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Sound Design, BA Hons

Our degree will develop your creativity, exploring the ideas, techniques and skills needed for work in contemporary Sound Design and the wider creative industries.

Through creative practice and critical thinking, you will discover how to record, edit, critique, generate and compose sound. Moving fluidly between the worlds of music and sound, you will develop a broader understanding of the roles of sound in creative practice and contemporary life. 

Work with fellow students across our creative arts courses to apply your knowledge and share ideas in a supportive environment. In this way, you build the collaboration and teamwork skills that underpin the creative industries.

Popular career options for Sound Design graduates include work in film, television, computer games, music production, advertising, theatre, museums, virtual reality and composition.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

WW37 G BA/Sound

Location

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

UK/international fees

2018/2019 fees

2019/2020 fees

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What you should know about this course

  • This course has an emphasis on creative practice and critical thinking
  • Gain the skills to access, generate and transform sound
  • Develop the expertise to create sound for film, TV, games, music production and many other creative industries
  • Work collaboratively with students across courses such as film, animation, digital arts, games design and media
  • Expert academics and top industry guests will introduce you to a wide range of sound and music practices to inspire and inform your own creative development.

What you will study

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About the course team

Students will work with a diverse team of professionals and experts who have a diverse range of specialisms, covering a wide range of Sound Design practices.

Creative Professions & Digital Arts

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Entry requirements

If you are

You will need a minimum of 112 UCAS points. This could be 3 A-levels at grades BBC or an equivalent combination of A-levels and BTECs. You will also need GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses, such as the International Baccalaureate.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and to present a portfolio of work.

Portfolio Guidelines and Interview Procedures

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

We aim to recruit around 20 students to the Sound Design course each year. This class size ensures an ideal balance between community and individual learning opportunities.

Students also take part in shared / collaborative modules with students on other creative arts course, providing a perfect opportunity to develop skills in group and team work. These classes are taken by around 70 students, with workshop and lab sessions working in smaller groups of around 15-20 students.

Independent learning

Outside of scheduled classes you will undertake self-directed study (approximately 30 hours per week). This will involve working in our Sound Studios, developing software skills using online resources (such as Lynda), using materials from the Stockwell Street Library, and undertaking assignments.

You can also participate in the following:

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying. 

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 30 credits. This represents 300 study hours. If you receive 72 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 228 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

Academic year: 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2018/2019 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

We offer guidance to students joining the BA Sound Design on the equipment they should purchase. We recommend professional studio headphones and a portable external hard drive to store, backup and transfer your work between workstations. Both of these items will be very useful during your time at university and in your future careers.

You may also wish to purchase a personal subscription to AVID Pro Tools, our main audio software, for working at home. Some licences are available via the online booking system for equipment.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to study the "Working In the Creative Industries" module in your final year, which includes a practical work placement.

You can also register for the degree on 'sandwich mode', which allows you to do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement, you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 150 hours in total.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid, full-time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Sound Design is a significant and expanding sector of the creative industries. Building upon its substantial role in traditional areas (film, television, computer games, radio, music production, etc.), it is increasingly found within interactive museum exhibits, smartphone applications, and product design.

Graduates may go on to work in any one of these areas. They will also be equipped with the skills 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 at MA or PhD level.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though we will support you through the application process. You can also gain an internship through the STEPS programme.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and Employability skills workshops. 

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from the international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Accommodation information

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