Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Sound Design and Production BA (Hons)
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Develop the art of creating and controlling the total sonic environment of live performance - one of the most rapidly evolving of the theatre disciplines. This practical course focuses on theatre sound and music, and sees students learn through working on realised projects. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment and software, acquiring core technical and theoretical understandings that will carry forward into their career. Performance technologies, including computer-based show control, audio recording, waveform editing, digital mixing and audio networking, are used throughout the course. For students interested in composition, Central’s Sound Design Laboratories will allow experimentation with a variety of sound generation and sequencing software. Students will also be able to work with machine interoperability and the aesthetic relationships between sound and light design. Throughout the course students learn technical, communication, group-work and problem solving skills by working as part of a collaborative company of performance-makers. This course leads to the qualification of BA (Hons) Theatre Practice. For more detailed information, to see what is covered in each year of the course and to view the Course Specification document, click on the 'Course Details' heading on the following page of Central's website: http://www.cssd.ac.uk/course/theatre-sound-ba

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 24 graduates of Sound Design and Production BA (Hons) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Audio Technology.

Overall student satisfaction
44 /100
24 total respondents

Salary

Salary of all UK Graduates of Audio Technology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £17966 £16476 £20157
25-75 percentile range £14890 - £22414 £11970 - £21294 £14870 - £25688

What You Will Learn

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

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

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 Sound Design and Production BA (Hons) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

15% Artistic, literary and media occupations
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Design occupations
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Engineering professionals
5% Teaching Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



For detailed information available in the Course Specification document, click on the 'Course Details' heading on the following page of Central's website: http://www.cssd.ac.uk/course/theatre-sound-ba

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Grades alone will not determine whether an applicant may be offered a place. Offers are only made following successful interview.

An overall Pass (D or E) is acceptable for admission. Grades alone will not determine whether an applicant may be offered a place. Offers are only made following successful interview.

Grades alone will not determine whether an applicant may be offered a place. Offers are only made following successful interview.

An overall Pass is acceptable for admission. Grades alone will not determine whether an applicant may be offered a place. Offers are only made following successful interview.

Grades alone will not determine whether an applicant may be offered a place. Offers are only made following successful interview.

In all cases, grades alone will not determine whether an applicant may be offered a place. Offers are only made following successful interview and portfolio review. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email [email protected] if you need further clarification. Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.

We welcome applications from international candidates. Applications must be made through the regular UCAS route. Applicants are welcome to attend an interview either in London or at one of our International Interview locations. In the past, International
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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

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 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

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)
  • year 2

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About Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a member of Conservatoires UK, located in the Swiss Cottage area in the city of London. Prospective students can expect to find professional drama and music facilities, as well as faculty members with extensive experience working in their respective fields. The city of London is known for being expensive to live in, but also for the opportunities that it provides socially and academically.

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Where is this programme taught

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Main Site - Embassy Theatre
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