Explore the possibilities of contemporary sound design practice. This highly collaborative Sound Design course will equip you with the creative and technical abilities to pursue a career as a sound designer or a sound experience professional. You’ll explore the boundaries of audio and its potential to transport an audience in different contexts; from film and fashion shows to gaming, installations and stage performances. As someone with a passion for sound, you’ll immerse yourself in its creation and production and graduate 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 Experiment with and consider future applications of sound, including sonic wearables and branding, soundscape ecology and sound design in wellbeing 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 Gain business, marketing and entrepreneurial insight, boosting your employability.
You’ll develop a contextual understanding of contemporary sound design and gain practical skills in areas like recording and mixing, immersive technologies, game audio and media composition. With a focus on preparing for industry, you’ll analyse current and future trends in sound design that relate to your career ambitions, while also learning core business, marketing and entrepreneurial skills. Year One: Upskill & Integrate The first year of this Sound Design course 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 Understanding Sound & Audio Designing Sound Sound Design: Workflows, Tools & Techniques Studiocraft Music & Sound: Contexts and Cultures Non-Linear Sound Design Year Two: Experience & Expand The second year of the degree is focused on live projects, study options, gaining practical sound design experience 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 The Art of Post Music and Sound: Resonant Futures The Business of Music and Sound Sound Design Project 1: Game Audio Sound Design Project 2: Team Project Immersive & Interactive Audio (optional) Composing Music for Media (optional) Year three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the 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 focuses on building your professional identity, knowledge, skills and networks in line with your chosen sound design specialism. You’ll develop a professional portfolio, enhance your entrepreneurial skills and carry out business planning as you prepare to take your first steps into industry. Modules Music and Sound: Dissertation Professional Development Your Future Showcase 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.
Modules vary in their requirements, but all design projects and assessment tasks can be tailored to suit your own interests, aims and objectives. You'll be assessed through coursework and practical submissions. Assessment methods Assessments can take many forms, including: Artefacts Case Studies Essays Journals Portfolios Practical projects Presentations Reports Dissertation Each module of study has either one or two summative assessment points. You will receive feedback in a range of formats, including written feedback sheets, feedback tutorials and feedback in live sessions.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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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 www.falmouth.ac.uk.
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 http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/
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