MA Sound Design for Screen

The first UK university to offer an MA in Sound Design providing a blend of practical and theoretical learning to develop the creative, technical and collaborative skills you need to work professionally in the film, TV, games and VR industries.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study MA Sound Design for Screen at BU?

  • Work collaboratively on original projects with students from a range of film and TV disciplines. Build networks and collaborations with animation students from BU’s National Centre for Computer Animation. 
  • Industry standard facilities and kit including, Sound Devices location recorders, AVID S3 & Pro Tools Ultimate stereo mixing suites, Foley / ADR studio, AVID S6 equipped 7.1 dubbing suite and access to AVID S6 equipped Dolby ATMOS mixing theatre.     
  • As an AVID Learning Partner, the course provides industry relevance and credibility for graduates looking to enter the industry, including the option of gaining the Pro Tools 101 qualification.   
  • Gain industry experience and showreel material by taking advantage of opportunities with RedBalloon, an award-winning professional production unit based in the Faculty of Media and Communication. 
  • The course is one of the few sound design MA programmes recognised by BAFTA UK as an eligible course for the BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme. 
  • Become part of a long-standing alumni network of industry professionals working at every level of the industry since 1998 and learn from staff who are current industry professionals.  

Find out more about the content of this course.

Graduate with an accredited degree

Graduate from an International Moving Image Society (IMIS) accredited degree, awarded to practice-based courses that best prepare students for a career in the industry. 
 
Within the Department of Media Production, we have close ties with various industry professionals and organisations, ensuring our courses are always up to date and teach you the most relevant skills and techniques. Find out more.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time (September start). 20 months part-time (January start)

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 writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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 216kb)

Your application

For MA Sound Design for Screen we are looking for applicants who: 

  • Have some experience of working with sound to moving image. 
  • Enjoy working with other people. 
  • Are flexible with time and energy levels. 
  • Are creative and enthusiastic. 
  • Can adapt to varying demands/workloads. 
  • Have a passion for film, TV and games sound design. 

Technical requirements

You are required to have your own laptop with AVID Pro Tools (standard). The Faculty of Media & Communication provides further technical tools to aid your development, including location sound recording kits, Foley / ADR Studio and Pro Tools Ultimate equipped mixing facilities. As an AVID Learning Partner, we offer the opportunity to take the Pro Tools 101 exam in order to enhance your basic skills and employability.

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. 

Visit the RedBalloon website to find out more

Careers

Our graduates are highly sought after in the film and TV sector. Our alumni have worked on high-profile projects in a range of sound design disciplines for feature films, high end TV drama and advertising and video games to name a few. Some highlights include:   

  • Feature films such as, No Time to Die (James Bond), 1917, The Martian, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  
  • TV channels / platforms such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Amazon Prime and Netflix
  • Video games such as, Little Big Planet, Batman: Arkham City, Alien: Isolation and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

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.

Hear from our graduates

Course changes

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