SOUND FOR GAMES & APPS
3 YEARS | BA (HONS) UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
UCAS CODES Course code: B5M7 Institution code: P63
This course is for anyone determined to break into sound in the games industry and will give you the skills you need to work in sound design, audio post-production, audio implementation, audio management and beyond. You will be given an initial grounding in techniques and technologies associated with sound design for games and apps as well as being introduced to the emerging models of audio development within the rapidly expanding games industry.
The rapid technological developments around games and apps are core to this course in which you use the latest Game Engines, Middleware and related software. Implementing the latest audio SDK’s in conjunction with the freshest techniques and methods. Focused attention to the design and implementation of 2D and 3D sound, ambisonics, binaural recording and procedural audio for VR/AR environments whilst maintaining core studio and audio production techniques for industry.
+ YEAR 1
- Music Composition and Scoring
- Language of Music
- Introduction to Programming
- Game Audio Assets
- Sound Design for Games and Apps
- Game Portfolio
+ YEAR 2
- Studio Techniques
- Middleware Integration
- Procedural Audio
- Work Based Learning
- Surround Sound
+ YEAR 3
- Psychology of Sound
- Innovation in Game Sound
- Research Methods
- Portfolio Production
- Honours Project
Based at our brand new media facility in the heart of Bristol, boasting 11 world-class studios with API 1608 and SSL mixing desks, 5.1 dedicated studio with PMC monitors. 5.1 Lecture theatre/gaming room. Plus a vast array of microphones including ambisonic and holophone, portable recorders and dedicated Foley Room. Full VR/ AR Devices and setups available for study, research and play including Oculus and iOs products. Powered by Alienware Windows machines and Mac suites.
You can book a tour of our campuses here.
REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
Throughout the course, there are multiple opportunities for you to gain real world experience plus students can pitch for real projects through our in-house commercial arm, dBs Productions.
In Bristol alone, there are over 50 Game/VR business, and through places like the ‘Bristol Games Hub’ we endeavour to have you working on live briefs and getting out there into work. As part of the second year you undertake work based learning in which you utilise these connections for you to gain experience before graduating.
You will learn from lecturers who are actively working and connected to the industry through production, composition, sound design, interactive audio and musical app development projects and have worked with Sony, Samsung, Reality Jockey (RJDJ), Hospital Records and Lego.
The course also benefits from our extensive guest lecture programme, meeting leading industry professionals ranging from respected producers, specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies to record label and game audio specialists such as Alastair Lindsay, Head of Music at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and Robert Thomas who has worked on huge projects like the Inception movie app and Dark Knight app.
WHERE CAN I STUDY THIS COURSE?
HOW TO APPLY
Formal applications for this course are made through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature and EU students. To help you through this process we’ve put together a useful Guide to Applying Through UCAS
For further advice on the application process or for more course details contact our admissions team here
Alternatively you can start your initial application by hitting the button below, fill in your details and a member of our admissions team will be in touch.
+ CAREER POTENTIAL
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
There are also a vast range of other music/audio production roles that graduates of this course would be very suitable for.
+ ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
UCAS Points: 112 Points from:
- Level 3 Diplomas
- Or an equivalent qualification
- If applying from outside the UK please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications.
Check this UCAS Point Calculator to see how many points you have.
If you do not hold the minimum entry requirements but can demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation you will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for further details. If you do not have any UCAS points, check out our ACCESS TO HE Diploma.
UK Applicants must have GCSE English Language at C or above, or an equivalent qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language must have:
IELTS, minimum of 6.0 in each category (within the last 2 years) or an equivalent qualification.
+ COURSE FEES & STUDENT FINANCE
The tuition fees for the 2019/2020 academic year:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
Students on this course are also official students of the University of St Mark & St John, our validating university, and can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your course. There are also loans available to help you cover living costs too.
We understand that figuring out student finance can be a bit of a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call on 0333 344 2243.
Alternatively, visit gov.uk/student-finance for some further information.