Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years
UK/EU(2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
Fees are subject to change see website for full information.
04 September 2018
The MA in Sound Design is a forward-thinking course which invites you to explore the creative use of sound within film and other visual media at an advanced level. The course focuses on the more creative aspects of sound design and post- production while providing you with the necessary technical skills.
The course delivers a mixture of advanced technical skills related to sound design and audio post production for film and other visual media. It also provides creatively- oriented insights into contemporary sound design practice and encourages students to push the boundaries of the field.
MA Sound Design is part of a suite of postgraduate courses available across music and sound, operating alongside ‘sister’ pathways in Sound Production and Sound Arts.
In trimester one, you’ll gain the skills you’ll need to fulfil the rest of the course. The Skills Portfolio module is built on the idea that you’ll already have technical skills in this area. It therefore allows you to choose a handful of skills projects from a large number of options – these cover skills right across the Sound Arts, Sound Design and Sound Production pathways and include (optional) elements of multimedia.
The Research Methodology and Context module develops skills in postgraduate-level research and writing.
In trimester two you’ll further your practice through the core module Sound Design Practice. This module explores the creative and practical application of Sound Design within a visual narrative and storytelling context. Alongside this core module, you’ll be offered a wide range of options. The Post Production module explores an industry-level workflow for Audio Post within film and visual media and covers a wide range of associated skillsets. Intertextuality in Sound Production, from the Sound Production pathway, explores the overlap between Urban Music production and what are considered more experimental genres. The Visual Music module, from the Sound Arts pathway, explores the idea that musical thinking can be extended to the visual, and encourages students to develop multimedia projects that explore this idea. There are also choices in Composition, Performance, Musicology and Professional Practice.
In trimester three, you’ll complete the course with an independent research project, comprising of a large-scale practical project, supported by a reflective account.
Please note modules are subject to change. For more information on modules please visit the course webpage.
The delivery of the course involves a mixture of teaching and learning activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, online study materials and guest speaker sessions.
The workshop / seminar sessions will include ongoing peer review and tutor support opportunities. Some parts of the course are delivered using a ‘flipped classroom’ model, where students independently work through online study materials and tasks, which are followed up by practical support workshops.
The assessment is majorly based around practical coursework, with the aim to build an extensive portfolio of sound design and post production work. Practical coursework is typically supported by a written commentary or evaluation.
Our graduates have a range of successful careers in production, composition, music for film and TV, sound design for moving image and games, sound art, software development, engineering, further education, higher education and research.
Visit the MA Sound Design page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!
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