers in the music industry and beyond – from recording and mixing engineers, front-of-house engineers for live-music events, audio specialists and acoustic consultants through to lecturers and technicians, the choice is yours.
Join the JAMES Graduate Database after completing the course to promote your skills and portfolio to potential employers.
Develop your skills further by getting involved in the vibrant, collaborative community of students across the Cambridge School of Creative Industries (CSCI), for example by joining the cross-disciplinary ARU CSCI Podcast team or our in-house recording label across the music-related courses.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
“Lecturers encourage and support cross-faculty communication so everyone can produce the best portfolio possible.”Clare
BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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