The programme is designed for musicians interested in composing music and designing sound for a wide range of contexts but with particular emphasis on film and theatre. You will gain practical knowledge and experience of composing in the studio, composing for instrumental forces, song-writing and scoring for picture. Working
alongside leading audio industry professionals you will also learn innovative methods of capturing, synthesising and manipulating sound, enabling the design of sonic environments to accompany picture, stage productions, radio and gaming.
Music and Sound Design Degree highlights
QS World University Ranking recently placed Queen's University Belfast in the top 50 universities worldwide for the performing arts.
- Students may opt to spend a semester studying abroad. The School has links with a number of international institutionsincluding Escola Superior de M��sica e Artes do Espet��culo do Porto, Instituto Politecnico do Porto National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Technological Educational Institute of Crete and University of Groningen.
- The School is an Avid Learning Partner and Avid-accredited courses in Pro Tools for audio post production are embedded intothe curriculum.
- The School benefits from strong industry partnerships including BBC NI, Ulster Orchestra, Opera NI, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Cathedral Arts Festival, Moving on Music, Diatribe Records, DTS and Dolby.
World Class Facilities
- The School is one of the largest and best equipped institutions in the UK working in the field of music and sound. Students onthe BA in Music and Sound Design have access to state-of-the-art audio resources including two dedicated computer suites, 10 sound studios and the world's first Sonic Laboratory - a unique performance space capable of three-dimensional sound projection.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research. Additionally, the School employs a number Industry Fellows - internationally renowned professionals in their fields of composition, performance, song-writing, sound engineering and audio production.
- Students on the BA Music and Sound Design programme have excellent opportunities to gain real-world production experience through collaborative work with students studying BA Film Studies and Production and BA Broadcast Production.
The programme prepares students for a wide range of possible career paths including sound design for screen, sound design for theatre, broadcasting, audio post production, foley, composition, scoring, interactive system design, education and other areas of the music and audio industries. Companies and institutions currently employing our graduates include the BBC, UTV, YellowMoon Post Production, NI Screen, SNK Studios, The Soundhouse and Queen's University Belfast.
Employment after the Course
The BA Music and Sound Design is a new degree programme commencing in September 2017. Graduates of related programmes at Queen's have found employment in areas such as software and hardware engineering, studio and venue audio engineering, broadcasting, audiology, acoustic consultancy, artist management, concert-venue management, audio system support, education and other areas of the music and audio industries. Graduates from music-related areas at Queen's have found success in a wide range of professional performing and composing opportunities.
Companies currently employing our graduates include Google, BBC, UTV, Apple, BT, Rapid 7, Sensum, Mogees Ltd, Storyful, Cased Dimensions, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Steven's Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast.
Graduates of related programmes at Queen's have been very successful in the area of audio engineering and include:
Nicholas Gillian: Engineer and Creative Technologist, Google
Mark McKeague: Creative Technologist, New York Times
Daniel Drayne: Product Owner, Spotify
Niamh O'Meara: Technical Sales Engineer, Polytec
Nicholas Crowe: Product Manager, Opticon
Irene Kelly: Audiologist, Beacon Audiology
Conor Barry: Product Manager, Mogees
John King: Interactive Designer, Sensum
Sound design is a key element of the film, gaming and immersive (VR) industries. The Level 3 Work Placement module is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world industry experience. Some of the
organisations our students have completed placements with include: DTS, The Sound Studio, Lamb Films, Pi Communications, Q Radio, Maverick Renegade Productions, The Soundhouse, The Big Telly Theatre Company.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.