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Course summary

Become a music composition and creative sound specialist within the exciting and ever-changing television, film and new media industries. Discover practical and theoretical approaches to recording, sound design and post-production, as well as sequencing and production techniques essential to the modern film/TV composer. You’ll put these skills to practice on real-world briefs working closely with students from neighbouring institutions that may include Screenology, UWE, Falmouth University, Plymouth College of Art and University of Plymouth. In addition to this, you will have access to a substantial guest lecture programme throughout the three years with topics ranging from demonstration and instruction in new technology to personal viewpoints and techniques from experienced professional practitioners. This course is taught by dBs and awarded by Falmouth University.


This three-year programme is a chance to explore the world of music and sound for film and TV and discover innovative new approaches to composition and creative audio production. Most modules will be project-focused, helping you to build industry connections and credits on real-world projects. Modules could include: Year one You’ll be introduced to all the key aspects of creating music and sound for screen including Foley, recording, editing and the use of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). You’ll learn how to create sound effects and analyse cinema from a music and sound specific viewpoint, before investigating the roles available within the film industry and preparing a personal portfolio. Modules ● Studio Practice ● Film Music Production ● Film Aesthetics ● Skills Enhancement ● Sound Design for Film ● Industry Foundations Year two You’ll discover how studios are used in the creation of sound for screen and study advanced processes in the finalisation of a film dub. You’ll learn about scoring and orchestration and refine your grasp of music technology in the creation of composition ideas. You’ll also develop your academic research skills and examine how immersive audio can be used to enhance the cinematic experience. Modules ● Recording for Film ● Immersive Audio ● Music Technology in Film ● Orchestration for Film ● Post Production ● Research Practice Year three You’ll prepare for industry or further study by consolidating your professional portfolio and completing an in-depth final project into a subject of your choice. You’ll also get the opportunity to investigate areas of audio and music production outside your area of practice through a dedicated ‘Innovation’ module. Modules ● Innovation ● Professional Portfolio Development ● Professional Portfolio Delivery ● Extended Research Project Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We regret that this course is not available to international applicants who would require a Student Visa. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

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If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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