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Creative Sound Production

Next start date: September 

Playstation First

Degree type: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: JG94 BA/CSP
Duration: 2 years (full-time)


 

Intro


How to Apply

Note: This is a top-up programme and entry is only available from year 3 upwards.

Why choose this course?

  • Created in response to market needs identified by the Sector Skills Council
  • Develops skills, creative industry knowledge, general business awareness and production for new media with access to industry-standard production facilities 
  • Work on a range of real-world projects and applications
  • Full industry accreditation by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Services)

The course is intended to create audio specialists who are able to use sound creatively in a variety of media contexts with advanced problem-solving skills and critical awareness underpinned by accomplished technical abilities. Creative thinking, audio technology, animation, cinematography and narrative structure are recurrent topics throughout the course. As well as acquiring essential production skills, students will develop presentation and interpersonal skills, which are greatly appreciated by employers and a vital component of working with clients and producing to a brief.

What you study

If you would like to develop your sound production skills to produce for radio, film or computer games, then this course could be for you. With the explosion in digital media distribution there is an increasing demand for expertise in the sonic arts, and graduates who are equipped not only with the technical savvy, but also the creative vision to use sound and music as a creative tool will be well-equipped to service that demand. You will explore the use of sound and music in a variety of media including the use of sound effects and Foley in games, animation, films and radio as well as the use of sound and music for interactive media.

What you study
This course focuses strongly on the applications of sound and music to games and electronic entertainment, interactive music and audio, web and traditional broadcast media, film, TV, and animation sectors, and as such provides opportunities for students to apply their professional-level production skills to a range of different media contexts.

In third year, students work on a variety of projects, including writing, casting and producing a radio drama; developing sound effects libraries for games; designing and implementing software synthesizers; working in production teams to deliver interactive audio content for an online marketing campaign and exploring how sound and music work alongside the moving image. Students also work as part of a larger production team with programmers and artists on a large-scale creative project working directly for an industry client.

The fourth (Honours) year gives you the opportunity to undertake a significant and sustained individual development project which focuses on a current ‘hot-topic’ in the sound sector. Working with staff and other students, you will identify and develop a particular area of study and develop this into a full-scale project supported by a dissertation.

How you learn and are assessed
You will spend an average of 15 hours per week in lectures/studio-based activities.  Lectures are used to present the key concepts, theories and techniques throughout the course.  Studio-based activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in artistic and technical skills.
During the course you will also be required to actively participate in discussion groups, lectures, practical tutorials and private study.  All modules use project-based, creative, problem solving exercises that require detailed research, idea generation and concept development resulting in the creation of a digital sound piece.

Entry routes

Year 3
HND in sound production or equivalent (with B or better in the graded unit).

English and Maths: All applicants must have passes in English and Maths in any of the following: SQA Standard Grade 1-3, National 5 grade A-C, Intermediate 2 grade A-B, GCSE grade A-C.

If you are currently at college, please also refer to our   page.

Overseas/EU
All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

Course content

Year 3
Module Code
Module Title
Core/Option
Semester
Credits
 
AG0925A
Analysing popular music: production and consumption
Core
Semester 1
15
AG0920A
Audio Production Methods
Core
Semester 2
15
AG0926A
Audio for Games
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
AG0980A
Professional Project
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
AG0927A
Synthesis and Sonic Art
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
 


Year 4
Module Code
Module Title
Core/Option
Semester
Credits
 
AG1086A
Concept Development
Core
Semester 1
15
AG1084A
Honours Project
Core
Semester 2
30
AG1085A
Pre-Production
Core
Semester 1
15
AG1064A
Professional Practice
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
AG1087A
Research Methods and Dissertation
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
 


Information on course structures and modules is drawn from 2014/5 data and may be subject to change without prior notification. Students who are registering with us will be provided with the up to date information on their course structure in order to allow them to register on the appropriate modules

More info

Career prospects
With the transition from analogue to digital broadcast in full swing, there have never been more opportunities for creative producers. New television and radio stations, online advertising and computer games and interactive entertainment are all crying out for high-quality digital sound content.

On graduating, you will be well-placed to negotiate the fast-paced creative sector, with a wide range of communication and problem-solving skills to support high-level production skills.

Previous students have gone on to work in a variety of roles, including lead audio production roles in the games industry, production and engineering roles in the entertainment sector and a number have set up their own successful studios and sound installation companies.

The course also prepares you well for further study and a number of students have gone on to study at masters level in the UK and Europe.

Professional accreditation
The course has been accredited by JAMES, the educational arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS).

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081
E:  sro@abertay.ac.uk 

Fees & Scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish
students

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

Fees shown are payable annually, and may be subject to increase each year.


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