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.