Taught course

Sound Production

Edinburgh Napier University · Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree focusing on Sound Recording and Production, or commensurate professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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