B.A. Audio Design
Audio Design encompasses lots more than sound recording and dubbing for films, or the composition of catchy jingles for radio and TV broadcasts, Charlie-Sheen-style. Our students are trained to audio-design on instruments and computers, to produce and to record sounds, speech or music, thereby creating auditory atmosphere.
Content, Objective and Course Structure
Audio Design: To study sound, to listen and to be listened to
As part of the bachelor course Audio Design at hdpk in Berlin students will create immersive worlds of sound, 3D acoustics for games and soundlogs (sound branding). They will learn how to acoustically represent data (sonification), and to use computers i.e. software such as Pro Tools as platforms for composition and arrangement, and as a digital instrument.
The modular structure of the study course Audio Design includes seven semesters, during which you will be expected to achieve a total of 210 credit points, and to attain the academic degree of Bachelor of Arts Audio Design (B.A. Audio Design). During the first two semesters, your accredited courses will focus on the basics: aural training, sound design and electro-acoustics. During the third and fourth semester, successive courses will deepen your understanding of composition, sound engineering and music informatics. The syllabus is completed by courses on music history, media law, project management and personality training. Extracurricular projects and our excellent sound studios offer a wide range of options for putting theory to practice. The course of studies will also offer opportunities to work on interdisciplinary projects, such as audio-visual composition and installations; as well as the effects of psycho-acoustics.
The course schedule gives an overview of individual units of instruction, which module they are part of and when they are timetabled. During their 6th term, students complete an internship or a semester abroad. A primary aspect of studying at the hdpk is to participate in the network of thesix major bachelor programs Music Production, Popular Music, Audio Design, Media Management, Media Design and Creative Industries Management: cross-disciplinary courses are intended to bring together students from different programmes, providing them with a head start into their careers, for which they will need to cooperate with clients and partners. These cross-disciplinary projects also serve to establish contacts among future professionals, and later on often serve as a first interdisciplinary professional – and personal – network.
“Show what you’ve got!” – How to apply for the Bachelor programme Audio Design at the hdpk:
Our admission procedure is two-tiered: a first pre-selection is done based on the application documents and the artistic work samples. If you pass this pre-selection screening we will invite you to come to Berlin for our practical admission exam.
Applicants to the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) must have either general entrance qualification for university or for advanced technical college and, as part of the enrolment procedure, will be asked to provide evidence of their aesthetic-technical/design talents. We will specifically be looking for:
- a strong motivation to express yourself and to design
- a solid understanding of computer-based realisation of music and sound
- basic theoretical and practical knowledge of popular music
Students applying from abroad are requested to provide proof of adequate German language skills, both verbal and in writing (level B2 minimum).
The following documents will need to be submitted:
- completed and signed Application form
- letter of motivation (integrated into the application form) stating: Why are you interested in studying at the hdpk? What are your expectations? What are your professional perspectives? (2 pages maximum).
- personal data sheet, together with passport photo, place, date, signature
- school leaving certificate: notarised copy, may be handed in later
- in case you have previously studied at another university, please provide de-registration certificate (may also be handed in later)
- samples of your work: three one-minute MP3s of your own artistic work
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