BSc (Hons) Sound Design

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Sound Design BSc (Hons)

Specialise in a range of Sound Design disciplines including: Art, VR/AR/MR, Film, Products, Radio, Television, Theatre and Games


If you have a passion for sound, and would like to learn how to design it so that it is seamlessly integrated into media, products or environments, then this degree will help you develop an in-depth understanding and the practical skills to design and evaluate effective sound for listeners.

Both linear and interactive media are addressed as well as products and environments, with students studying sound design for fields such as animation, audio books, augmented/mixed reality, computing, food, film, radio, robotics, television, theatre, vehicles, video games and virtual reality. This course allows you to specialise in your chosen discipline, and then work towards creating an appropriate portfolio, whilst gaining valuable contacts who could help you during your transition from study to a professional career.

Studying Sound Design will allow you to collaborate with students on Acting, Digital Media, Film, Games Development and Television degrees. We also have an extensive range of online guest lectures from internationally recognised Sound Designers.

Mode of Study:



4 years

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Course details

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Lectures, practical sessions and tutorials

  • note and pen Assessments

    Coursework 95%, exams 5%.

  • library Facilities We have a dedicated Digital Media Lab, and students have access to borrow our Portable Audio Equipment.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Being Digital
  • Producing Digital
  • Experiencing the Digital City
  • Programming for Interactive Media and Design
  • Sound Theory 1 and Sound Theory 2

Year 2

  • Audio Internship
  • Digital Video Development
  • Playful Interaction
  • Practical Interaction Design
  • Sound Production 1
  • Sound Production 2

Year 3

  • Digital Storytelling
  • Group Project
  • Interactive Audio
  • Responsive Environments
  • Sound Design 1
  • Sound Design 2

Year 4

  • Creative Computing
  • Creative Computing Internship
  • Honours Project
  • Listeners
  • Professional Identity through Portfolio Development


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB to include one of the following subjects: Art & Design, Design, Media, Photography, Music or Graphic Communication

National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include one of the following subjects: Art & Design, Design, Media,  Photography, Music or Graphic Communication

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies

A Level

BCC to include one of the following subjects: Art & Design, Fine Art, Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include one of the following subjects: Art or Music

Ordinary Level Maths and English at C2.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include one of the following subjects: Art or Music

Ordinary Level Maths and English at O4.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject: Art & Design, Creative Digital Media Production, Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include one of the following subjects: Film, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts at minimum grade 5.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

Minimum year 3


Pass in a related subject with grades B at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

Places are limited and students should anticipate a rigorous selection process, including interview.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 tba
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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Career opportunities include:

  • Audio Programmer
  • Boom Operator
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Dubbing/Rerecording Mixer
  • Film and Television Sound Designer
  • Foley Artist/Editor
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Radio Sound Designer
  • Sound Archivist/Cataloguer/Librarian
  • Sound Artist
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Lecturer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Sound Researcher
  • Sound Supervisor
  • Sound Technician
  • Video Game Sound Designer
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