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.
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 that could include audio production, sound engineering, sound design, songwriting, composition, and soundtrack creation for film, television, games and immersive media (VR/AR).
What can this course do for me?
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.
"I would encourage students to take full advantage of the additional lectures and masterclasses as well as available industry networking opportunities. These were really valuable in developing my theoretical and practical skills."—Jacopo Consonni , Sound Design BA (Hons) graduate
Top reasons to apply
Develop specialisms that could include composition, production, sound engineering, songwriting.
Practically focused course which will enable students to work creatively with sound and music.
Direct preparation for work in the creative industries.
Collaborative course in which students undertake briefs as part of a team.
Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring a strong industry perspective throughout the course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Key study topics
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.
Music technology is a continually developing field that’s key to the creative industries. Students can benefit from a number of opportunities after graduation including work in composition, production, sound engineering, songwriting and creating soundtracks for film, television and games.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
International students will be required to have IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 or above, or TOEFL with an overall score of 72 or above.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work that shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.