Sound Design BA (Hons)

BA Sound Design

This course will develop your existing sound and music production skills. By the end of the degree you’ll be able to work across a range of different industries, and be versatile to adapt as the music and media industries develop. 

This course will develop sound designers with strong creative and technical skills that will enable portfolio careers, working for a number of employers in a broad range of sound and music mediums.

Graduates can expect to find employment in a wide range of roles, for example: sound design in radio, film, television, theatre, video games, animation or web production, sound engineering, sound recording, audio post-production, sound composition, installation and sonic arts.

You will learn through tutorials, master classes, workshops, work experience and a mix of group and individual projects.

About this course


3 years full time


Tuition fee and Scholarship/bursary information

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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

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Key study topics

  • Sound design for film and television - dialogue, ADR, Foley, sound effects editing and mixing (including 5.1) creative sound design.

  • Sound design for games and animation - Sound design for linear and non-linear media, including audio implementation in Unity, Wwise and FMOD for games.

  • Sound recording - field recording, location recording for film and TV, Foley and ADR recording in studio environments.

  • Sonic arts - creative and conceptual approaches to experimental sound design.

  • Storytelling with sound - Using sound design to support narrative and underscore scenes as with music.
  • Creative Collaboration - working with Ravensbourne Film and TV students in real roles on live projects.


What made the course appealing to me was that it was unique in providing a strictly sound for media focus, rather than just a dime-a-dozen music tech course or an art-based course.
 The professional standards that the course provides in terms of equipment was what gave me a good first impression, with the desks being the same ones many top facilities around the world have.
 The course is a major stepping stone into the real world of sound for media. I'm having a lot of fun, whilst working on lots of projects. But the course is what you make of it, the more passion you have for audio, the better it becomes!Gareth Wood, BA (Hons) Sound Design

"Throughout my 3 years at Ravensbourne, the course modules have touched on many areas of sound design and post production audio which has allowed me to grow and develop as a sound designer. the university has excellent facilities and the lecturers are incredibly knowledgable and are always open to teach and help each student. Now that i have finished my degree i feel incredibly confident that i am capable to working in many fields of audio design for film television and games and this is due to the sound design degree and its varied and interesting course modules."Sean Miller, graduate 2016

What the next three years will look like

You will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work, including essays and a range of individual or group artefacts, presentations, projects and reports that focus on practical and business skills.

Year 1

You will study: sound theory; culture and design; the sound industry; radio production; music studio recording and post-production, and contextual studies.

Year 2

You will study: music and sound for interactive media 1; modes of production; creative collaboration; sound design for factual programming; music and sound for moving image and film, and dissertation preparation.

Year 3

You will study: dissertation; sound and music for interactive media 2; sonic art; major project portfolio; major project, and negotiated individual project.


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA/MSc Broadcast Futures.

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