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Music Production and Sound Design, BFA

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Music and Sound Design

  • Design sound or music which supports the emotional content of the visual image
  • Construct effective sound or music for different visual environments such as film, television, animation, games and commercials
  • Demonstrate heightened listening skills and identify key musical or sound components

Production Techniques

  • Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary sound or music production techniques
  • Demonstrate proficiency with audio recording techniques, editing, and mixing

Professional Readiness

  • Produce work in a modeled professional environment, with a broad understanding of the sound/music post production workflow
  • Create a compelling demo reel that demonstrates professional level competency
  • Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music or sound for client needs

Composition (Composers Only)

  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of the language of music: harmony, melody and rhythm
  • Analyze dramatic scoring and compose film music in the style of selected historical periods and genres
  • Orchestrate and arrange music.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    132 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Soundtrack Industry Overview
  • Pro Tools User Certification Prep
  • Music Production 1
  • Audio Production
  • Composition for the Artist
  • History of Animation
  • Film Music Appreciation
  • Music Theory & Basic Notation
  • Music Production 2
  • History of the Recording Industry

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application form or online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college/university showing completion of an undergraduate degree
  • One page essay explaining personal goals for graduate school or essay related to a topic as required by the Department
  • Resume: Describe your educational and professional experience
  • Portfolio/Demo reel: A portfolio with detailed descriptions in your chosen discipline is required.
  • Additional materials may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29147 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29147 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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