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Bath Spa University

Bath , England ,United Kingdom

M.A.- Sound Design

Overview 

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. Subject areas include:

  • Sound sculpting, processing, and synthesis
  • The language and aesthetics of sound design
  • Storytelling and dramaturgy.

This is in addition to a wide range of more conventional post-production skillsets such as:

  • Sound editing
  • Foley and field recording
  • Production workflows
  • Track-laying
  • Dubbing mixing
  • Surround sound and VR audio.

You won’t be expected to cover all of these areas. You’ll be able to use the course to develop an individually-tailored portfolio of skills, experience and top-level work across them.

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), which allow further specialism in these areas.

Course Structure 

Trimester one

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, but that students entering the course have differing skillsets depending on background. 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. It is designed to give you the tools for an onward journey in academia, but not to be, in the colloquial sense, "academic". It encourages your research to be around the practical and creative elements core to your practice, and therefore to feed your creative work.

Trimester two

Builds on the knowledge and skills gained in trimester one.

The core module in the second trimester is the Sound Design Practice module. It explores the creative and practical application of Sound Design within a visual narrative and storytelling context. A particular focus will be on the potential of using sound as a tool for narrative storytelling as well as a vehicle to communicate meaning. The module also involves advanced sound sculpting and processing techniques.

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.

Trimester three

You’ll complete the course with an independent research project. While most postgraduate courses include a dissertation, MA Sound Design culminates with a large-scale practical project, supported by a reflective account.

The project will allow you to develop your own individual and original research area, through your practice. The exact nature of this work will be negotiated with the module leader. You’ll be able to use it to develop a body of practical work which will serve as a substantial portfolio for the next stage in your career.

Campus Information

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

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30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

We’ve got lots to share with you and to help we have split our work into three elements which will support you with:

  • Exploring your options
  • Gaining valuable experience
  • Progressing your ideas and career plans

At Bath Spa we believe you are continually exploring your options and experiencing different pathways to progression, but that this journey is not linear. It keeps on going throughout your time with us and when you leave. Some of our services cross all three areas and allow you to explore, experience and progress all in one, such as The Bath Spa Award.

We encourage you to read resources and attend events across all stages of Explore, Experience and Progress as they will offer beneficial insight and development opportunities regardless of the current stage you are at in your career journey.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Normally a Second Class honours degree.

Postgraduate

Normally a Bachelor's degree with honours and a good passing grade from an internationally recognised university or Higher Education institution
Other international qualifications to an equivalent standard will also be considered.

IELTS Academic 6.5 or 7.0

This must include a total of 75, to include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.

Our postgraduate courses have differing requirements depending on the course.  For specific information please see the course webpage.

For courses requiring IELTS 6.5, the PTE required score is 58 overall with at least 51 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

For courses requiring IELTS 7.0, the PTE required score is 67 overall with at least 62 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

We accept the LanguageCert International ESOL with an overall B2 Communicator Pass or High Pass (depending on the course)

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 15070 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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