Bachelor of Music and Sound Design
With a Bachelor of Music and Sound Design, you’ll translate your passion into practice and prepare for a career in the contemporary sound industry.
Join a program that's the first of its kind to combine the domains of music, sound and screens (film, TV, internet, games, online). With our hands-on approach, you’ll test musical theory and new ideas in the studio, whilst learning to critically revise your own work.
You’ll also study a course curriculum that’s shaped by industry which means the skills you gain — artistic, professional and theoretical — will set you up for a career as a working musician or producer.
This course is embedded in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
UTS offers a very different approach to sound design and music. It sees where the industry is going and the current demands in sound design and in composing for media.
This course aims to provide students with core skills in digital music production and sound design. However we have many current students who are good performers that wish to either add to their skillset or move into other areas of the music industry.
I have always been into music, my whole family is quite musical. I'm in a band with my sister as well as studying music and sound design as a performing musician. I had always felt really confident on the performing side of things and on the songwriting side of things. But the technical side was definitely a weak link that I felt like I wanted to get rid of.
The degree unlike other audio degrees it doesn't just teach you how to engineer it shows you how to innovate and hear things differently and ultimately develop your own voice in what is a highly competitive industry.
An average day at UTS could mean you're in the labs, learning how you can create feelings and emotions, or you could be in the studio recording music, or just learning how all of the equipment works.
The music and sound design degree definitely teaches you how to use Pro Tools, but at the same time with all the communication subjects you're getting a really good grasp of media, and politics, and race and gender and humanitarian issues.
The teaching staff at UTS come with their own careers and they’re here to nurture us and find out what our passions are. I was one of the sound designers and composers chosen to intern at the Animal Logic Academy. It saw us work on a 3D animated short film as well as VR experiences.
We worked on these projects alongside animators and producers and used our skills as music and sound designers to bring an extra dimension and elevate narrative in story.
UTS has recently created a record label called 450 records. My role was the CEO. I was also involved with all the other departments, the marketing, production just to make sure that the final launch would be as successful as it could possibly be.
They don't want you to walk into the industry just regurgitating things that you've learnt from a textbook, and so they basically give you tools to have a really sustainable career in the industry.
In my current role I really draw upon the skills I used at uni especially the technical skills such as Pro Tools. It's become such a huge part of my life.
It's always been a passion of mine to get into film and TV as a sound designer and composer.
Working at UTS and getting to work at the academy has truly opened up my eyes and ears to where we can take sound and taking music in profound and intricate ways.
- Bachelor of Music and Sound Design
- Bachelor of Music and Sound Design / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
Why Music and Sound Design at UTS?
- Cross-disciplinary collaboration
You'll have the opportunity to create innovative multimedia content alongside students from a number of disciplines across UTS, including animation, games design, journalism and media arts and production. These collaborations will give you a first-hand insight into what it's like to work as a music or sound professional.
- Internship opportunities
Go beyond the classroom by completing a professional internship as part of your degree. With exclusive partnerships at organisations such as Animal Logic, you'll gain hands-on experience in an area you're passionate about. Read articles on internships and placements written by FASS students.
- Real-world learning
Thanks to our authentic approach to learning, you'll develop the music business skills required to become a creative entrepreneur. In your final year, you'll collaborate with members of your cohort to create a record label. From signing and recording artists to organising a launch party, you'll find out what it takes to be a music business professional.
- Specialised skills
You'll graduate with the technical skills and expertise required to pursue work in contemporary music, sound and digital media industries. In studio-based subjects, you'll get access to industry-standard technologies and facilities, where you'll learn extensive production techniques.
- Produce a portfolio
Through practice-based assessments, you'll develop a portfolio of sound, music and multimedia works to show to future employers. Explore some examples in our student work showcase.
- Industry input
You'll be taught by academics who are internationally recognised for their work in the industry. Plus, you'll be invited to attend guest lectures by leading professionals in the music and sound industries.
- Diversify your skillset
You can broaden your employability by completing Communication electives. We offer a diverse range of options to suit your interests, from environmental, gender or film studies, to design thinking and digital media. Outstanding students wanting to pursue research can extend their studies and undertake our Honours program.
Examples include working in sound design and production across a diverse range of media, including popular music, film, television, advertising, animation, web, gaming, interactive digital media, and locational sound.
Other career options include working as a sound designer, music supervisor, audio engineer, music producer, new media artist, interactive media designer and music business professional.
What the students say
Music and Sound Design at UTS offered the opportunity to learn from creative professionals currently working in their fields, and gain access to high quality, industry-standard equipment and software, all while being immersed in an authentic university experience. Being able to meet students outside of the Music and Sound Design course was also an invaluable resource that challenged and expanded my way of thinking.
Bachelor of Music and Sound Design
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