Thursday, 16 July 2020

NSS results

Bucks sound and music courses have been given a thumbs up by our students in the recent NSS 2020 survey.

The average score for overall satisfaction with the course was 94.6%. And BA Audio & Music Production scored an impressive 100%.

NSS 2020 asked students across the country about their experience at uni. Other highlights for Bucks include;

Bucks is in the top 20 of all UK Universities, when all 27 questions in the survey are averaged.

Bucks is in the top 3 of all Universities in London and the South East, on the same measure.

Bucks ranks 3rd in England for the learning opportunities we offer our students

Bucks ranks 8th in the UK for the advice we offer our students about their study choices.

In London and the South East, Bucks is in the top 10 for:
  • overall satisfaction 
  • the sense of community our students experience 
  • our quality of teaching 
  • satisfaction with assessment and feedback; and 
  • the academic support we offer. 

Bucks Students’ Union is in the UK’s top 3 in terms of how students perceive the students’ union represents their interests

Top 10 employment rates

Figures published by Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA) shows that Bucks has one of the top employment rates in the UK. Bucks New University ranks 8th in the UK for graduates entering employment or further study.

Within the sound and music areas Bucks graduates have gone on to work for top studios and companies in the field such as Southby, Brittania Row, Sky TV, Goldcrest, Warner Bros De Lane Lea, Halo, TT Games, CTV, Vice Media, Gibson, and the BBC to name a few.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Lockdown Lectures

Life on the course continues as normal (more-or-less!) during the campus closure. Recently we were joined by Sound Designer Enos Desjardins for a special guest session to talk dialogue music and SFX and hear about his work on films like Trust, Black Mirror, and the Netflix film Close.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Recording in 3D

Great session recording sound with the Soundfield SPS200 ambisonics mic. This allows for a '3-D' recording of the environment, which can then be reproduced in our 5.1 Surround Sound studios with immersive results. 


Thursday, 9 May 2019

BBC Introducing at the Royal Albert Hall

Nice video documenting the recent BBC Introducing recording undertaken by our students at the Royal Albert Hall!

For lots more video from across the department see here...

Pinewood 2019

Another year, another visit to the extroardinary Pinewood film studios. This included spending some time in Pinewood's vast dubbing theatres with Head of Mix Operations James Doyle who went over recent work at the studios such as the sound mix for the multi Oscar winning film Roma.
We also toured of the studio lot seeing the early stages of set building for the forthcoming Bond 25 and some of the historic settings within the studio grounds as seen in films such as Mary Poppins Returns and many others.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

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BA Hons Audio & Music Production

Sound for Sky

Bucks graduate George Jones has been working as a sound operator on youth magazine show Whatsup TV for Sky Television. George got the opportunity via the MamaYouth project following a year's work at a small independent music studio,
He says, "working as a trainee sound operator and runner on What’s Up TV was a great experience, intense but great. The first episode is on the 26th of Jan on Sky One and it runs for 7 episodes. It’s a magazine style show, so we did a lot of interviews on location and then had a week of filming studio links. Really excited to see the show air next weekend and get my first tv credit!"

Check out the series here WhatsupTV

George is now working as a sound trainee on the popular TV drama series 'Silent Witness', and following this will be shooting a new HBO show at Leavesden Studios. 

Monday, 21 January 2019

Sennheiser winner

AMP student Lukas Kalvaitis has won a remix competition put on by our industry partners Sennheiser. Given a collection of loops and samples students were asked to create an original piece, with the winner picking up a pair of Sennheiser HD25 headphones.
Congratualtions to Lukas, you can check out his winning mix here

Friday, 22 June 2018

Working at the World Cup

3rd year AMP student Scott Ramsell will be part of the VAR crew for England's world cup match against Panama on Sunday. 
See below from The Bucks Herald.
Best of luck Scott!!

Scott Ramsell, 20, is currently working in Russia as a Referee Audio Engineer; linking up referees with video assistant referees (VARs).

Scott will be pitchside at Sunday’s England World Cup match against Panama, helping to ensure that the VAR, which reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication, runs smoothly. This is the first time in a World Cup that the system is being used. 
England’s match is in Nizhny Novgorod, western Russia, and Scott is responsible for ensuring that the referees on the pitch can communicate with the VARs stationed in Moscow, 260 miles away. 
Scott, who is studying a degree in BA (Hons) Audio and Music production at Buckinghamshire New University said: “It’s exciting but at the same time there is a lot of pressure, with more than 500 people involved in the production of one match.
“Everyone’s job can have an impact on someone else’s so you have to be on your mettle to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
“During the matches I am right next to the fourth official and the VAR TV that the referee looks at to arrive at decisions.”
Scott has already worked on some games including Sweden vs. South Korea, and will continue to work on matches involving Argentina and Croatia, Switzerland and Costa Rica, as well as a last-16 and quarter-final match.