Ravensbourne University London
Music and Sound Design BA (Hons)
Ravensbourne University London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Are you an aspiring musician, sound designer or composer looking to develop your production skills? With access to cutting-edge equipment, the course looks at the creation and production of sound and music across different contexts and industries, such as film, television, games and immersive media, music performance and live events, and the sonic arts.

Students develop skills in critical listening, editing, arranging, composing and producing. They will learn to apply the technical and creative aspects of sound and music production to a project-based environment.

This course is for aspiring music and audio producers, sound designers, musicians and composers, and sonic artists who wish to develop their sound and music production skills and apply them in a wide range of careers in the creative industries.

You will develop specialisms which could include audio production, sound engineering, sound design, songwriting, composition, and soundtrack creation for film, television, games and immersive media (VR/AR). The course is practically focused and will enable you to work creatively with sound and music in direct preparation for work in the creative industries.

You will develop knowledge and the mindsets and skillsets to support your own creativity, including critical listening, editing, arranging, composing, producing, technical and storytelling skills.

You will get an understanding of audio, sound arts and music as distinct specialisms, as well as how they intersect with storytelling and the moving image. Ultimately, you will be encouraged to apply the technical and creative aspects of sound and music production in a project-based learning environment.

Collaboration is at the heart of the course and students will undertake project briefs with other students to realise projects as part of a team. Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring a strong industry perspective throughout the course.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 6 graduates of Music and Sound Design BA (Hons) at Ravensbourne University London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
36 /100
6 total respondents

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Music and Sound Design BA (Hons) at Ravensbourne University London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Music and Sound Design BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21500 £19500 £26000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £26000 £13000 - £26000 £18500 - £32500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18993 £17033 £20459
25-75 percentile range £15958 - £22542 £12694 - £21543 £14994 - £26089

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Music and Sound Design, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Music and Sound Design BA (Hons) at Ravensbourne University London

44% Artistic, literary and media occupations
8% Sales occupations
8% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
7% Business and public service associate professionals
7% Elementary occupations
6% Managers, directors and senior officials
3% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
3% Skilled trades occupations
2% Teaching Professionals
2% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals

Students will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work. This includes essays and a range of individual or group artefacts, presentations, projects and reports that focus on practical and business skills.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

64 Tariff Points from accepted Level 3 qualifications.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Students will also be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/4 or above) or equivalent (including English) .

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 5 IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each subtest.
TOEFL (iBT) 72 TOEFL IBT with 72 points overall including minimum Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17
PTE Academic 42 PTE Academic or SELT: 42 overall with minimum 42 in each subtest.
Trinity ISE Trinity College London - B2 SELT ISE II. Pass Overall with Pass in each component.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Ravensbourne University London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Music and Sound Design BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £16500 year 1
International £16500 year 1

Additional fee information

*All fees shown are correct for 2021/22 academic year and are subject to change.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Ravensbourne University London in top UK and global rankings.

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About Ravensbourne University London

Established in 1962 in North Greenwich, London, Ravensbourne University London is a digital media and design university. Their ultramodern campus is home to a rich selection of Art & Design themed programmes, ranging from Video Game Design and Animation, to Fashion. The university places a particular focus on making sure there is a place in the job market for their creative students, and provides a series of what they call Short Courses to give learners the express training they need to jump at any opportunities they might find.

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