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Hi, I’ve been looking at many different unis for music tech, sound engineering and live sound production, and I’m still unsure about which ones are the best ones.
My main interest is in live sound, however I still enjoy other aspects, and I would be more than happy to do anything with psychoacoustics, coding, making of plugins, mixing and music industry studies (a bit of music business).
I’m also very keen on as much availability of studios and venues to work at - so, many studios available 24/7 and an on site live music venue.
I’m doing a-levels right now (maths, music technology, psychology and photography, also I’ve got a polish one).
It would be nice to have it nearer the south part of the uk, however I won’t be very picky about this.
Also, I’ve looked at unis like Huddersfield, Kent, Surrey, UWE, SAE, DBS, LIPA and many others.

What would you all recommend?
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Surrey is brill! I've applied for the standard BMus course, but students between the 3 music courses collaborate all the time on projects. For me, the uni has been the most welcoming and seems the best place to promote contemporary music studies/electronics work.
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Surrey is supposed to be one of the best (but competitive) for the sound engineering side of things.
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The general consensus is that Surrey’s Music and Sound Recording (MaSR / Tonmeister) course is the best Sound Tech course in the UK, followed closely by LIPA. They’re both competitive in terms of trying to get a place. I’d also maybe suggest checking out the Uni of York’s MaSR course as I believe it includes a lot of coding / plugin making / maths.

Surrey require A levels in Maths, Music and Physics however and want them at a high standard - and as of 2019 entry, if you don’t have any of these, you have to sit an A2 level Maths and Physics entrance exam, and potentially a Music Theory exam (can’t remember if this was the case) as well as obviously having an interview.

LIPA has a 30 minute exam-style question paper included in the interview, but it’s certainly much easier than the Surrey’s.

This is my personal opinion and experience, but I’ve heard a LOT of negativity about SAE and other “pay to play” specialist schools, and would definitely avoid if you’re good enough for other courses.
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(Original post by jessye80)
Surrey is brill! I've applied for the standard BMus course, but students between the 3 music courses collaborate all the time on projects. For me, the uni has been the most welcoming and seems the best place to promote contemporary music studies/electronics work.
(Original post by welcometotherock)
Surrey is supposed to be one of the best (but competitive) for the sound engineering side of things.
(Original post by 0hm)
The general consensus is that Surrey’s Music and Sound Recording (MaSR / Tonmeister) course is the best Sound Tech course in the UK, followed closely by LIPA. They’re both competitive in terms of trying to get a place. I’d also maybe suggest checking out the Uni of York’s MaSR course as I believe it includes a lot of coding / plugin making / maths.

Surrey require A levels in Maths, Music and Physics however and want them at a high standard - and as of 2019 entry, if you don’t have any of these, you have to sit an A2 level Maths and Physics entrance exam, and potentially a Music Theory exam (can’t remember if this was the case) as well as obviously having an interview.

LIPA has a 30 minute exam-style question paper included in the interview, but it’s certainly much easier than the Surrey’s.

This is my personal opinion and experience, but I’ve heard a LOT of negativity about SAE and other “pay to play” specialist schools, and would definitely avoid if you’re good enough for other courses.
Thanks guys,
i have been to open days and I’ll probably stick to UWE, as it’s the closest and I like it quite a lot. Surrey would be good, however I don’t have a physics a-level, which might be a struggle for me. also I’ve looked at LIPA, but again, it’s far away and UWE does the job.
Thank you very much for help!
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Hi Alex,

Looking at your interests which span both the technical and creative, I’d recommend taking a look at “Music Technology and Audio Systems” at the University of Huddersfield. The course has a broad collection of modules spanning all aspects of subject area. The entry requirements are 120 UCAS points but will consider any STEM subject (including Music Technology) as its technical requirement.

Regards,

Steve.

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i have been to open days and I’ll probably stick to UWE, as it’s the closest and I like it quite a lot. Surrey would be good, however I don’t have a physics a-level, which might be a struggle for me. also I’ve looked at LIPA, but again, it’s far away and UWE does the job.
Thank you
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Hi Alex,

Looking at your interests which span both the technical and creative, I’d recommend taking a look at “Music Technology and Audio Systems” at the University of Huddersfield. The course has a broad collection of modules spanning all aspects of subject area. The entry requirements are 120 UCAS points but will consider any STEM subject (including Music Technology) as its technical requirement.

Regards,

Steve.
Thank you for your reply!
Huddersfield looked amazing when looking at their website, and after the open day I am sure that I want to apply for this particular course you said about. I think this will be the best choice, although UWE is my backup one.
Thank you,
Alex
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