The first UK university to offer an MA in Sound Design providing a blend of practical and theoretical learning to develop the creative, technical and collaborative skills you need to work professionally in the film, TV, games and VR industries.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.
International entry requirements:
If English is not your first language you´ll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading.
Work collaboratively on original projects with students from a range of film and TV disciplines. Build networks and collaborations with animation students from BU’s National Centre for Computer Animation.
Industry standard facilities and kit including, Sound Devices location recorders, AVID S3 & Pro Tools Ultimate stereo mixing suites, Foley / ADR studio, AVID S6 equipped 7.1 dubbing suite and access to AVID S6 equipped Dolby ATMOS mixing theatre.
As an AVID Learning Partner, the course provides industry relevance and credibility for graduates looking to enter the industry, including the option of gaining the Pro Tools 101 qualification.
Gain industry experience and showreel material by taking advantage of opportunities with RedBalloon, an award-winning professional production unit based in the Faculty of Media and Communication.
The course is one of the few sound design MA programmes recognised by BAFTA UK as an eligible course for the BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme.
Become part of a long-standing alumni network of industry professionals working at every level of the industry since 1998 and learn from staff who are current industry professionals.
Sound Design: Theory & Practice: An introduction to specific sound design techniques and thinking. You´ll develop a critical understanding of the theoretical aspects of sound/image relationships alongside your production work. You will gain an understanding of industry-standard technology for sound production and post-production environments for screen-based media.
Storytelling: This unit aims to examine concepts of storytelling across audio visual formats, cultures and production industries. You’ll engage with practice research methodologies to critically engage with a diverse range of narrative forms and approaches.
Sound Design: Format & Genre: Develop your understanding of a range of screen-based media genres. You´ll engage in the development, planning and execution of complex production projects, while focusing on the impact of various genres and formats in film, TV and game sound design.
Approaches to Industry: An introduction to key skills and knowledge you´ll need for employment in the media industries. An opportunity to develop your ambitions and strategies for entering the creative industries wherever you choose.
Media Production Masters Project: You’ll develop a significant production-based project. The specific nature and duration of this will be decided through a discussion with your appointed tutor. You´ll encounter a range of learning and teaching methods, including individual tutorials with an academic tutor to share approaches and project development.
Among the roles our Sound Design for Film and Television graduates have taken on are:
Location Sound Recordist
Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Effects Editor
ADR / Foley Recordist
Dialogue Editor (games, film & TV)
Dubbing Mixer / Re-Recording Mixer (Film & TV
Audio Lead (Games)
Audio Director (Games)
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