BA (Hons) Sound Design

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Sound Design is the creation and manipulation of sound for film, television and multimedia. This course is for aspiring sound designers who wish to develop audio technology skills with the aim of working across a number of the creative industries.

This course is practically focused and will develop sound designers with strong creative, technical and storytelling skills. Students gain a sense of how the industry works and an awareness of the craft and collaborative aspects of sound design. You will study through a combination of practice and theory-based learning. Teaching staff and visiting professionals will bring an industry perspective to the course.

Sound designers work in creating and delivering soundtracks for radio, film, television, theatre, video games, animation and web production.



Course details



3 years full time

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Validating body
University of the Arts London (UAL)

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

Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk


  • Film and TV music composition
  • Music production for videogames and interactive media
  • Recording studio engineers
  • Music composition and production for live performance and theatre
  • Music arrangers
  • Performing musicians
  • Musical rights
  • Events management

What your course 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 build skills in radio production, music studio recording and sound post-production. Alongside this, you will think about sound in relation to moving image and build confidence and creativity in sound designing for set briefs. We also encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research.

Year 2

You will gain a greater understanding of equipment and software and think about the specialist areas of sound design in which they are used. This will allow you to enhance your practice and develop your approach based on standard industry workflows. We set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a production team.

Year 3

You will bring your learning together in a final major sound design portfolio of skills. Alongside this, you will complete a self-initiated project. We ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. The final portfolio will act as a showreel for entry into the industry.


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


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Key Information Sets

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.

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