Postgraduate MA

Sound Design

If you’re new to the field or already working in industry, this course will foster your talent and develop your skills in planning, creation and manipulation of audio soundtracks.

Sound Design

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

With a focus on sound design for film and television, this course will allow you to explore the capture of on-location production sound and studio-based post-production activity.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Create soundtracks for live action film and animation for a variety of platforms and contexts
  • Engage with film and sound studies theory
  • Develop technical and practical skills in the area of composition and post-production
  • Collaborate and negotiate with fellow music students as well as with peers in the wider school including film, dance and performance
  • Have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to sound production for radio and podcasting

Hands-on experience
You’ll be guided by a highly skilled teaching team as well as visiting professionals with extensive industry experience. Through close ties with the university’s Northern Film School, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with fellow students at all stages of the filmmaking process – including shooting, editing and post-production. 

This hands-on experience will be complemented by academic and practical studies in sound design.

Creative exploration
The brand-new Leeds School of Arts building features a wealth of outstanding specialist facilities. You’ll have use of professional-grade studios dedicated to foley and surround mixing including Dolby Atmos. You’ll also have access to:

  • A suite of high quality, professional music studios, approved by JAMES - the accrediting body of the Music Producers' Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Services
  • A 220-seat Dolby Atmos-accredited cinema
  • Additional performance spaces 

Access to these spaces plus links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to share your work with audiences.

Why study Sound Design at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Work with professional artists on our artist in residence programme
  2. Links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations
  3. Opportunities to practise the skills you are developing in a live setting
  4. Collaborate with MA Filmmaking students on all stages of the filmmaking process, including shooting, editing and post-production
  5. Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north
  6. Access to dedicated music studios; Foley studios; dubbing and music recording studios; acoustic labs and a host of post-production suites

Leeds School of Arts ‘When I feel like I’m sinking’ is a poem to mark the opening of the Leeds School of Arts building at Leeds Beckett University. Recited by the poet and Leeds Beckett graduate, Zodwa Nyoni, this short film showcases the creative work produced by our Performing Arts, Music and Sound, Filmmaking, and Creative Technologies students and graduates.

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