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Sound & Music for Interactive Games
Postgraduate course
MSc

Sound & Music for Interactive Games

Overview

With the next generation of games consoles upon us, the demand for 'Hollywood' quality soundtracks to match the increasingly impressive visuals in games has never been greater. If you are a sound designer or composer, this course will enable you to explore the opportunities that interactive games present.

Your course has been designed by a teaching team with extensive professional experience and links to the games industry, ensuring your studies will reflect the latest developments in games audio. You will gain up-to-date skills in sound design and interactive composition, and you will explore the importance of music and sound in other media.

You will have access to a suite of high-quality professional music studios, and you will develop your expertise using real-world game engines, middleware and prototyping tools to implement sound and music into games.

Our close links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations will provide opportunities to test your knowledge and skills in a variety of practical settings.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including in music, drama, dance and performing arts.

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. You will also benefit from our links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations.

Our music facilities include 10 recording studios, complete with control rooms, live areas, instruments, amps, mixing facilities and editing suites.

Artist in Residence Programme

The Artist in Residence programme gives our students an opportunity to work with professional artists and gives them a taste of what is it like to work on a professional music project. So far we have welcomed artists Chris T-T, Ian Prowse, I Monster, Tom Williams and Utah Saints.

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.
Mature Applicants
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.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

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

Florence Glen

Careers

Florence Glen
Freelance singer / songwriter

MA Music Production

“Throughout my course I've been inspired by guest lecturers and fellow students who have given me insights into areas of the music industry I'd never been exposed to before. I've since become involved in music for a video game thanks to one of my course mates opening my eyes to the possibility of working in that field. I'm also preparing to release an EP which I am working on with another producer.

Modules & learning

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Andrew Fryer
Andrew Fryer
Dean of School

Andrew Fryer is Dean of the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University. He is a songwriter and music producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry.

I'm immensely proud of the ever-growing community of internationally renowned practitioners and researchers that call the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts their home. Our industry-recognised facilities provide a hub for our students and staff to explore their creativity and ideas.
Play MSc Sound and Music for Interactive Games - Richard Stevens, Senior Lecturer Video
MSc Sound and Music for Interactive Games - Richard Stevens, Senior Lecturer
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Music Studios
    Music Studios

    Write, mix, produce and record your own music in our state-of-the-art studios. You will be following in the footsteps of BRIT Award-winning musicians Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, of Rudimental, who both studied at the University.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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