The MA/MSc in Post-production with Sound Design is designed to give a solid grounding in the latest post-production systems and techniques as well as a rich understanding of digital sound design creation for contemporary media. The programme is unique, as it allows students the choice of focusing on production-orientated work (for an MA degree) or on formal research into the technologies behind post-production systems (for an MSc degree). As a result, graduates of the programme are technically informed practitioners or researchers, with a complete understanding of the creative process. The modules unite powerful scientific/technical training with industry-inspired hands-on examination of issues surrounding sound design creativity, program creation and artistic decision-making. This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the UK film and TV industry sector skills council.
*To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical bases, underlying technologies, and practical skills central to the professional production and post-production of sound for film and television. *To enhance student understanding of professional production values and aesthetics through technical analysis, critical evaluation and reflective learning. *To expand students' organizational skills with an emphasis on the importance of creative and technical collaboration for the effective management of the creative process: use of time; working with others; fulfilling commercial objectives; self-discipline; and independent work practices where appropriate. *To further develop students' problem-solving skills with a solid grounding in formal investigative methods of research. *To establish a collaborative study environment - via a unique interdisciplinary course structure - whereby students with interests in sound design and those with interests in visual effects can jointly expand their understanding of the postproduction process through the exploration of the intricate relationships between image and sound. *To develop high-quality sound design professional ready for industry, and researchers prepared to advance the state-of-the-art in postproduction systems.
Although the film and television industry is highly competitive, there is a constant demand for sound designers who not only have a solid knowledge of current software and post-production techniques but also possess a firm grasp of story and how technology can be adapted and applied to enhance the audiovisual experience. Likewise there is an increasing demand in both industry and academia for researchers with a firm understanding of how post-production tools are applied to facilitate creation of the next generation of post-production technologies. No university can guarantee work after completion of a degree but many graduates of this course have gone on to work for major film and television companies including De Lane Lea, Pinewood, Envy, Sumners Post, Green Screen Productions, Partizan, and more. Others have gone on to further study or work in academia pursuing a PhD in Sound Design in this Department.