The degree aims to provide a rich cross-disciplinary programme of study for its students to develop skills in the area of multimedia, networking, audio production and post-production and other digital technologies applied to sound design. Its graduates will be conversant with appropriate technologies and with the practices and social contexts in which such technologies are developed and used. The programme will impart practical skills within the framework of a critical and reflective appreciation of the impact and influence of digital audio technology.
Schedule and Courses
Sound Design Media
Sound tools, sound libraries, audio editing and basic sound sync
Web design, multimedia sound design, interaction design, configurable composition
Media and Culture
Design and cultural theory
Interactive Sound Environments
Industrial Sound Design, Max MSP programming and prototype design
Sound and Fixed Media
Film sound analysis, sound design for moving image, surround sound
Digital Media Studio Project
Interactive sound design beyond the desktop, sound art and interactive devices
Collaboration or individual research into a sound design topic of your choice
Successful completion of the taught component of the programme qualifies candidates to receive the Postgraduate Diploma. Those who attain an overall minimum of 50% in their assessed work may proceed to an MSc, undertaking a final sound design project over the summer. This will account for one third of the degree.
The course is a one-year full-time programme that gains its impetus from a series of structured design-oriented projects. So the course is highly practical but with a strongly reflective and theoretical component that draws on contemporary philosophical and cultural themes. This makes both the MSc in Sound Design unique. Students will be expected to spend at least 10 hours per week on project work outside of formal study time. The Courses “Media and Culture” and “Digital Media Studio Project” are shared with the MSc in Design and Digital Media, MSc Digital Composition and Performance and MSc in Acoustics and Music Technology.