Explore and define your creative voice as a sound designer, audio specialist, and music-making practitioner for film, TV, animation, games, apps, VR and other immersive multimedia formats.
Develop your creative identity and gain comprehensive knowledge of the technical skills and creative techniques required to work as a professional sound designer and music composer for the multifaceted media industry.
Learn how to ideate, design and deliver distinct sound palettes and original musical pieces in a programme that prepares you for both linear media formats, such as music scoring for film, television, animations as well as the evolving area of non-linear media formats, such as sound design for video games, interactive installations or immersive technologies, digital medias and sound art.
From studio recording, linear and non-linear composition and arrangement to mixing, sequencing, sound design and synchronisation, this hands-on and highly collaborative course is designed to give you valuable experience from day one. Working closely with our film production and visual effects students, you'll gain experience in providing creative and technical sound and music solutions for short film scores, theatre sounds, as well as interactive and immersive installation work.
Gain access to professional music and film production studios, all sorts of analog, electronic and digital music-making tools, as well as the industry-standard software you’ll need to make any creative idea come to life.
Throughout this course you’ll be building a unique portfolio of highly creative and industry-relevant work as you take on a range of creative roles in the music production and sound design process for a wealth of multimedia formats. Steer your creative interests and personal ambition towards your chosen area of specialisation from early on, thanks to our project-based curriculum and tailored approach to learning.
Our Music and Sound Design for Visual Media course is designed to give you the technical skills and creative insight needed to deliver quality musical work and to overcome the challenges of any new creative or technical project or workflow that comes your way.
You’ll be challenged on a regular basis to provide creative and technical sound and music solutions for countless media productions, from short film scores, theatre sounds, to gaming, interactive technologies and immersive installation work.
Our workshops and seminars are designed to help you grow a professional and creative toolkit that will enable you to:
- Understand the audio production and media industries with specific reference to self-production, autonomy, entrepreneurship, marketing and enterprise
- Effectively identify and utilise suitable software and hardware tools for a specified brief
- Develop a critical perspective of the broader field of creative sound and music practice and its relationship with media culture
- Understand the impact of specific technologies on the music composition, production and sound engineering process
- Know how to plan, develop and problem-solve in both academic, and practice-led projects
- Learn how to balance personal aesthetics with the requirements of an external client/collaborator
- Make your first steps towards a career in the film and media industry
Get support and guidance for your projects and assessments each semester. Our programme advisors will foster a sense of community and encourage dialogue between workshops, helping you develop a well-rounded artistic perspective.
Composition for Visual Media
Develop a foundation in composition, combining instrumental and electronic music within visual media. Gain essential skills in audiovisual storytelling and studio production, including voice-leading, ear-training, harmony, and audio/video sequencing. This first semester workshop unifies students with diverse interests and a wide-range of experience.
Get an overview of essential production tools and acquire hands-on experience in synthesis, sampling, audio effects, digital audio workstations and sequencing, as you start to develop your own distinctive palette.
Location Recording & Foley
Learn how to create realistic film scenes by capturing audio on location and in studio recordings. Master microphone and recording techniques for foley, ambience and diegetic audio.
Reading an Image
Gain a deeper understanding of the context of your work and its relationship with society and other creative disciplines. Think and see with a fresh perspective, connect sound and image, and develop a common language with collaborators and clients across various media.
Delve into curatorial practices and art direction, including music supervision, concert and exhibition concepts, festival direction and collaboration between artists, directors and curators. Understand the criteria, expectations and vocabulary within art direction in order to enhance your curatorial projects and readiness for briefs and commissions.
Spatial Practices and Sound Walks
Enrich your understanding of space-based artistic practices and learn how space can be approached from a meaningful, human perspective, beyond the technological possibilities of spatial audio and VR. Engage in off-site sound walk experiences and understand sound walks in the connection to acoustic ecology, artist-political movements such as Situationism, video games and augmented reality.
Orchestration and Instrumentation
Discover the impact of instrument and sound palette choices on composition legibility and mood – choices that create a meeting ground between composition and sound design elements. Work with analogue and digital workflows, incorporating percussion and non-pitched instruments.
