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MA Filmmaking (Sound Recording, Post-Production & Design)

MA Filmmaking (Sound Recording, Post-Production & Design)

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Sound Recording Film / Video Production

Course type


Course Summary

The MA in Filmmaking (Sound Recording, Post-Production & Design), is housed in a new purpose-built media facility equipped with state-of-the art teaching spaces including a film studio for sound shooting, Pro Tools suites, Audio Postproduction facilities with Foley recording studios, Avid Media Composer, screening rooms and an Avid ISIS SAN network linking all teaching spaces. The new Curzon cinema provides the department with digital projection along with its weekly programme of first-run films. Students will learn the fundamental technical skills necessary to begin a career in screen sound, both as a location sound recordist and post-production sound designer. But equally importantly, students will gain an understanding of how a film’s narrative relies on the precise partnership between image and sound. Within this MA programme students will expand their existing knowledge of sound. Through recording and design they will investigate what it means to listen with awareness and to translate that experience to their audience. And students will study how sound is created, how they can manipulate its form, whether it’s natural, synthesised, digitised or analogue, and how to work with sound as a storytelling medium. The Sound curriculum focuses on the structure of the soundtrack, deconstructing it from its beginnings in pre-production to the final mix, experimenting with the ways in which different components (dialogue, atmospheres, sound effects, and music) allow an audience to engage with a film’s story. Through iterative exercises, group reviews and regular feedback, students gain the awareness and ability to construct soundtracks that interpret stories through sound. The programme is a gateway to any career that involves sound, particularly those that concentrate on narrative storytelling. Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields from film, theatre, radio, and web design, to advertising, documentary, and animation.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module teaches you a range of skills that equip you to perform your specialist role to a professional level. Competence in these skills equips you to participate in a variety of connected Programme activities and in work that leads toward your Final Project.
Final Project (90 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media. Experience working with sound and image and proficiency with Pro Tools (equivalent to Pro Tools 101) is recommended. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.