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Course summary

Explore the boundaries of sound and its potential to transport an audience in different contexts, from film and fashion shows to gaming, installations and staged performances. This highly collaborative degree will equip you with the creative and technical abilities for your dream role as a sound designer or a sound experience professional, ready to make waves in industries such as music, animation and visual media. As someone with a passion for sound, you’ll immerse yourself in its creation and production. Guided by an expert team and working in partnership with students in associated fields, you’ll emerge with diverse skills and a distinctive portfolio. You will: Build core sound design and related audio skills, encompassing concepts, practices, tools and workflows Work with industry-standard software, hardware and technical facilities, including mixing consoles, portable recording equipment, Foley/ ADR suites and dedicated post-production audio suites Develop a contextual knowledge of contemporary sound design Collaborate in project teams across a range of creative disciplines to develop and apply knowledge, experience and transferable skills Experiment with future applications of sound, including sonic wearables and branding, soundscape ecology and sound design in wellbeing Gain business, marketing and entrepreneurial insight, boosting your employability


You'll learn core creative and technical digital audio skills alongside developing a contextual understanding of contemporary sound design and enhancing your critical thinking and writing skills. With a focus on preparing for industry, you'll also learn core business, marketing and entrepreneurial skills. Year One: Upskill & Integrate Your first year is all about upskilling and getting immersed in disciplines from across the University's creative departments, from the perspective of sound design. You'll develop your core sound design and related audio skills as well as your understanding of sound design workflows in various contexts. You'll also begin to develop fundamental theoretical and contextual knowledge of contemporary sound design practice. Modules Audio & Sound Theory Sound Design: Workflows, Tools & Techniques 1-2 Linear Sound Design Non-linear Sound Design Sound Studies: Sound in Context Year Two: Experience & Expand The second year is focused on live projects, study options, gaining practical sound design experiences and developing business and brand thinking. You'll identify, acquire and apply new skills as you take on collaborative projects with students from across the University. You'll also explore immersive audio technologies and contemplate future directions of the sound design discipline. Modules Sound Design Futures Immersive Audio & Sound Design Falmouth Team Projects Collaboration Year three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. How you’ll study during your placement year You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. Year Four: Focus & Connect Your final year is geared towards solidifying your professional identity, knowledge, skills and networks in line with your chosen sound design specialism. You'll develop a professional portfolio, enhance your entrepreneurial practice skills and carry out business planning as you prepare to take your first steps into industry. Modules Critical Contextual Project Future Skills Developing Professional Sound Design Practice (Optional) Final Project Contextualisation Professional Sound Design Portfolio The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. 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.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through coursework and practical submissions. This can take many forms, including: Practical projects Presentations Portfolios Short essays Mirroring the industry, we also encourage regular self-evaluation and crit-sessions.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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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Sound Design with Professional Placement at Falmouth University - UCAS