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Looking to develop your skills in music production and sound design and gain the ability to carve out a career within the creative industries? In this course you will build on your knowledge and discover the wide range of opportunities that exist in electronic music production, and explore additional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations across other courses.
This specialism is taught by a team with extensive professional expertise in state-of- the-art facilities, enabling you to forge your own career path within a dynamic work environment. On completion of the course you will have the opportunity to showcase your creative production in the creative technologies show which evidences to employers that you are ready for a career in an ever-changing digital and technological landscape.
Students on the course take part in extra-curricular live music events, festivals and symposiums. We have staged concerts to showcase work in London, Berlin and on Twitch. Check out the latest from South Bank Sound Lab and alumni from the course.
Listen to music and interviews from LSBU Music and Sound Design students presented by Senior Lecturer, Adam Parkinson (aka Dane Law). From industrial techno and grime to Shakespearian soundwalk and music made using a video game engine!
Music and Sound Design gave me the skills and knowledge to expand my skillset and pursue any career aspirations. Before studying at LSBU, I had never attempted any form of computer programming and was actively intimidated by the thought, but now it has taken a central role in my creative and technological practices. This would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of my tutors, who were always pushing me towards these new skills and knowledge.
Chris Holtum, BA (Hons) Sound Design
This course prepares you to work as a music and sound design specialist within the dynamic environment of the creative industries. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of work that highlights your expertise, providing you with a competitive advantage in the world of work.
There will be an inter-disciplinary first semester where you will work collaboratively on real world projects with students studying media production, game design & development, and photography & imaging to enhance your digital media production skills and to develop your ability to work effectively in a team and on project planning. In the second semester of your first year you will then focus fully on music and sound design gaining specialist skills, but still with opportunities to collaborate with students on other creative technology courses in subsequent years of study.
Your practice will be underpinned by a critical exploration of how music and sound resonate through culture and influences our perception of media artefacts. This will help you to articulate the intentions of your work through independent thinking and a deeper understanding of related concepts.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 100% coursework.
The modules were the right mix of theory and practical experience which was a crucial part of my decision. The chance to learn from well-respected lecturers was also really important, as was using facilities I would be expected to understand in the industry.
Nate Gallardo, BA (Hons) Sound Design (2013)
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
The course team are actively involved as practitioners in electronic music and sound design, as well as consulting on studio design projects. They are actively engaged in world-leading research in the field of sonic culture, ensuring a forward-looking course.
We maintain close links with industry and regularly invite guest speakers and alumni to share their experiences. Recent speakers include:
Throughout the course we encourage students to gain work experience through collaborations with industry partners, through workshops, collaborations and live briefs. We can provide advice when applying for work placements or internships. Below are some of the companies our students have worked with:
You’ll cover music production, film sound, game audio and studio practice.
Your practical work will be supported by a dedicated teaching team with extensive experience across a range disciplines in music and sound production and you’ll have access to cutting-edge studio facilities, editing suites and sound recording equipment. The main software used on the course include:
The course is currently being delivered using a blend of online and on-campus activity. Students are provided with access to the software required on the course and will be able to access facilities and equipment in line with university regulations.
Your Lecturers are leading practitioners and world-leading researchers in their fields, so everything we do is ahead of the pack and industry relevant. Inspiring guest speakers from renowned record labels, studios and production houses will give you further industry insight and build your professional connections
Our studio techs are experienced producers and sound engineers who will be on-hand to support your studio sessions.
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As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a personal tutor. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will meet your tutor at least twice a semester throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support via our dedicated communication app, Slack.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
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Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.
Chris describes how his time on the course shifted his career aspirations and provided him with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.
This blog from Welcome Week was written by Carlos Evans-Godoy, who recently graduated with a BA/BSc in Games Design and Development.
Student entrepreneur and Sound Design student Chris Underdown developed music recommendation app Choosic with help from Student Enterprise at LSBU
Nate Gallardo, BA (Hons) Sound Design, was awarded the Art and Media Head of Department's Prize for Outstanding Achievement in his final year and now works full time as a sound designer at If You Can Company.
Eight laboratories with the major software packages used in media production