Are you thinking about studying abroad? You're eligible to take our survey and get a chance to win a pair of Apple Airpods Pro!

3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
High Wycombe

About this program

Sound Design

BSc Sound Design is for those with a fascination for sound and the creative use of audio technology. Building on a base of studio and music production skills, the course reaches beyond this and into alternative areas of sound.

In the studio, and beyond

This specialist course provides a firm foundation in the sound design technologies and techniques used in industry. You’ll spend much of your time in our professional-standard audio studios and live sound facilities, working with experts to develop your recording and mixing techniques. Plus you’ll gain experience with sound design software, synthesis and programming in pursuing the latest avenues of digital audio production.

Sound is all around

Sound Design is about more than music. Film, animation, radio, theatre, and computer games for example, all rely on compelling sound design in creating the sonic world for a production. In addition to this, creators are producing work in a range of emerging media, such as the design of 3D audio for new immersive formats like Virtual Reality (VR).

You’ll have the opportunity to work hands-on with projects across all of these areas, learning about newly emerging practices and studio technologies, and preparing you for professional work as a creative sound practitioner.

A production house environment

Creating sound doesn’t happen in isolation. You’ll work in a production-house style environment, collaborating frequently with students from our other courses and with external partners on live projects.

You might design sounds to accompany an animated creature created in theUniversity’s motion-capture studio. Or work with Film & TV Production students to produce sound and music for a sci-fi scene. Or implement sound using game engine tools with our games development students.

Honing your skills on real projects, you’ll build an extensive portfolio of work examples and experiences you can use to establish and market yourself at a professional level.

Admission requirements

Who is it for?

This degree Program provides a practical, theoretical and creative grounding in sound design and will appeal to those with a passion for sound. You don’t need to be musically trained. You’ll learn the skills you’ll need for a career in the industry.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

Does this course require proof of English proficiency?

The TOEFL iBT® test is accepted by 11,500 universities and higher education institutions in over 160 countries. Book your test today!

Learn more Advertisement

Program content

Year 1 Modules

  • Audio Production Technologies
  • Introduction to Live Audio - Analogue
  • Introduction to Live Audio - Digital
  • Computer Programming: Max Data
  • Computer Programming: Max Digital Signal Processing
  • Audio Production Practice
  • Introduction to Recording
  • Introduction to Pro Tools

Year 2 Modules

  • Audio Production Techniques: Live
  • Sound for Vision
  • Media Production Project
  • Sound Design for Games, VR, and Non-linear media 1
  • Audio Production Techniques: Studio

Year 3 Modules

  • Sound Design for Games, VR, and Non-linear media 2
  • Professional Practice Research Project
  • Production Company Project
  • Sound Design
  • Research Methods


Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees

  • Home and EU: £9,250 per year
  • International: £12,500 per year

Continuing studies

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Career paths

What are my career prospects?

As a graduate of this course, you will be in a great position to pursue a career within sound. Our graduates have a strong track record in securing work in this highly competitive field, working for studios such as Halo Post-production, Technicolor, Warner Bros De Lane Lea, Goldcrest, and Voiceover Soho, or for film crew providers Transmission TX, Computer games producers like TT Games, Outside Broadcast facilities including CTV, live event sound crews such as Britannia Row, TV production companies like Boundless Productions and Vice Media, audio suppliers Sennheiser and Focusrite, and broadcasters including Sky Television and the BBC.

The audio and wider skills you develop will also be applicable to further industry areas, allowing you to pursue employment across the creative sector and beyond.

About this institute

Buckinghamshire New University

“Shortlisted in the International category of WhatUni Students’ Choice Awards 2019’’ With a rich 125-year history, Buckinghamshire New University offers high quality, employment-focused degree programmes in a wide range of subject areas, from pilot training to business, and nursing and...

Read more about this school

Contact info

Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom


Be the first to write a review!