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Performance Sound (Live Design and Engineering), B.A.

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Rapidly evolving technologies and changing audience expectations have greatly expanded the role of sound in performance, resulting in a growing demand for skilled and imaginative audio specialists. We will equip you with the creative, technical and organisational skills to be competitive in this fascinating area of the creative industries.

Why choose this course?

  • Join a comprehensive programme covering sound design and engineering for live events and performances, including; show control and networking systems, mixing and recording techniques, the creative use of sound in a range of performance genres. 
  • Benefit from our extensive network of industry leaders and specialist technical companies through industry placements and our team of visiting professionals. 
  • Explore techniques used across live music, theatre events and corporate events.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      There is the opportunity for international students to study this programme as part of a semester or year abroad.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to studio techniques – microphones, recording, mixing
  • Introduction to live audio techniques
  • Sound in performance – the role of sound in live performance
  • Creating sound installations in different spaces
  • Research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry
  • Sound for theatre – designing, operating and managing
  • Production practice: a role as sound designer/operator on a live production
  • Sound automation and interaction – interactive control systems for performance and installation
  • Live sound production – audio for live music


  • Rachel Nicholson, Programme Director

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is 96 UCAS Tariff Points. However, we strongly believe that everyone should have an opportunity to consider higher education and therefore encourage applicants from diverse educational backgrounds. Qualification at 'A' level or equivalent is therefore only one of our measures we also attach great importance to the interview and audition process.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17270 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17270 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Sidcup

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


For this course International Students (non UK/EU) are eligible for a bursary of £2,000.

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