One of the most common questions we get asked in 2023 is, ‘What course should I study to become a professional sound designer?’. Unfortunately, over the last few decades, as demand and interest in audio post production has increased, so has the amount of online misinformation making its way onto curriculums. Today we’ll look at some of the most viable options in 2023.
NFTS - Sound Design For Film & TV (Masters)
The National Film & Television School is a UK institution based in Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire), with campuses also in Cardiff, Glasgow and Leeds. NFTS offer a wide range of courses, all varying in length, qualifications and price. The sound design course offered here is a full time, 2-year Masters degree delivered on the main London campus.. The curriculum covers all areas of post-production and Sound Design. Also including various workshops for students to attend.
History of successful graduates.
Notoriously difficult to secure a place.
2-year Masters degree.
344 Audio - Audio Post Essentials (Industry Course)
Whilst degrees commonly delve deeper into complex technical academia, Industry courses teach students the essential technical foundations which are then built upon with in-person learning and experience. The sound design course we offer at 344 Audio is a part time, 5-month Industry Course delivered from an active UK audio post workplace. The curriculum focuses on bolstering students skills to an employable level, and guiding them through the process of securing professional work. Whilst covering industry standard work flow and techniques in all areas of post-production.
Unlimited 1 to 1 mentorship & career guidance.
Hybrid delivery, remote or in person.
5-month Industry Course. More info at: https://www.344audio.com/audio-post-essentials
USC - Sound Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
The University of Southern California is ranked in the United States' top 30 universities. With a main campus based in Downtown Los Angeles, there couldn't be a more ideal location for a film school. USC's sound design course is a full time, 4-year course. With a curriculum focusing on developing a strong foundation in sound theory, technology, and practical application across various media platforms. Giving graduate the freedom to explore a sound design role in areas outside of Film & Television if desired.
Some of the worlds most prolific sound designers studied here.
Based in Downtown Los Angeles
Spirit Studios - Sound For Visual Media (Industry Course)
Spirit Studios is a media training academy based in Manchester, UK. Formerly known as School of Sound Recording, Spirit Studios were one of the first places in the country to offer Industry courses in audio post-production. Their main campus is located in the heart of Manchester city centre and includes industry standard equipped facilities. The sound design course offered here is a part-time, 12 month course, delivered in person during the evenings.
Historical reputation in Manchester/UK.
Industry Standard learning environment.
12 month Industry course.
The Bottom Line
Each student has a unique learning style. There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a course to help you pursue a career in Sound Design. If you would like to receive some guidance, set up a free discovery call with our team here.
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