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Course summary

Specialise in a range of Sound Design disciplines including: Art, VR/AR/MR, Film, Products, Radio, Television, Theatre and Games. If you have a passion for sound, and would like to learn how to design it so that it is seamlessly integrated into media, products or environments, then this degree will help you develop an in-depth understanding and the practical skills to design and evaluate effective sound for listeners. Both linear and interactive media are addressed as well as products and environments, with students studying sound design for fields such as animation, audio books, augmented/mixed reality, computing, food, film, radio, robotics, television, theatre, vehicles, video games and virtual reality. This course allows you to specialise in your chosen discipline, and then work towards creating an appropriate portfolio, whilst gaining valuable contacts who could help you during your transition from study to a professional career. Studying Sound Design will allow you to collaborate with students on Acting, Digital Media, Film, Games Development and Television degrees. We also have an extensive range of online guest lectures from internationally recognised Sound Designers. Please visit our website for full course and module details.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Minimum Year 2 Entry Requirements Advanced Higher BBC to include at least one of the following at Advanced Higher: Art & Design (Design or Expressive), Drama or Music. Plus National 5 C in Maths and English. A level AAB to include at least one from: Art and Design, Fine Art, Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts. Plus GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English. BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3 minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in either Music Technology or Audio and Music Production. Places are limited and students should anticipate a rigorous selection process, including interview. Minimum Year 3 Entry Requirements Please enquire directly with the admissions team. Places are limited and students should anticipate a rigorous selection process, including interview. Minimum Year 4 Entry Requirements A Scottish bachelor’s degree in Sound Production (or equivalent), or have achieved 360 SCQF credits, with 120 SCQF credits at level 7, 120 SCQF credits at level 8, and 120 SCQF credits at level 7 in appropriate subjects Places are limited and students should anticipate a rigorous selection process, including interview.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 overall with no component below 5.5.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
EU £17580 Year 1
International £17580 Year 1

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Sound Design at Edinburgh Napier University - UCAS