Craft sound with electronic instruments, covering historical developments and modern sound design. Develop fundamental technical skills while being supported in independently bringing unique approaches to life.
Gain hands-on experience in organising, arranging, editing and exporting your work, while sharing a workflow with collaborators such as editors and directors. Learn how to customise workflows and develop skills in cleaning and editing audio, including dialogue recorded on location.
Get an introduction to current essential mixing tools and practices. Learn the basics of mixing, from organising mix structures to developing an awareness of spatial and dynamic elements.
Learn how to present your work through exhibitions, performances and mixed-reality formats in this theoretical and practical training ground. Put your understanding of the entire exhibition process into practice by collaborating with external venues and art spaces or creating your own platforms and interventions for public presentations.
Enhance your storytelling skills across a range of narrative devices, from storylines to purely visual or even audio-driven narratives. A primer in storytelling techniques across various media will strengthen your ability to reinforce and clarify a story, or to venture beyond tradition in pursuit of your own signature style.
Get guidance on how to present your creative and professional profiles effectively. Reflect on your unique attributes to connect with clients and audiences. Learn how to combine words and images that act as a shortcut for expressing your creative practice.
Year 1 goes wide, covering the foundations of sound design, music composition, post-production and arrangement. Year 2 goes deep as you build on the foundational knowledge of Year 1. Refine and hone your critical thinking and creative skills. Explore and expand your individual skill-set and creative approach as you dig even deeper into the techniques of studio production, game sound implementation as well as linear and non-linear composition.
- Audio production and sound engineering within the context of complex briefs and interdisciplinary project
- Learning to balance personal aesthetics with the requirements of an external client/collaborator
- Understanding of the key technical requirements and processes used for a specified creative practice and how those techniques adhere to industry standards
- Thorough planning, development and problem solving in both academic, and practice-led projects
Consolidate your technical practical skills. Define your creative vision and prepare to present it to the world. Produce and craft your own creative project from conceptualisation to public release. Actively collaborate with like minded individuals. Establish a professional framework and launch yourself in the music scene with empowering personalised projects that prepare you for the real world and your chosen path.
Throughout all 3 years of our programme you will be creating an wealth of material to build an industry-relevant portfolio, while broadening your perspective on the creative techniques and practices necessary to pursue your creative calling.
- Explore and define your own distinct and creative approach to sound design and music composition for linear and non-linear media formats
- Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative projects in a style that is appropriate to specific formats, styles and contexts
- Generate complex ideas, concepts and proposals independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or self-initiated projects
- Develop a range of creative composition, arrangement, production and engineering skills within the context of complete briefs set by external parties
- Understand the key technical requirements and processes used for a specified creative practice and accepted across the wider industry
- Develop new and innovative sound design and music composition methodologies
- Achieve an internationally recognised BA Hons degree in 2026
Challenged and inspired
Our Music and Sound Design for Visual Media programme is about working towards something bigger than an idea alone: it’s about working alongside other creative practitioners as sound specialists, creative visionaries and innovative technologists.
Through workshops and project based learning you will develop a critical perspective on the growing field of creative sound and music practice and its relationship with media culture. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of specific technologies on the music composition, production and sound engineering processes.
Spend three years working on a diverse range of sound/music projects across the media industry formats and develop an understanding of the software and hardware tools needed to complete specific briefs. By the end of this learning experience you will have built a media portfolio of high level work that will demonstrate and define your own unique and creative voice as a sound and music technician and artist.
Join a thriving industry
From Hollywood to Sundance, to Epic Games or the Webby awards, sound designers and specialists are gaining growing recognition for delivering iconic sounds across the media and filmmaking landscapes.
The growing need for professional sound design and music composition in the media and arts sectors is expanding alongside the gaming, social media, film and TV industries. This course responds directly to the increasing demands for audio technicians and creatives who are able to deliver quality solutions for different media formats.
