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- Learn to produce sound for visual, online and immersive environments.
- Study sound recording, digital audio processing, sound art, contemporary sonic composition techniques and sound for animation.
- Gain industry experience through internships and public presentations, and showcase your work to industry professionals in film, advertising, games and animation.
- Graduates work as sound designers, mixers for film, TV, games and web applications, recording engineers, folio artists, and sound producers.
|QTAC course code||421532|
|QUT course code||KK34|
|Course duration||3 years full-time|
|Start month||2013 & 2014 February|
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Imagine watching a film, playing a computer game, or even browsing the web without music or sound to create atmosphere and excitement and drama. Sound is important in these environments, but there is a whole lot more to sound design than this conventional understanding.
Sound design at QUT is much broader than sound for film and caters for the new and emergent creative industries that operate in audio, music, visual, online and immersive environments. It involves design, production and post-production techniques including recording, digital audio processing, project management, computer/electronic sound creation, sound for screen, and immersive soundscapes.
Why choose this course?
There is an emphasis on creativity and collaboration. You will be encouraged to explore new connections between sound design and the creative industries. You will learn how to use technology to creatively manipulate sound, distribute your works and market your talent.
You will develop working relationships with other content creators within the creative industries at QUT. These collaborations will result in real production outcomes such as films, animations, games and multimedia installations.
Your engagement with the studio masterclass program will expose you to mentoring opportunities from a wide range of industry professionals. As the course progresses, you will be given opportunities to launch your career through public presentations including the final-year showcase events attended by professionals from related areas such as film, advertising and animation.
Graduates work as sound designers, sound editors and mixers for film and television, web applications and computer games. There are pathways available for honours and professional or research postgraduate studies.
You will start by learning about the fundamentals of sound and music technology and how to use them creatively to achieve artistic results. You will also begin to develop an awareness of sound as a storytelling tool. While you do not need to have traditional music skills, you will work alongside Bachelor of Music students, learning how sound is organised musically and about the dynamics of performance and presentation as they apply to sound design.
To develop a unique set of ‘crossover’ sound skills you will build on the foundation studies of your first year, having a chance to pursue the pathway that best suits your future needs. You will have options to work in the fields of sound design for visual and interactive media, immersive entertainment and the recording studio.
You will deepen your skills in sound design and production, mentored by staff and industry professionals. You will have opportunities to showcase yourself to industry through a series of creative production opportunities. You will learn about both the existing and emerging industry and have the opportunity to undertake practical projects with other talented creative artists and designers both inside and outside the University with real production outcomes.
Minimum academic requirements
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Minimum English language requirements
Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.
|IELTS (International English Language Testing System)|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)|
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When you apply for this course, we'll recommend which English course you should enrol in.
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You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.
Additional entry requirements
Please send the following documents along with your F Form to QUT. You may post or e-mail your application.
- All documents requested on the F form
- Current passport sized photograph
- Portfolio of sound works
- Written statement
Please send copies only – documents will not be returned.
Minimum completion of schooling comparable to Australian Year 12
There are no closing dates for international applicants. We encourage you to apply as soon as you decide on the course you wish to study, to allow for visa processing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should my portfolio include?
A portfolio of music/sound works that you have created. Suitable items include (but are not limited to):
- Sound design for video or websites
- Soundscapes you have recorded/engineered/produced
- Sounds created using computer software
You should include three contrasting pieces - total duration for all pieces 10 minutes maximum.
Acceptable formats are:
- Audio CD (must be able to be played in a standard CD player)
- CD-ROM (must be compatible with Macintosh and PC)
- DVD (must be able to be played in a standard DVD player)
- USB stick
- Printed screenshots of creative planning (if relevant)
Your portfolio must also be accompanied by written notes (maximum 200 words) that explain your precise role in each of the items (i.e. what your role/s were in the creation of the piece, how you created the piece, your artistic aims in creating the piece).
All portfolio items should be marked with your name and contact details. Please note that portfolios are not returned.
Please ensure you test your CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs or USB sticks on multiple systems, before submitting them. Failure of your media to play in the specified equipment may adversely affect your folio result.
What qualities are QUT Creative Industries looking for in the portfolio?
- Originality of approach
- Technical skill in design, recording and production
- Clear articulation of creative approach
- General sense of emotional engagement/success in storytelling
- Diversity of material presented
What should my written statement include?
- Your written statement (total 2 pages maximum) should address the following 4 points:
- Your past experiences in sound design or production activities
- What sound design or designers (in movies, games, etc) inspire you
- Your ambitions during your studies and beyond
- How you think studying Sound Design at QUT will help you achieve your goals
What qualities are QUT Creative Industries looking for in my written statement?
- A strong track record in relevant sound design or production activities
- A strong potential for continued growth in your understanding and practice of sound design
- Knowledge of the QUT Creative Industries Sound Design course and how it relates to your own personal goals
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
2014: $12,300 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
2013: $11,800 (indicative) per Semester (subject to annual review)
You'll need to pay some costs on top of your course fees.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sound Design)
You're ready to apply if you have:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
- Checked important dates
- Semester 1
201318 January Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 3, 4 and 5 applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.8 February Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 1 and 2 applicants and onshore applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.
- Semester 2
20137 June Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 3, 4 and 5 applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.5 July Final date for accepting applications (degree programs only) from offshore Assessment Level 1 and 2 applicants and onshore applicants. Student visa assessment levels are available.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements
- Checked costs and scholarships
- Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
- Gathered supporting documents
All done? Then you're ready to apply.