Edinburgh Napier University

Sound Design Edinburgh Napier University Degree level: Undergraduate

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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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 5G7B
Institution code E59
Campus name Merchiston Campus
Campus code M

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BCC Including Art and Design, Fine Art, Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts

GCSE English & Maths at Grade C/4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject (Art and Design, Creative Digital Media Production, Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts)

GCSE English & Maths at Grade C/4
Access to HE Diploma D: 12 credits
M: 33 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject with 45 credits overall with minimum 33 Credits at Merit & 12 Distinction to include Art and Design, Fine Art, Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts at Level 3.

English and Maths required at Level 2 or equivalent.
Scottish Higher BBBB Including: Art & Design, Design, Media, Photography, Music, Music Technology or Graphic Communication.

National 5 C in English and Maths.

If you are eligible for an adjusted offer under our Contextual Admissions Policy, please see the ‘Minimum Qualification Requirements’ below.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including one of Film, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL English and Maths.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3 Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include Art or Music .

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in English and Maths.

Minimum Year 2 Entry Requirements

Advanced Higher BBC (or Advanced Higher BB plus Higher BB) to include at least one of the following at Advanced Higher: Art & Design (Design or Expressive), Drama, Music or Music Technology. Plus Standard Grade 3/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 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.

SCQF level 7 - 120 SCQF credits at level 7 in an appropriate subject.

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

To enter this programme at the start of Year 4 you must have:
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

Qualification Offer Further information
Scottish Higher BBCC To include one of the following subjects: Art & Design, Design, Media, Photography, Music, Music Technology or Graphic Communication.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English also required.

The grades listed above are our minimum entry requirements for applicants who meet our widening participation criteria. For further information about our entry requirements and our widening participation criteria as outlined within our Contextual Admissions Policy please visit our website.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 overall with no component below 5.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £1,820 Year 1
International £15,522 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Edinburgh Napier University
219 Colinton Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1DJ


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+44 (0)333 900 60 40