By gaining a thorough understanding of how specific technologies impact the music composition, production and sound engineering process, you will be able to ride the wave of shifting formats and industry-shaking developments.
The media industry never ceases to evolve and reinvent itself. We aim to provide you with an education that enables you to either be a change maker or to be capable of adapting and staying at the forefront of this change.
The last 30 years have seen unprecedented growth in the audio and music for media sector with the proliferation of the gaming industry, accelerated production needs for the film/TV and social media industries, as well as the expansion of app and mobile based technologies requiring creative audio solutions.
There is growing demand for creative practitioners that are able to adapt to the shifting formats and technologies, from AAA games to indie film developments. Roles with permanent contracts do still exist but it is much more likely that you will work either as a freelancer or as part of a small startup on your way to professional creative autonomy.
Our programme has been designed to give you relevant experience in a number of specific industries whilst also allowing for specialisation as the course progresses.
Here are just a few of the fields a Sound and Music for Visual Media graduate can aspire to:
- Music Composition for film
- Film scoring and arrangement
- Foley and sound design for film
- Dialogue and ADR recording for film
- Game sound supervisor
- Game sound composer / arranger
- Game sound concept design
- Web audio
- Audio app development
- Systems design
- Interactive / installation art
However you measure it and whatever artistic realm you are working in, most creatives would like to achieve success with their creative endeavour. There are many types of success an individual may want to achieve. From successful completion of an artistic exploration all the way through to financial security and a global audience.
There are many skills required to develop these dreams into real and practical futures. Our optional course in self-development and leadership is the ‘rocket fuel’ which will provide you with the frameworks, the focus and the drive to help realise your future.
Self development to better understand how to take decisive action, to communicate powerfully with others and take an honest look at how you limit yourself. Leadership to complete your creative project, to bring your work into the external world and to attract an audience to share, appreciate and follow your work.
Our tutors are industry-experienced professionals and creatives with a passion for passing on their knowledge to others. Say hello to some of the tutors that will be supporting you throughout your learning process.
All applicants will be asked to provide: personal and educational information, documentation of their education experience, a portfolio or audition tape, and a personal introduction (which can be submitted as a written statement of motivation or a video/audio clip).
MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- Standard entry: graduation from high school at a level which would normally permit entry to university in the country where it was gained. This would be A-Levels in the UK and the Abitur in Germany, for example.
- Non-standard entry: We recognise that not all education happens in the classroom and it may be possible to admit you through a non-standard access route. If you do not possess the required formal qualification, but have acquired relevant professional or life experience, please contact our Admissions team.
If neither of the two categories above describe your situation, you'll most likely need to complete a short course to gain access to our 1 and 3-year HE degree courses.
The language of instruction in all our courses is English and applicants must demonstrate a level equal to IELTS 6. We do not ask for official exam results, but we will assess the standard of English in your application and support materials.
For more information please contact our Admissions team and we’d be happy to discuss your opportunities to come study with us.
Course dates and application deadline
Course start: mid-September 2023
- Round 1 - International (non-EU) and EU students - 31 March, 2023*
* Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa to live in Germany. The application process for this takes several months and you can only begin this process after you have been offered a place and enrolled on the course.
- Final deadline - EU students only - 31 May 2023
We offer two ways to pay:
- Single Payment Option:
Enrolment Fee* €895 + Tuition Fee €9,855 = €10,750 per year**
- Instalment Payment Option:
Enrolment Fee* €895 + Tuition Fee 10 instalments x €1,085.50 = €11,750 per year**
* Note- Enrolment fee is non-refundable. It is due every year as part of the total annual fee.
** BA degree = 3 years x total annual fee.
If you decide to enrol in both a 4-week short course and HE degree course (1 or 3-years long) with us, you will receive a discount of 500€ on the total tuition.
Open days and taster workshops
Get a feel for our school from the comfort of your home with our Virtual Open Days and skill-focussed Taster Workshops.
Hosted by our team and students, these online events will give you a sense of what it's like to come and study with us in Berlin.
We look forward to meeting you online soon!
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