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Ulster University’s BSc Creative Audio course has recently been accredited by JAMES.

Assessed by industry professionals, the JAMES Course Accreditation process is designed to endorse relevance, quality and continuing innovation throughout the student curriculum.

JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) is comprised of music and media industry professionals who bring specialist knowledge and experience to The JAMES Course Accreditation Scheme.

The Creative Audio programme provides students with a hands-on, project-focused approach to sound and music production. Within the accreditation process, the facilities, the programme of study and the quality of student work are reviewed alongside a confidential, open discussion with current students and recent graduates.

Vital elements within the assessment process include the university's acknowledgment of student wellbeing and hearing protection. The strategies and support processes employed to manage the mental and physical stresses are a key factor in 'surviving' a degree course, that can be employed to handle pressures experienced whilst working in the media industries.

On receiving this accreditation, Professor Tom Maguire, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, said:

“It is a significant achievement for the Creative Audio team to gain recognition by music and media industry professionals through this JAMES accreditation. JAMES is the recognised Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body for the sector. Accreditation is testament to the expertise of our staff, investment in our resources and relevance of our programme. Current and future students will benefit from the recognition accreditation provides in / to the quality of the learning experience at Ulster University and the skills and knowledge gained by our graduates.”

Greg O’Hanlon (Course Director), added:

“We are incredibly excited to be joining the JAMES network and we're looking forward to working closely with JAMES and the other accredited members. This certification underscores our commitment to ensuring our students are industry ready and providing the best possible student experience. Being part of the JAMES community means that we are joining a group of like-minded professionals who share our passion for music and media. We're eager to see where this journey takes us.”

Find out more

For further information on the BSc Creative Audio degree, visit Creative Audio BSc (Hons) at Ulster University.

You can contact Greg O’Hanlon by email to