Leeds Beckett University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)

Sound Design (Taught)

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Course summary

If you’re new to the field or already working in industry, this course will foster your talent and develop your skills in planning, creation and manipulation of audio soundtracks. With a focus on sound design for film and television, this course will allow you to explore the capture of on-location production sound and studio-based post-production activity. As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Create soundtracks for live action film and animation for a variety of platforms and contexts
  • Engage with film and sound studies theory
  • Develop technical and practical skills in the area of composition and post-production
  • Collaborate and negotiate with fellow music students as well as with peers in the wider school including film, dance and performance
  • Have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to sound production for radio and podcasting
Find out more Hands-on experience You’ll be guided by a highly skilled teaching team as well as visiting professionals with extensive industry experience. Through close ties with the university’s Northern Film School, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with fellow students at all stages of the filmmaking process – including shooting, editing and post-production. This hands-on experience will be complemented by academic and practical studies in sound design. Creative exploration The brand-new Leeds School of Arts building features a wealth of outstanding specialist facilities. You’ll have use of professional-grade studios dedicated to foley and surround mixing including Dolby Atmos. You’ll also have access to:
  • A suite of high quality, professional music studios, approved by JAMES - the accrediting body of the Music Producers' Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Services
  • A 220-seat Dolby Atmos-accredited cinema
  • Additional performance spaces
Access to these spaces plus links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to share your work with audiences. Why study Sound Design at Leeds Beckett University...
  • Work with professional artists on our artist in residence programme
  • Links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations
  • Opportunities to practise the skills you are developing in a live setting
  • Collaborate with MA Filmmaking students on all stages of the filmmaking process, including shooting, editing and post-production
  • Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north
  • Access to dedicated music studios; Foley studios; dubbing and music recording studios; acoustic labs and a host of post-production suites


Core Modules:

  • Location Sound
  • Studio Production Skills
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Negotiated Skills Development
  • Audio Visual Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Final Individual Project
In addition, choose from a list of option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music Production, Film Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. You should include reference to the following areas in your supporting statement: Why you want to study MA Sound Design at Leeds Beckett University. What film and television (and/or radio and podcasts) inspire you to want to work in the industry and why Talk about a recent example that shows how passionate you are about sound design for film and television (and/or radio and podcasts) – so the design of all elements of a soundtrack except music Talk about a book or article you have recently read that gave you a real insight into sound for film and television (and/or radio and podcasts) All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio prior to acceptance on the course. Please include in your supporting information a link for us to download the following: a showreel of around two minutes in length that evidences your skills as a sound designer for film, TV, radio and/or other media forms. Using film as an example, your showreel could contain clips from films you have been part of the production of and/or pre-existing films you have re-soundtracked. You should accompany this showreel with a pdf document that details what each of the works presented in the showreel are and what your contribution to them has been. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Please see www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk for fee information.
Sound Design at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS