Published: 29 November 2018

Five reasons to study music and media at Surrey

Subject leaders reveal what makes our degrees in music and media different and the secret behind our graduates' success.

Professor Tony Myatt shows a group of Tonmeister students the mixing desk

1. Industry-standard facilities

Our outstanding facilities are housed in the Performing Arts and Technology Studios (PATS) building, purpose-built to stringent acoustical specifications and fitted with professional studio equipment. Facilities include:

  • Newly refurbished PATS Studio ONE – large enough for a full orchestra and Choir to perform and record
  • Comprehensively equipped synthesiser room - MOOG Sound Lab UK
  • Control rooms with Studer Vista digital console, Pyramix recording and editing system, 56-channel SSL 9000K series console, 48-channel Pro Tools HDX system, 48-track hard disk-based recorder
  • Five edit suites with a range of analogue and digital recorders and digital audio workstations, including, Pro Tools HD, Apple Logic Pro, Pyramix, and SADiE
  • Extensive range of more than 100 microphones, our ITU BS-1116 standard listening room, 16 Apple Mac Pro workstations, mobile recording vans and an assortment of measurement and test equipment
  • Nine music practise rooms
  • Steinway Concert D Grand Piano
  • Fibre optic cabling connecting PATS Studio ONE and TV studio
  • TV Studio complete with EVS XT2 live playback system and Sony MVS8000G Vision Mixer, as used on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.


    2. Industry Links and Professional Training Year opportunities

    The department of Music and Media is the home of the Institute of Sound Recording and prestigious ‘Tonmeister’ programme, and the MOOG Sound Lab UK. We host regular lectures, seminars and masterclasses from visiting industry professionals and artists, including ensemble in residence Trifarious, conductor Russell Keable, Jim Abbiss, Engineer/Producer and Michael Price, Composer/Producer & Music Editor. Our department is located in Guildford, the heart of the UK gaming industry, with EA Games and Ubisoft headquarters close by.

    We're focused on equipping emerging talent with the creative and technical skills needed for a future career, not least through offering Professional Training placement opportunities with links to Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Sky, Royal Academy of Music, the ACM and Arena TV.

    3. Exceptional teaching

    We believe in an interdisciplinary approach, benefiting from staff, students and practitioners delivering a unique combination of technical and scientific study, professional operational knowledge and creative study.

    Our staff have true professional industry experience, having recorded with a multitude of record labels including EMI, Decca, Virgin Classics and Naxos and coordinating large events from T in the Park and Glastonbury, to the BBC Proms. Staff have mixed artist work from Bon Jovi to Robbie Williams, Stereophonics to Shirley Bassey, and worked on soundtrack albums including ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Back to Titanic’. On the media side, we benefit from staff experience in running the Games Department at the National Film and Television School, consultants for Sony and Universal Pictures, and technical support lead at some of the world’s largest film premieres, including 'Spiderman', 'Casino Royale', and the 'Harry Potter’ series.

    4. A collaborative family that celebrates our students

    Surrey has developed a vibrant creative community full of an enormous range of inspiring musical opportunities and activities for all students. The department runs a symphony orchestra, choir and chamber choir, which are supported by many more student ensembles. We hold weekly recitals and regular performances from students and visiting artists, including termly concerts held in Guildford Cathedral and local churches.

    We celebrate our students' creativity with prize-givings, awards and annual showcases, proving the creative talents of our students to our industry partners and beyond.

      5. Award-winning Graduate success

      Surrey’s Music and Media department has produced BAFTA, Grammy, EMMY and OSCAR-winning alumni.


      • BAFTA Cymru award winner: Original Music: Keeping Faith / Un Bore Mercher - Composer: Laurence Love Greed
      • Woman's Hour 2018 Power List: Olga FitzRoy
      • EMMY award winner: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special: Black Mirror, USS Callister - Dialogue Editor: Matthew Skelding.


      • GRAMMY winner: Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran, Divide - Engineer: Joe Rubel
      • EMMY award winner: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera): The Beatles Eight Days a Week - Music mixer: Sam Okell. 2014
      • Oscar winner: Best Sound Mixing: Gravity - Sound re-recording mixer / music editor: Christopher Benstead
      • BAFTA winner: Original Film Music: Skyfall - Additional source music / music editor: Tony Lewis, Technical coordination: Lewis Morison.


      Find out more about our programmes in MusicMusic and Sound RecordingCreative Music TechnologyDigital Media Arts, and Film and Video Production Technology.

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