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BSc (Hons) Sound for Film, TV and Games

Solent University
Length: 3 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Location: Southampton
Language: English
Price: 12,500 GBP excl. VAT

Program description

Program description

BSc (Hons) Sound for Film, TV and Games

The rapid growth of the gaming industry, the increasing accessibility of VR and continued demand for spatial audio in media products has made effective sound design more essential than ever to the success of a production. Whether you want to pursue a career in film, television or gaming, this three-year degree programme will help you to develop the creative skills and technical know-how required to succeed as an audio specialist.

As a sound design student, your hands-on training will see you making use of Solent’s wide range of specialist audio production facilities. These include one of the only private Dolby Atmos™ cinemas in Europe, fully equipped ProTools HD recording studios, professional audio laboratories and a hemi-anechoic chamber equipped with a range of National Instruments data acquisition/analysis systems.

Solent’s sound for film, TV and games curriculum is designed to help you specialise your knowledge towards specific career pathways, preparing you for work in either creative or technical roles. As well as choosing from a range of optional units, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a major independent research project. This research project will allow you to take an in-depth look at an area of the industry that interests you - acting as a springboard into either your first graduate role or further high-level study.

Another important element of the course is collaborative project work. During your studies you will take part in shared units, live briefs and client projects alongside students from other media disciplines. This will introduce you to industry methods of working and help you to build a portfolio/showreel of fully-realised creative projects. Past projects have included mobile games, documentaries, dramas and on-location live broadcasts.

Students study a curriculum that blends creative skills with technical know-how, allowing ample opportunity for students to tailor their knowledge towards specific career pathways.

What does this course lead to?

There are a wide range of careers open to graduates with a good blend of technical and creative sound design skills. These include roles in the film, TV and computer games industries, as well as in cinema installation and design, audio systems design, music recording and production.

During the course, students will have the opportunity to specialise in specific areas of audio design and sound production – perfect for those with a specific career pathway in mind.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for candidates who aspire to careers in audio engineering, particularly those who would like to work within the media industries. Students should be passionate about sound design and willing to work with a range of technologies. 

Admission requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Applicants must attend an interview as part of the application process.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees:£9,250 per year
International full-time fees:£12,500 per year 

For further information, please visit ourtuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 other costs were:

Compulsory costs

You will be required to purchase a scientific calculator to undertake modules on audio technology and acoustics. An appropriate model costs around £10.

Optional costs

The ProTools 101 course is integrated into the first year ‘introduction to Studio Recording’ module. Course materials cost £25.

The ProTools 110 course is available subject to demand as an extra-curricular course, and costs £180.

Program content

Year one

Core units

  • Introduction to Studio Recording
  • Video Production Techniques
  • Acoustics and Recording
  • Sound Design
  • Signals and Sources
  • Computing Fundamentals

Year two

Core units

  • Sound for Video and Computer Games
  • Media Formats
  • Audio Systems
  • Fiction Production
  • Managing Projects


  • Television Operations
  • Post Production 1
  • Experimental Music Production

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units

  • Advanced Sound Design
  • Live Project Brief
  • Audio Post Production
  • Media Technology Project


  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Cinema Technologies
  • Languages
  • Music for Video and Computer Games
  • Broadcast Distribution Technologies

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Click to find out more about bursaries and scholarships 

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