University of Technology Sydney

C10276v2 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design

Award(s): Bachelor of Music and Sound Design (BMusSoundDesign)
UAC code: 600006 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 092409B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

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

Overview

The Bachelor of Music and Sound Design at UTS is built on the understanding that good practitioners have a strong base in artistic, professional and theoretical skills. Combining the domains of music, sound and screens, the Music and Sound Design course focuses on developing real-world skills for the digital sound industry, giving students the ability to apply their craft to films, TV, games, online platforms and music production. Students learn from leading industry figures – such as sound designers, songwriters and producers – in this practice-led course.

Working with UTS’s specialist sound facilities and equipment in the creative precinct of inner-Sydney, students develop and advance their interest in popular music, sound design, sound engineering and interactive media. Throughout the course students build a portfolio of sound works that demonstrates their creativity and professional skills to employers. They will have opportunities to run a music label, record in professional sound studios, collaborate with likeminded students in both this course and other disciplines, and design and compose sound and music for film, games and digital media. This is a future-focused course that provides students with the tools to succeed in the industry of today and tomorrow.

Course aims

This course aims to provide students with core skills in digital music production and 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 collaborate, develop and critically revise their own work.

Career options

Possible careers are varied and include working in sound design and music production across a range of media like television, advertising, film, web and digital media. Careers as a composer, sound engineer, or music business professional are open to graduates of the Bachelor of Music and Sound Design.

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
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 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
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

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.

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.

Local students

Local students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre.

International students

International students apply through UTS International.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 144 credit points, comprising 80 credit points of major subjects, 16 credit points of core subjects and 48 credit points of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

Studio-based subjects are highly flexible, allowing students to foster their specialisation and interests through practical professionally oriented projects. Songwriting, production and sound design skills are applied to real-world needs, and all students have the opportunity for a professional internship. Students run a public-facing digital music label releasing and promoting their own work. Broadcast opportunities are also available for student podcast productions. Entrepreneurship training provides a strong foundation for professional graduate enterprises.

Course completion requirements

MAJ10062 Music and Sound Design 80cp
STM91648 Communication Literacies stream 16cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10276

Course program

The typical program shown below is for a full-time student commencing in Autumn session.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
50817 Audio and Music Production   8cp
50816 Audio Cultures   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
50824 Songwriting and Composition for Context   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
50818 Podcasting   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
50819 Composing with Sound   8cp
50820 Sound Design   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
50826 Music Business and Professional Practice   8cp
50825 Screen Soundtrack Production   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
50823 Sound Project   8cp
54003 Creative Entrepreneurship   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  

Honours

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047) is available with an additional year of full-time study for eligible students to pursue music and sound design research or advanced creative practice.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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