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Music and Sound Design

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

UCAS Tariff

64

64 Tariff Points from accepted Level 3 qualifications.

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Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Cinematics

Are you an aspiring musician, sound designer or composer looking to develop your production skills? With access to cutting-edge equipment, the course looks at the creation and production of sound and music across different contexts and industries, such as film, television, games and immersive media, music performance and live events, and the sonic arts.

Students develop skills in critical listening, editing, arranging, composing and producing. They will learn to apply the technical and creative aspects of sound and music production to a project-based environment.

This course is for aspiring music and audio producers, sound designers, musicians and composers, and sonic artists who wish to develop their sound and music production skills and apply them in a wide range of careers in the creative industries.

You will develop specialisms which could include audio production, sound engineering, sound design, songwriting, composition, and soundtrack creation for film, television, games and immersive media (VR/AR). The course is practically focused and will enable you to work creatively with sound and music in direct preparation for work in the creative industries.

You will develop knowledge and the mindsets and skillsets to support your own creativity, including critical listening, editing, arranging, composing, producing, technical and storytelling skills.

You will get an understanding of audio, sound arts and music as distinct specialisms, as well as how they intersect with storytelling and the moving image. Ultimately, you will be encouraged to apply the technical and creative aspects of sound and music production in a project-based learning environment.

Collaboration is at the heart of the course and students will undertake project briefs with other students to realise projects as part of a team. Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring a strong industry perspective throughout the course.

Modules

Year 1:
Students will build skills in sound and music production, studio and location recording, electronic arrangement, composition, editing and postproduction.
They will begin to think about their own music composition and sound design, building confidence by working to set briefs. They will also gain a fundamental knowledge of the industry and the varied opportunities for work they will be aiming for.
We encourage students to start thinking about their contextual studies research.

Year 2:
Students will gain a greater understanding of equipment and software and think about the specialist areas of music composition and sound design in which they are used.
This will allow them to enhance their practice and develop their own approach based on standard industry workflows.
Students will engage in creative briefs that encourage them to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a team.

Year 3:
Students will bring their learning together in a final portfolio of skills.
Alongside this, they will complete a self-initiated project. We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. The final portfolio will act as a showreel or promotional tool for entry into the industry.

Assessment methods

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,500
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Ravensbourne University London

Department:

Ravensbourne

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

39%
low
Cinematics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
70%
Staff are good at explaining things
58%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

46%
Library resources
52%
IT resources
50%
Course specific equipment and facilities
22%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics & photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

49%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Design occupations
7%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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