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Sound & Music for Interactive Games
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MSc
Sound & Music for Interactive Games

Postgraduate course
Film, Music & Performing Arts

From the suffocating sounds of Deadspace to the militaristic percussion of God of War, sound designers and interactive composers are vital in the games industry.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    12 Months
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    Headingley Campus

Your Course

    JAMES Industry Accredited
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Graduates from our course have worked on video games such as Batman: Arkham Knight; Brink; Silent Hill: Downpour; and LEGO Lord of the Rings.
Entry Requirements
Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music, Music Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

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Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music, Music Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

  • Ellie Harrison

Careers

Ellie Harrison
Performance Artist, Self-employed

MA Performance

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“There were so many opportunities available on my masters. A show that I made at Leeds Beckett has toured internationally. Thanks to the encouragement of my tutors, this course has really helped to launch my career as a performing artist.

MODULES & LEARNING

Your opportunity to experience a collaborative environment, you will work in small groups to devise and develop a practical project that shows off your creative and technical skills.

Consider a range of approaches to interactive and reactive musical or artistic system design, as you create an original system for making and manipulating sound.

Explore a range of sound production techniques and gain an understanding of the key technological developments, innovations and innovators within the field of sound design.

Develop your awareness of the methods and skills which are required in order to carry out research into the ideas and practice of music technology.

Address the challenges of producing audio content for interactive media. You will evaluate the role of sound and music in games and use industry standard tools to produce audio that demonstrates your understanding.

Examine the relationships between sound, music and image, and devise and create examples of audio-visual media to a professional standard.

The final project gives you the opportunity to combine your previous learning into a significant piece of work in an area of interest to you.

Broaden and deepen your knowledge by working with your tutor to identify a project and undertake a self-directed piece of work.

You will have access to a suite of high quality, professional music studios - approved by JAMES, the accrediting body of the Music Producers' Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Studios - and you will also benefit from our links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations.

Our music facilities include five recording studios, each with a control room and live area with instruments and amps.

  • Mohammad Dastbaz
    Professor Mohammad Dastbaz Professor Mohammad Dastbaz
    Dean & Pro Vice Chancellor

    We aim to provide innovation in curriculum, engagement with current industry practices and standards, and to give our students the experience of working with staff whose research has national and international reputation.

    Mohammad is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology,having joined our University in June 2011 from the University of East London. A well published researcher, with over 50 refereed conference and Journal publications, his research profile includes many funded research programmes including JISC and EU FP7 projects. Mohammad’s first degree was in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He then went on to complete a PhD in the 'Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Based Learning Systems' at Kingston University. In 1989 he set up one of the UK's first multimedia PC companies, 'Systems 2000'.
  • MSc Sound and Music for Interactive Games - Richard Stevens, Senior Lecturer

FEES & FUNDING
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £5200. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £10500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.
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