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Sound Design

BSc (Hons)

Flexible study

Choose the modules which match your interests

New Music Studios

We have five studios and four live rooms with drum kits

Mac Labs

The labs are equipped with Macs running software from SSL, UAD and more

UCAS code:
W371
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Explore the creation of sound and music for film, TV, animation, games, theatre and radio with our highly collaborative degree in Sound Design.

If you are interested in creating sound and music for film, games, television or drama, this course could be perfect for you.

The course is highly flexible, so you can personalise it to match your interests. A range of optional modules will enable you to develop your skills in areas such as music composition, electronics, creating software tools, acoustics and the film industry.

You will have access to our world-class recording and post-production facilities, which include professional sound studios, Foley pit, and TV studio. We also have accredited Avid and Apple trainers, enabling you to gain additional qualifications in Logic and Pro Tools at extra cost.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sound Design

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sound Design

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sound Design

Work placements

When you complete a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

Sound Design involves preparing all aspects of a soundtrack including dialogue, ambience, sound effects, Foley and music. You will learn about the film industry and the film production process, and gain expertise in creating, recording, editing, mixing and mastering audio using industry-standard software and hardware.

Our studios are equipped with Genelec 5.1 surround sound monitoring and a range of mixing desks, including a Toft ATB24, Audient 4816 and an SSL AWS900. We also share broadcasting, post-production and mastering facilities with our film courses.

Collaboration is an important aspect of the entertainment industry, so you will be growing your network by studying alongside Film, Games, Animation and Drama students – as well as other Music students.

After you have completed your second year, you will take a placement year. Previous placements include working with games companies, orchestras, theatres and recording studios. Throughout the course, there will be regular opportunities to create sound and music for real-world industry projects. You will also be able to attend guest talks and masterclasses from Film, TV and Music professionals.

Sound Design involves preparing all aspects of a soundtrack including dialogue, ambience, sound effects, Foley and music. You will learn about the film industry and the film production process, and gain expertise in creating, recording, editing, mixing and mastering audio using industry-standard software and hardware.

Our studios are equipped with Genelec 5.1 surround sound monitoring and a range of mixing desks, including a Toft ATB24, Audient 4816 and an SSL AWS900. We also share broadcasting, post-production and mastering facilities with our film courses.

Collaboration is an important aspect of the entertainment industry, so you will be growing your network by studying alongside Film, Games, Animation and Drama students – as well as other Music students.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

NOTE

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Recording Studio Production
Film Production Processes
Non-Fiction Film Production
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Year 2 compulsory modules
Sound Design for Film & Games
Fiction Film Production
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Year 3 compulsory modules
Sound Design for the Creative Industries
Individual Music Technology Project
Individual Music Technology Portfolio
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Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

Our graduates go on to work in a range of careers, including:

  • Sound and music for video, TV and film
  • Sound and music for games
  • Sound and music for theatre
  • Digital marketing
  • Radio commercial production
  • Freelance sound designers / composers
  • Teachers, lecturers and technicians
  • Collaborative and community arts

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Si Waite
Si WaiteCourse Leader

A songwriter and composer as well as a lecturer, Si specialises in performance, production and sound design. Before entering academia, he was a director of Planet Sound Community Arts and a music leader with Make Some Noise.

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For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

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