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MA Sound Design for Film & Television

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

As the first UK university to offer a postgraduate degree in sound, this degree will develop your understanding of how sound design is used in image-based narrative formats such as film, television or the game sector. You’ll develop a multitude of skills to equip you with the knowledge to enter a range of employment areas such as TV, Film, Digital, Media and Video games.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to tell original stories, collaborating with students across a range of disciplines including the chance to collaborate computer generated material through Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) or via other creative ventures.
  • You’ll graduate with an International Moving Image Society (IMIS) accredited degree, indicating professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training.
  • As part of the AVID Learning Partnership, this course has greater relevance and credibility within the industry. We offer students the opportunity to take the Pro Tools 101 exam as part of the programme.
  • Take advantage of opportunities with RedBalloon, an award winning professional production unit based in the Faculty of Media and Communication.
  • You’ll have the advantage of working in a range of specialist facilities, including purpose-built post-production sound suites for SFX editorial, track-lay and stereo mixing, a Foley/ADR studio, an AVID S6 equipped 7.1 dubbing theatre and Dolby ATMOS mixing theatre.
  • The course is one of the few sound design programmes recognised by BAFTA UK as an eligible course for the BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme.

For September 2021 entry:In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in January 2021 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time


The International Moving Image Society (IMIS)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all other components, or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Download the programme specification (pdf 679kb)

Your application

Technical requirements

You are required to have your own laptop with Avid Pro Tools. The Faculty of Media & Communication provides further technical tools to aid your development, including location sound recording kit, Foley / ADR Studio and Pro Tools Ultimate equipped mixing facilities. We’re also proud to announce our Learning Partnership with AVID, a collaboration that will ensure graduates of this course carry even greater relevance and credibility when it comes to finding employment.

Entry requirements

RedBalloon opportunities

RedBalloon Productions is an award-winning professional production unit based in the Media and Communication Faculty at BU. RedBalloon offers paid work to second and final year students and graduates, including opportunities for editors, production managers, sound assistants and runners, a great way to enhance your CV with professional credits and networking. Students work alongside professional crew and for a wide range of clients from local charities to national organisations such as The National Trust, Exeter Cathedral and Bournemouth Courts of Justice.

Read about some recent projects our students have been working on. 

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Our graduates are highly sought after in the film and TV sector. This course has been awarded accreditation by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) in recognition of its professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training. 

Some of our alumni have worked on high-profile projects, such as the video game LittleBigPlanet, and with well-known TV channels such as Discovery, Disney Interactive and DC Comics.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

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Course changes

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.