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Sound Design, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Explore the possibilities of working with all sound, blurring traditional distinctions between sound and music
  • Emphasis on creative practice and critical thinking
  • Students are equipped with the skills to work creatively in a range of contexts, including: film, television, computer games, music production, radio, advertising, theatre, animation, product design, museums, acoustics, sonic art and contemporary music.

Overview

Overview

"Sound recording has brought to composers almost endless possibilities of expression, and opened up for them the mysterious world of sound." Edgard Varèse, Composer.

Whether you want to work in music production, or create sound for TV, games or film, it's essential to gain an understanding of the building blocks of sound, and how they can be controlled for creative purposes. On this degree programme you'll be introduced to a wide range of sound/music practices to inspire and inform your own creative development. We filmed some of these practices when AJ from KISS FM came to see us.

At Greenwich you'll have access to some of the latest sound technologies, which you'll use constructively, recording, transforming and synthesizing in a way that expands your horizons and opens you up to new sonic possibilities.

Visit the Sound Design blog for information about recent activities and to listen to more examples of student work.

What will I learn?

Blurring the distinction between sound and music, this course explores the possibilities of working with all sound, equipping you with the skills to work creatively in a range of contexts, including: film, television, computer games, music production, radio, advertising, theatre, animation, product design, museums, acoustics, sonic art and contemporary music. With emphasis on creative practice and critical thinking, the programme will expand your skills in recording, understanding, editing, critiquing, generating and composing sound. 

How will I be taught?

Teaching is primarily through taught courses, based around material provided in lectures – which you will supplement by accessing our vast array of publications in our library. The skills you learn during lectures and self-study will be applied in practical, interactive workshops.

Why Greenwich?

Sound Design is an innovative programme within the department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts (CPDA), based in the award-winning Stockwell Street building in the centre of Greenwich.

CPDA is an interdisciplinary community of students, world-leading academics, creative practitioners and industry professionals. CPDA students get to work using state-of-the-art facilities at Stockwell Street and the nearby Old Royal Naval College.

The broad range of activities within the department gives students the opportunity to collaborate across programmes and to take advantage of the diversity of staff specialisms, helping them to develop a broad understanding of the creative arts and professions.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme available for students and provides a grant towards the cost of studying aboard. We have a dedicated placement team who will support students in finding work placements and internships, as well as giving students practical advice on writing CVs and preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Students will also have the option of working with other Greenwich students on real-world applications for clients as part of our GWizards project.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points, which should include at least 104 points from A2 A-levels. You'll also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics.

We also accept:

  • BTEC National Diploma 
  • The International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers and
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full-time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136. 

In addition:

  • If you have non-standard qualifications, you will be asked to submit a portfolio of subject-related work.
  • You may be invited to an interview.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

Practical coursework with critical reflection.

Careers

Sound Design is a significant and expanding sector of the creative industries. Building upon its already substantial role in traditional areas (film, television, computer games, radio, animation, music production, theatre and advertising), it is increasingly found within interactive museum exhibits, smartphone applications, and physical product design.
 
Graduates may go on to work in any one of these areas, but will also be equipped with the skills that allow them to work flexibly within a range of contexts should they choose to pursue portfolio careers. There are also opportunities for students to undertake postgraduate study in Sound Design to MA or PhD level.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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