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Course summary

This degree programme provides a practical, theoretical and creative grounding in sound design across multiple industry areas, from music production to movie soundtracks, games audio, and beyond. Using industry-standard studio and live sound facilities, you’ll learn skills including professional recording and mixing techniques, how to evaluate newly emerging practices and studio technologies and build a portfolio of your personal sound work and projects. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. Why study this subject? With a degree in sound design you could be working in post-production, outside broadcast, tv and film production, live music events, or for an audio supplier or broadcaster such as Sky or the BBC. You would use your studio and music production skills as part of team to create appropriate audio to demonstrate atmosphere, tempo or overall effect. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? BNU pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. You’ll get to work in a production-house style environment, collaborating frequently with students from our other courses and with external partners on live projects. You might design sounds to accompany an animated creature created in the university’s motion-capture studio, or work with Film & TV Production students to produce sound and music for a sci-fi scene. You could also implement sound using game engine tools with our games development students. Honing your skills on real projects, you’ll build an extensive portfolio of work examples and experiences. All our music degrees at BNU come with membership of UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership (MAP), a ground-breaking collaboration between educational institutions and UK Music, designed to maximise the relationship between the industry and educational institutions. What facilities can I use? Our state-of-the-art recording studios and Dolby Atmos certified sound lab give you access to the space and technology you need. From individual edit rooms up to large Pro Tools Ultimate studios with attached live rooms and vocal booths, we have it all to help you gain hands-on experience. Studio 1 boasts a Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 speaker system and an Avid S6 console. Studio 2 boasts an Avid D-Command control surface and 24 channels of Focusrite ISA828 microphone preamps. Studio three and the Electronic Music Studio are based around Avid S3/S4 control surfaces and UAD Apollo x8 audio interfaces. What will I study? The course covers all the relevant building blocks of sound design. In addition to core recording and mixing skills, you’ll also get to grips with areas such as audio programming and synthesis, game engines and audio middleware, field sound recording, experimental composition and digital instrument design, and spatial audio. You’ll learn about technology and sound production, audio principles, theories and practices, and be introduced to the sound and computing technologies used in audio studios and elsewhere. You’ll apply, these skills to more specific production areas as the course progresses, such as live sound, audio drama, sounds for games and VR, and film sound design, before completing a specialist major research project in your final year. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers.

Modules

Foundation Year Core Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Introduction to Music Management, Production and Performance Year one Core Audio Production Technologies Live Audio Recording and Mixing Techniques Computer Programming for Audio Applications Sound Design for Moving Image Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Location Sound & Post-production Sound Design for Non-linear Media Research Methods Optional Creative Audio Production Electronic Production Techniques Sound Design Projects Genre Studies Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core Sound Design and Sonic Installation Immersive Audio Techniques Dissertation/Independent Work Optional Professional Production Project Game Audio: Techniques and Practices Sound Design Final Portfolio Podcasting – Creation & Production

Assessment method

Teaching on the course is highly practical and hands-on with a focus on real production work working within our industry standard studios and sound facilities. The staff on this course have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still working in industry. You’ll also learn through group discussion and one-to-one interaction with tutors, as well as through lectures, workshops and master classes. A variety of assessment methods will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including essays, reports, portfolios of creative audio content, written evaluations, presentations, and some continuous assessment on practical tasks. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
WW34
Institution code:
B94
Campus name:
Buckinghamshire New University
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks/general-entry-requirements


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
80%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
100%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
Sound Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS