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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.95k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    If you are aiming for success in the competitive worlds of Sound Production, Sound Reinforcement and Sound Post Production, this multi-faceted programme will enhance your technical knowledge, your creative skills and your professional competence, enabling you to be operationally effective in a range of employment situations.

    Through technical instruction, lectures, workshops and self-study, you will develop proficiency in the Sound industry's standard applications and equipment, with the option to undertake Digidesign's in-demand ProTools qualifications as part of the course. With opportunities for orchestral and group recording, film sound synchronisation, post production and live sound mixing, the programme is a potent mix of challenging activities and high-level learning experiences.

    From the start of the programme you will build on prior learning and experience to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the technology, skills, theory, context and issues that are central to success in the professional arenas of sound capture and manipulation.

    You will develop skills and techniques in recording, including orchestral instruments, editing and mixing, with extensive use of Digidesign's Pro Tools application. You will study Post Production for film and TV, learning about synchronisation formats, codecs and sound design. You will gain experience of live sound mixing for corporate events and theatre.

    A core aspect of the programme is the acquisition of some of the key technical skills that are required by the professions, such as fault finding, cable construction and soldering, patchbays, signal paths and Apple's Mac OS.

    This course is studied full-time over 1 year; a part-time option is also available. You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations, screenings and through independent study.

    The first trimester is designed to give you a broad experience of the various techniques involved in studio practice, screen sound and live/event sound, enabling you to make an informed decision about potential areas of specialisation. The following three modules are compulsory:

    * Studio Sound 1
    * Screen Sound 1
    * Live and Events Sound 1

    During the second trimester you undertake an Audio Soft-and Hardware unit that covers fault finding, soldering, integrated circuits, software installation and other practicalities that are a "real life" necessity for any engineer or technician. You also specialise in two different areas of sound production, with further opportunity to develop practical and academic skills:

    * Compulsory module: Audio Hardware and Software

    Choose two of the following, depending on your area of interest:

    * Studio Sound 1
    * Screen Sound 1
    * Live and Events Sound 1
    * Sound Design and Synthesis

    The third trimester involves more work experience as you undertake a final project in your chosen specialist field. Edinburgh's reputation as one of Europe's leading cultural and artistic capitals has led to the university establishing links with theatres, performance venues, studios and sound reinforcement/corporate communications companies with the opportunity for placements and other project work.

    The Popular Music Industries department also has links with Toronto's prestigious Harris Institute, where five work placements are available for Napier MA students as a final project option. All placements are competitive and are dependent on module results and an interview process.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    An undergraduate degree focussing on Sound Recording and Production, or commensurate professional experience.If your native language is not English, you will need to have IELTs at level 6.0. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 75 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We have a selection of funding opportunities available such as the UK postgraduate tuition fee loan (Scottish & EU) and specific scholarships aimed at student from India and across Africa

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