Entertainment Engineering - your questions answered! video transcript

Hi I'm Dr Bruce Wiggins I'm a senior lecturer here at the University. On the course BSc (Hons)  Sound Light and Live Event Technology. The course is accredited by the Institute of  Engineering and Technology, so it's a proper engineering degree. There's a three-year option and there's also a foundation year and an industrial placement year option as well. 

So this course is for people that are interested in live events, they're interested in putting live events, they're interested in the technology, the equipment but they're also interested in the hard engineering that goes into designing, troubleshooting, building. And knowing everything about how this equipment works and how all of the bits of a live event are put together and successfully run in the industry. So one of the main features of course is this mixture of the practical and the engineering, so the students will be able to use the equipment, they'll be able to learn how to put it all together how to successfully put on live events but they'll also look at the underpinning principles and the engineering that goes into making these bits of equipment. So we're really proud of this course that we've put together at Derby it's been running for over 10 years now, for the last four years we've achieved 100% student satisfaction in the NSS (the National Student Survey) and we've got access to hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment. so for example, £150,000 of new equipment was bought just last year and in the last few weeks we've received eight tons of video wall which the students now get to use in their live events that they put on in some of our expert facilities. So our course is all about preparing a student for a future career, so we teach the things that industry need, we've got great links with industry already so we're constantly getting feedback about what's needed in the industry what the current state of the art is. We get those industry professionals in to do short courses and teaching on our course anyway so as soon as students start the course in that first week, we put on what's called "Mega Practicals" where the cohort works together with all of our equipment all day, once a week, putting together sound stages putting together the lights using our truss in one in some of our facilities. They get to know each other they get a really good sense of all the equipment we've got right from the word go. At the same time they're learning the electronics they're learning the science the physics, of lighting, of sound equipment of mixing desks, of all of the things that we'll be using including networking audio over IP, all of these things. As they progress through the courses they'll build on those skills but they also start putting on events internally at first, so they're working in a safe environment fully supervised. And then by the third year we actually let them go out into the real world and students are putting on events for real clients, where although we're still there supervising, we'll actually take a much more  hands-off approach allowing the students to press the wrong button to make the sound fail, these are then become you know real-world environments where much of the best learning takes place. So we've got really good links with industries because our course has been going for over 10  years, lots of our graduates are working out In the industry so we've got really good links with professionals and companies throughout the country. So finding actual placements for students is really straightforward and actually a lot of our students are head-hunted in the third year when they get to the end of their degree anyway. So we've got excellent facilities here at Derby so the room I'm in at the moment is our multi-channel sound lab so this is where we carry out research and experiment with multi-channel audio. Some of the software that has been written to use this lab which has been written here at Derby actually is used at Glastonbury Festival every year, it's used in computer games like Colin Mcrae Rally. 

We've got an excellent auditorium downstairs so we've got a large space that's only used by our course, where we can build stages, we can put together truss, we can try out lighting, all the subs or the D and B sound system that we've got, and all of the excellent equipment in a very safe and completely reconfigurable environment. So we've got an excellent team of academic professionals, people that worked in industry, active researchers and everything in between so our most recent member of staff for example joining the university was John Burton, who was the front of house engineer for The Prodigy for 15 years but then moved into research doing a masters and then started with us at the University.


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