University of Technology Sydney

C10277v2 Bachelor of Music and Sound Design Bachelor of International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Music and Sound Design (BMusSoundDesign)
Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)

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

Notes


This course information relates to students commencing a combined degree with the Bachelor of International Studies in 2022. Students who commenced a combined degree with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prior to 2022 should refer to the Handbook for the year they commenced their degree.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
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.

This degree combines a professional degree with language and culture studies, enhancing professional training and career options by providing students with the opportunity to undertake studies at an overseas University.

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 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. The course also provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of another language and culture, enhancing professional and training career opportunities.

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:

Com.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
Com.1.2 Graduates are able to present, explain and evaluate their own and others' work in independent and collaborative contexts
Com.3.1 Graduates are able to engage responsibly and respectfully with the musics and sound practices of a wide range of cultures
Com.3.2 Graduates are able to adapt their critical thinking and creative enterprise to intercultural contexts
Com.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
Com.5.1 Graduates possess the awareness and skills to behave ethically in personal and professional contexts
Com.5.2 Graduates are innovative agents for change in the creative industries of their local and wider communities
Com.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
Com.6.2 Graduates possess the technical and creative skills to express themselves in multi-platform contexts
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.

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.

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Bachelor of Music and Sound Design (144 credit points)

  • Major Subjects (80 credit points)
  • Core Subjects (16 credit points)
  • Electives (48 credit points)

International Studies (96 credit points). In the International Studies component students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Culture and the Professional World pathway or the Language, Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.

Overseas study

In the International studies component students have the following options:

1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.

2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.

3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

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
CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10277

Course program

The typical course program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session with the German Language and Culture major, and completing the Language, Culture & the Professional World pathway or the International Honours pathway.

It is recommended that students who elect to complete the Language, Culture & Global Exchange pathway complete 999781 International Research Methods in Year 3 Autumn, so that they can undertake their Exchange session during Year 4 Autumn.

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  
Summer session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
50818 Podcasting   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Spring session
50819 Composing with Sound   8cp
50820 Sound Design   8cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
50825 Screen Soundtrack Production   8cp
50826 Music Business and Professional Practice   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92109 Electives 48cp  
Spring session
50823 Sound Project   8cp
54003 Creative Entrepreneurship   8cp

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

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