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Explore the creative and technical aspects of location sound, studio sound production and sound design.

There are increasing numbers of freelancers in sound design and this course has been created to help those already working in the industry update their skills in the planning, generation and manipulation of audio soundtracks. At the same time, it meets the training requirements of those new to the field and will help develop and encourage fresh talent.

Working closely with the University's Northern Film School and guided by a highly-skilled teaching team with extensive industry experience, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the University's MA Filmmaking students at all stages of the filmmaking process, including shooting, editing and post-production. This hands-on experience will be complemented by academic and practical studies in sound design.

You will also benefit from our links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations, which will provide plenty of opportunities to practise your skills in a live setting.

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including in music, drama, dance and performing arts.

Course Benefits

You will benefit from our links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations, with plenty of opportunities to practise the skills you are developing in a live setting.

You will also have access to a suite of high quality, professional music studios, approved by JAMES - the accrediting body of the Music Producers' Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Services.

Artist in Residence Programme

The Artist in Residence programme gives our students an opportunity to work with professional artists and gives them a taste of what is it like to work on a professional music project. So far we have welcomed artists Chris T-T, Ian Prowse, I Monster, Tom Williams and Utah Saints.

Core modules

  • Location Sound
  • Studio Production Skills
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Negotiated Skills Development
  • Audio Visual Practice
  • Research Practice
  • Final Individual Project

Option modules

  • Sound, Music & Image
  • Electro-Acoustic Music
  • Spatial Audio

Job Prospects

A range of job roles in the creative and media industries will be available to you on completion of your course. They include foley editor and re-recording mixer as well as:

  • Dialogue Editor
  • Location Recordist
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor

Visit the Sound Design - MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

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