MA in Sound Design for Film and Television


Program Description


Graduates of this course win BAFTAs and multiple other awards every year. Our students have won the student section of the Los Angeles based Golden Reel Awards for best sound 13 times since 1996 (we won it again this year)! Sound Design students train in all aspects of audio post-production, developing the techniques and creative awareness required as dubbing editors, sound designers, and dubbing mixers.

The components of the soundtrack – dialogue, atmospheres, Foleys, ADR, designed fx and music – are explored in detail using facilities rivaling those of the best audio post-production houses. With a firm emphasis on storytelling, students develop an aesthetic awareness integrated with technical expertise, encouraging them to be collaborators from an early stage in all productions and throughout the whole post-production process.

  • Most comprehensive course in sound available.
  • A study in a collaborative filmmaking environment.
  • Aesthetic and technical skills developed.
  • Facilities rival professional post-production houses.
  • Work on both live action and animation films.
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto the course starting in 2018 and 2019 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £10,609 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Postgraduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England. It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here.


Entry Requirements

In the Post Production department, we are looking to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications. Applicants are likely to have some industry experience, or training in their chosen field. Your background may be in the arts or other media, you might be looking for a further professional qualification or wish to broaden your knowledge of sound production, taking you to a higher level of work.

Application materials must include visual materials (video or stills) with an associated soundtrack that you have constructed; and a sound montage including speech, that you have created and post-produced.

Apply With

Your application must be accompanied by two pieces of supporting material.

  • Submit your own complete sound design for one of the clips provided (full details/access to clips is outlined in the materials sheet)
  • In addition please submit one other piece, preferably a short film you have worked on, or alternatively, an audio-only piece is also allowed.
    Additional Short Film Material:
    This could be a professional production, a student project, or a piece specifically created for this application.
    The maximum duration of each project: 10 minutes. (You may submit a 10-minute extract of a longer piece if required)
    All video files must be in QuickTime format (any standard codec), with stereo audio.
    Additional Audio Only Material (if unable to provide a second short film piece):
    Ideally, there should be an emphasis on spoken word and/or sound design content. Music should not form the dominant part of any audio-only material.
    The maximum duration of each project: 5 minutes. (You may submit a 5-minute extract of a longer piece if required)
    All audio files must be stereo interleaved WAV file (48KHz).
  • A copy of the Supporting Materials Sheet

File format and delivery: Please send a copy of your clips as QuickTime movie files or WAV file, as a downloadable link via either WeTransfer or Dropbox to


Last few places remaining! Please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and contact details to be considered for one of the last remaining places on this course:

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

The National Film School (as it was first named) opened in 1971, the culmination of a major effort by the Industry and government to create an institution to educate and train talent for the British F ... Read More

The National Film School (as it was first named) opened in 1971, the culmination of a major effort by the Industry and government to create an institution to educate and train talent for the British Film Industry. Read less