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Here at dBs Music, we are always striving to be out of the ordinary, providing our students with something special and unique. One of the newest additions to our range of advanced level degrees this course is truly groundbreaking and the first of its kind in the UK; a brand new, state-of-the-art games sound design course created to meet the demand of the rapidly expanding multi-billion pound games and apps industry.

Gone are the days when game sounds were only beeps and tones (think Pac Man circa 1980), game audio has grown to be a genre in its own right, on par with movie and TV soundtracks – in fact, since 2010 the Ivor Novello awards have included a category for best original video game score.

Meet one of the core tutors here.


Based at our brand new media facility in the heart of Bristol, boasting 10 fully equipped studios, Live room, Foley studio, Surround Sound suite and a Lecture Theatre with HD Projector, 5:1 Genelec Surround Sound and PS4.  Whether it’s our classic mixing desks, the very latest software plug-ins or our mountain of hardware, you are guaranteed to get your hands on practical experience on the very best industry standard gear. Our Bristol HE Centre is the only education facility in the UK to house an API 1608 Recording Console - this means that our students are the only UK students that can qualify for the API Visionary Scholarship Program.

The best thing about this course is the emphasis on putting us on the forefront of new developments in software, industry trends etc.
— Oli Rhodes, 2nd Year Student


Gaming is a $50billion industry and is growing fast. There are numerous points of entry including roles like

  • Sound Designer
  • Composer for games,
  • Interactive Developer
  • Audio Programmer
  • Sound Library Producer
  • Audio Consultant

For more information about the games industry check out some of these websites:

There are also a raft of other music/audio production roles that graduates of this course would be very suitable for.

  • Producer
  • Musician
  • Composer for film/tv
  • Sound Designer for film/tv
  • Studio Technician


This course is for the incredibly focused and ambitious student who wants to enter the industry at the highest level.

UCAS Points: 112 UCAS Points

Equivalent qualifications: BBC in A-Levels / DMM BTEC Level 3

Applicants also must have GCSE English Language at C or above. Other similar qualifications may be considered on an individual basis.

If you fall short of points you might want to consider our FdA Music & Sound Production. If you do not have A-Levels or a BTEC check out our ACCESS TO HE Diploma.


This course includes modules on:

Year 1

  • Sound, Image, Theories & Philosophies
  • Middleware Audio Integration 1
  • Music Composition and Scoring
  • Audio Assets: Acquisition and Management
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Sound Design for Games & Apps

Year 2

  • Creative Coding
  • Immersive Sound
  • Studio Techniques
  • Procedural Audio
  • Middleware Audio Integration 2
  • The Creative Practitioner

Year 3

  • Psychology of Sound
  • Innovation in Sound Practice
  • Honours Project
  • Research Methods
  • Portfolio Production


Apply for this course through the UCAS website.

Course Code: B5M7

Institution Code: P63



Course fees for 2017/18 £9000 per year

Most students will be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of your course, there are also grants and loans available to help you cover living costs too.

We understand figuring out student finance can be a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call. Alternatively visit for information and guidance on completing your application.

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