City College Plymouth

FdA Live Sound

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CITY1007 Acoustics and Sound Analysis

      In this module students will study the mathematics and physics of sound as applied directly to practical scenarios in Live Sound engineering.

    • CITY1034B Professional Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • CITY1066 Loudspeaker Design and Specification

      In this module learners will develop a good understanding of the functions and specifications of loudspeakers components and the various formats of loudspeaker type in current Live Sound practice and the history of their development

    • CITY1067 Sound Sources and Mixing Technology

      In this module learners will make use of a workplace environment to examine the start of the signal chain in the live sound environment

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CITY1069 Analogue Live Sound Production

      This module brings together all the experience of the learner into participation in an analogue based live sound event

    • CITY1076 Sound Optimisation

      In this module learners will approach the task of uniting all the features of a complex live sound setup to optimise the sound of the mix.

    • CITY2004 Digital Live Sound: Principles and Operation

      Learners will study current and emerging digital technologies and will look especially at the operation of digital live sound desks and multiple channel digital audio systems.

    • CITY2066 Modern Loudspeaker Systems

      In this module learners will examine the capabilities, requirements and limitations of different current loudspeaker systems and will gain an understanding of networked audio control and the importance of software applications in successful setup and operation

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CITY2006 Critical Listening Skills and Psychology of Live Sound

      In this contextual module learners will study the nature of live sound when used for different applications and the relevance of critical listening skills and psychology.

    • CITY2009 Research Skills

      This module enables students to identify a range of different research methods, processes and considerations which are central in conducting a research project in their academic or professional discipline.

    • CITY2067 Digital Live Sound Production

      This module brings together all the experience of the learner into participation in a large scale live event using current digital technology

    • CITY2068 Live Sound Sector

      Learners will look at the common job roles associated with the live sound industry sector, key organisations and study typical interactions and conflicts between different job roles and interests

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

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Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

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