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Sound Production (MA)

Course Description

A one-year taught masters in sound production offering cutting-edge technology, industry accreditation and a dynamic learning environment, taught by staff with ongoing, high-level industry experience.

Visit the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/ma-sound-production-postgraduate-fulltime

If you are aiming for success in the competitive worlds of Sound Production, Sound Reinforcement and Sound Post Production, this multi-faceted programme will enhance your technical knowledge, your creative skills and your professional competence, enabling you to be operationally effective in a range of employment situations.

Through technical instruction, lectures, workshops and self-study, you will develop proficiency in the Sound industry's standard applications and equipment, with the option to undertake Digidesign's in-demand ProTools qualifications as part of the course. With opportunities for orchestral and group recording, film sound synchronisation, post production and live sound mixing, the programme is a potent mix of challenging activities and high-level learning experiences.

From the start of the programme you will build on prior learning and experience to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the technology, skills, theory, context and issues that are central to success in the professional arenas of sound capture and manipulation.

You will develop skills and techniques in recording, including orchestral instruments, editing and mixing, with extensive use of Digidesign's Pro Tools application. You will study Post Production for film and TV, learning about synchronisation formats, codecs and sound design. You will gain experience of live sound mixing for corporate events and theatre.

A core aspect of the programme is the acquisition of some of the key technical skills that are required by the professions, such as fault finding, cable construction and soldering, patchbays, signal paths and Apple's Mac OS.

Course introduction

The MA Sound Production at Edinburgh Napier University has had wide-ranging success in providing high quality post-graduate education in sound production, with graduates of the course working thoughout the industry.

Based in Scotland’s capital city that annually plays host to the biggest arts festival in the world, we are proud of the music school’s continuous innovation and improvement since its establishment in 1968.

What you'll learn

Over the course of the twelve-month programme you will study:

Studio Engineering
Developing industry-standard workflows in analogue and digital recording techniques.

Live Sound
Developing skills in sound system design, application and operation.

Research in Sound Production
Developing skills and knowledge required to undertake research into creative and academic practice in the field of audio production.

Audio System Design
Researching and investigating future technologies and low-latency audio transfer.

Advanced Professional Accreditation
Offering the opportunity to gain Avid’s 310M Expert-level accreditation in the use of Pro Tools Digital Audio Workstation. This technical knowledge is supported with practical and contextual information.

Broadcast Sound
Working in collaboration across the School of Arts and Creative Industries, investigation techniques for production of radio drama.

Major Project
A final three-month, 60-credit module representing the culmination of your study. This module allows you to utilise the tools, techniques, insight and confidence that you have developed throughout the Masters programme. It is your chance to develop work that can be used as a creative sample when approaching potential employers or clients.


Graduates of Edinburgh Napier MA Sound Production are now working throughout the industry; alumni include:

- lecturer at The Harris Institute, Toronto, Canada’s principal college of audio technology
- Sound engineer on several released recordings, including a Scottish Album of the Year nominee
- Employee of Focusrite, an international industry-leading, award-winning audio technology company based in the United Kingdom
- Location sound recordist, working on big budget movies internationally
- live sound engineers at venues throughout the UK and touring internationally
- Sound editor at The Dub Stage film sound facility, Hollywood, Los Angeles
- BBC engineers at Pacific Quay, Glasgow
- Technician at the Screen and Media Academy at Edinburgh Napier University

You can check out our Twitter page here (https://twitter.com/SoundProNapier)

Visit the Sound Production (MA) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above or equivalent in a relevant subject. In addition, Avid Pro Tool 210M qualification is required and can be studied at Edinburgh Napier University over the summer, prior to the start of the course. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

Course Fees

Please see View Website for up-to-date fee & funding information.

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