To sustain your career in the sound industry, being a multi-skilled practitioner is a necessity. So, whether you see your future in recorded sound, live sound or postproduction, we help you develop skills in all of these areas.
We also equip you to be adaptable and teach you in such a way that you understand why you are doing things, as well as what to do. It is only by having this strong theoretical base, allied to practice, that you can ensure that you can adapt to technical change as it happens.
Finally, although driven by technology, the industry is about working with people – without them, the technical tools have no value. We provide the environment, the people and the tools to learn all these things.
You also have 24/7 access to our studios during term-time.
Average places available: Up to 30 each year
We are proud of our graduate employment record. Sound Technology graduates are working in live sound and theatre sound design, recording studio engineering and production, audio systems design, radio production, sound for film and television and computer game audio. In addition, many of our graduates have set up their own successful companies in these areas.
Each year we conduct a survey of our alumni who graduated almost four years earlier to find out what they did after leaving us. You can see the results of the latest survey by clicking on the factsheet image.
We also take part in the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey to find out what our graduates are doing six months after they left us. The results are published on Unistats and you can see summary statistics in the Key Information Sets box at the bottom of this page.
Our Music and Sound Technology graduates have also gone on to work alongside many world famous musicians: this may be as backing singers, instrumentalists (e.g., drummers, guitarists and keyboard players), songwriters, support groups or as their sound engineers in the case of Sound Technology graduates (working on their albums in studios or on their live sound on tour). The list of artists they have worked with covers just about every style of music and includes Beyoncé, AC/DC, Alexandra Burke, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Death Cab for Cutie, Eliza Doolittle, Florence and the Machine, Guns N’ Roses, Lady Gaga, Jools Holland, KD Lang, Madonna, John Martyn, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Muse, Roll Deep, Britney Spears, Take That and KT Tunstall, to name but a few.
As well as working in recording studios or in live sound with bands, Sound Technology graduates also go on to work in postproduction sound for film and TV. One of our graduates has worked in sound editing on a number of the Harry Potter films, another is at Air Studios (London) and has worked on the soundtracks for such films as Inception, Black Swan and Sherlock Holmes. Others are pursuing careers in sound in the theatre – such as Theatre Sound Operator on Oliver! the Musical and Phantom of the Opera for Sir Cameron Mackintosh. One graduate is First Sound Technician with the RSC. Still others are carving out successful careers as game audio specialists for companies such as Codemasters and Electronic Arts.
Key Information Set
The Key Information Set (KIS) below provides prospective students with facts and figures about studying at LIPA, which are comparable with other institutions.
As part of the Higher Education Funding Council’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education, the KIS includes information such as:
- Course professional accreditation
- Assessment methods
- Learning and teaching activities
- Tuition fees
- Accommodation availability and cost
- Student satisfaction (National Student Survey)
- Post study employment prospects (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education)
This information is summarised in the “widget” (below). The widget also contains links to the Unistats website that enables you to compare KIS data with other courses.
Please remember to read these facts and figures in conjunction with the other information on the LIPA website to give you the fullest possible insight to studying here.