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MA Sound Design for Video Games

ThinkSpace Education
Program overview
12-36 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
9,750 GBP
September 2022

9,750 GBP
January 2023

9,750 GBP
September 2023

9,750 GBP
January 2024

About this program

MA Sound Design for Video Games

Game audio is a rapidly expanding and extremely creative area of the video games industry. Sound Design for Video Games is designed to prepare you, both creatively and technically, to work as a sound designer and eventually an audio lead or audio director. Taught and mentored by top video games sound designers, you will learn how to create the sounds that brings the world of the video game to life. You will also learn to use audio middleware software, such as Wwise and FMOD, to implement your sounds into game engines like Unity.

Admission requirements

Ideally, applicants will have an undergraduate degree in an audio related subjected. However, there is an option for those who do not have a degree, taking into account real-world work experience with audio production, and non-degree professional development courses. This Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), as it’s known, is always assessed on a case-by-case basis. It also depends on how many other students are using this route during this stage of applications, as there is a maximum percentage of students we can take through this process.

We expect you to have a good, solid knowledge of one computer based DAW like Logic, Cubase, ProTools, Ableton or Reaper. You should be able to complete tasks quickly and to a deadline within these softwares and be comfortable doing new tasks inside them. Your demos should be of good quality and we are happy to listen to your work and give you an opinion on this before you apply. A high-level audio production standard is what we are looking for. You don’t need to be creating sound effects already, but should have demonstrable experiences with audio, whether through music, radio/podcasting, live audio or other audio production activities.

You should be comfortable learning new software and troubleshooting problems. Becoming a sound designer is as much being a developer as it is about creating assets.

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Program content

Your course falls into eight modules plus a final major project which lasts three months. Each module focuses on a different area of sound design, while at the same time developing specific audio, technical and business skills.

  • Foundations of Game Music and Audio
  • Research and Critical Reflection
  • Game Audio Technology
  • Sound and The Moving Image
  • Interactive Audio 1
  • Interactive Audio 2
  • Advanced Game Audio 1
  • Elective*
  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

For the Elective module, students will choose 1 from:

  • Advanced Game Audio 2
  • Audio Post Production
  • Sound Design
  • FMOD
  • Career Development for Sound Designers

Scholarships & funding

Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery


We offer 3 different schedules for the postgraduate degree, and students are able to pick which suits them best. Part time schedules are also available for PGCert and PGDip.

  • Full Time - 12 Months (30 hours/week)
  • Part Time - 24 Months (15 hours/week)
  • Part Time - 36 Months (8 hours/week)

These are estimates of the time a student will spend on each schedule. It will vary from student to student, depending on your rate of work. This includes live workshops, one-to-one tutorials, reading and watching the course materials, and time spent on assignment projects.


Tuition fee: £9750

PLEASE NOTE: All currencies are quoted in GBP, but we invoice all of our students through the payment provider 'Flywire'. This allows you to pay your course fee in your home currency.

You will pay whatever the exchange rate is between your currency and the GBP fee.


Course Details

For those with a background in audio production, audio engineering or music, Sound Design for Video Games offers a great career opportunity in a fast growing industry.

On this course, you will learn:

  • To create game sound effects both from your own recordings and sourced from commercial libraries.
  • How to use inexpensive and readily available field recording equipment to produce atmospheres, spot-effects and Foley.
  • Technical skills like creating and implementing Foley, weapons, impacts and vehicle sounds.
  • Business skills to help you produce a winning portfolio that will help you into a new career.
  • Collaborative and remote working skills, vital in such a connected global industry.
  • To imagine a sound world that fits perfectly with the ethos of the game.

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ThinkSpace Education

ThinkSpace Education is an online provider of postgraduate degree courses for those looking to develop careers in the music and creative industries. With a 95% graduation rate, we know how to deliver innovative and engaging online education with exceptional professional...

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Why study at ThinkSpace Education

Studying at ThinkSpace Education gives you the flexibility to pursue career goals and keep up with family life whilst gaining a postgraduate degree. As many of you may be looking to develop freelance careers alongside, or after, your studies anyway, this is great practice for working in your own space and being responsible for your own deadlines.

The tutors we have at ThinkSpace Education are truly some of the best from around the world. We are not limited to the expertise of those around a local campus, so we have recruited some of the best musicians, sound designers, orchestrators, and industry pros from all over the UK, USA, and Europe. Our tutors truly come from all areas of the music industry and no matter what you want to focus on there is likely a tutor who can help you achieve that goal.

We don't leave you totally to your own devices, and we do regularly interact with and check-up on our students as part of their studies, but the skills needed to study online are very similar to those you need to develop your own careers in the music industry.

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ThinkSpace Education 119 Third Avenue
PO207LB Chichester West Sussex
United Kingdom

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