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C10277v1 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Music and Sound Design (BMusSoundDesign)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609296 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 092410J
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Sound and Music Design before 2017 can view their course program at Course transition arrangements.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Other information

Overview

This course is designed to develop practitioners in music and sound design with a strong base of artistic, professional and theoretical skills. The UTS Bachelor of Music and Sound Design is the first of its kind to combine the domains of music, sound and screens (film, TV, internet, games, online). Subjects focus on developing real-world skills for the digital sound industry.

The course also involves input from leading industry figures, including sound designers, songwriters, producers, and other professionals from the creative industries.

The degree integrates the study of sound and music with a major in the language and culture of another country.

This course appeals to students with an interest in popular music, sound design, creative arts or interactive multimedia. It offers a contemporary music and sound design degree that focuses on the production and analysis of sound for various media including interactive environments. By graduation students have a professional portfolio of music production and sound design work demonstrating their creativity and professionalism.

Course aims

This course aims to provide students with core skills in digital music production sound design. Students' learning outcomes include the capacity to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments within the music, sound and digital media industries; an awareness of industry practices in sound design and music production; and the capacity to develop and critically revise their own work. The course also provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of another language and culture, enhancing professional and training career opportunities.

Career options

Examples include working in sound design and production across a diverse range of media, including popular music, film, television, advertising, animation, web, gaming, interactive digital media, and locational sound.

Other career options include sound designer, music supervisor, audio engineer, computer musician, music producer, new media artist, interactive media designer, and music business professional.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Graduates possess a well-developed awareness of culture and professional practice of music and sound in the context of the technological and creative industries
1.2 Graduates are able to present, explain and evaluate their own and others' work in independent and collaborative contexts
2.1 Graduates are reflexive critical thinkers and creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative and innovative
2.2 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
3.1 Graduates are able to engage responsibly and respectfully with the musics and sound practices of a wide range of cultures
3.2 Graduates are able to adapt their critical thinking and creative enterprise to intercultural contexts
4.1 Graduates can consult with appropriate Indigenous Australian organisations in their management of Indigenous content and resources
4.2 Graduates have respect for Indigenous Australians and can manage Indigenous content and resources in an effective, ethical and culturally appropriate manner
5.1 Graduates possess the awareness and skills to behave ethically in personal and professional contexts
5.2 Graduates are innovative agents for change in the creative industries of their local and wider communities
6.1 Graduates possess reflective and analytical skills enabling them to synthesise ideas from a diverse range of sources and communicate effectively to different audiences using appropriate media and modes
6.2 Graduates possess the technical and creative skills to express themselves in multi-platform contexts
INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English

Key

INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

Local students

Local students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre.

International students

International students apply through UTS International.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English and computer literacy. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points, comprising 144 credit points in music and sound design and 96 credit points in international studies. The music and sound design component is made up of 48 credit points of major subjects, 24 credit points of professional subjects, 24 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies requires undergraduates to study a region or country major over a minimum of three years. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Industrial training/professional practice

Studio-based subjects are highly flexible, allowing students to foster their specialisation and interests through practical projects. Songwriting skills are applied to real-world needs, and all students have the opportunity for a professional internship. Professional practicalities are built into the core subjects.

Course completion requirements

MAJ10025 Music and Sound Design 48cp
STM91009 Professional Development stream 24cp
STM90959 Core subjects (Music and Sound Design) 24cp
CBK91142 Electives 48cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session with the Germany major as the chosen international studies major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK90005; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
50816 Audio Cultures   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91142 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
50817 Audio and Music Production   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91142 Electives 48cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
50818 Singing and Vocality   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
Spring session
50819 Composing with Sound   8cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91142 Electives 48cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
50820 Synthesis and Sound Design   8cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Spring session
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
50824 Songwriting and Composition for Context   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
50825 Screen Soundtrack Production   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK91142 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
50823 Sound Project   8cp
50826 Music Business and Professional Practice   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91142 Electives 48cp  

Honours

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047) is available with an additional year of full-time study for eligible students.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
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