Sound engineering, capturing, mixing - is that exactly your world? Our degree in Audio Design teaches you how to acoustically shape the world with sound and speech - from blockbuster soundtracks to electric car sound design.
YOUR COURSE CONTENT What you learn in the B.A. Audio Design
Designed sound surrounds us in almost all areas of our lives. In this programme you will explore the physical properties of sound and learn how to technically design and manipulate it. You will produce soundtracks for various media such as film, animation and computer games, you will investigate the powerful effects of sound in different environments and become familiar with the entire acoustic communication chain - from the sound source to the recipient.
YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS Innovative audio design pays off
Audio designers compose music of various genres, create digital sound designs and acoustic special effects, realise speech productions and manage sound recordings with bands and ensembles. They write songs, orchestrate their own arrangements and develop digital musical instruments and apps. Audio designers work either freelance or are employed in a variety of industries.
The B.A. Audio Design offers excellent career opportunities in industries such as:
- Phono industry, labels, studios
- Advertising, media and design agencies
- Audio software companies
- Production companies, TV and radio stations, radio play publishers
- Game producers
They work, for example, as:
- Sound designers
- Music producers
- Audio engineers
- Film musicians
- Software developers
- Product managers
Impressions from our Sound Lab
Discover your future in music with us
Live session Steps Ahead
Hearing your own song on the radio or in advertising, signing with a label: The "Steps Ahead" Listening Session at the Berlin School of Popular Arts offers young talents the opportunity to get a few steps closer to this goal. Musicians get to meet decision makers from the music industry and media in person. Thanks to the direct feedback, our students get the chance to get their song on radio or to sign a contract.
Soundtrap Cooperation Project Joint concept albums with UCA students
Students of the SRH Berlin Audio Design programme and students of the English University for the Creative Arts have created concept albums together using the digital audio workstation Soundtrap. The aim of the project is to create a creative network beyond borders and to strengthen the students' intercultural skills.
Study Plan BA Audio Design Your curriculum
Basics - Theory & Practice I
Studio I - Recording & Acoustics5
Musical Analysis / Music Design I5
Lab I - Studio Composition5
Practical Project I5
Introduction to Sound Design5
Pop Music History5
In the first semester you will immerse yourself in the world of Audio Design. You will learn basic techniques of audio engineering, miking and recording. You'll also learn about the physics of acoustics and you'll be introduced to common DAW systems (Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton Live). In your first practical projects, you will learn how to dramaturgically build up your own pieces, to implement them compositionally and technically and to change their effect through sound design. In addition to a first excursion into popular music history, you will receive piano lessons to improve your routine on the instrument for your own compositional work.
Basics - Theory & Practice II
Music Design II5
Lab II - Sound & Music Design5
Practical Project II5
Digital Signal Processing – Sound Synthesis & Effects5
In the second semester you will deepen your knowledge of music theory and practice. In the Sound Studies module you will analyse sound design, musical concepts and pieces and receive an introduction to scientific work. You will learn the basics of digital signal processing and apply your knowledge in first sound synthesis procedures. In the second semester you will also carry out a practical project (e.g. with students of the B.A. Visual and Interactive Media).
Applied Basics I
Composition I - Electronic Music5
Lab III - Audio design5
Studio II - Editing & Mixing5
Practical Project III5
Media Law (Music & Sound)5
In the third semester you will develop your own compositions and analyse current works. You will deal with the basics of music production and get to know the everyday studio life of an audio designer, design software-based musical instruments and interfaces. The Media Law module also teaches copyright law, trademark law and licensing.
Applied Basics II
Studio III - Mastering & Mixing5
Practical Project IV5
Language OR Physiology / Prevention5
In the fourth semester you will learn the basics of arranging and hone your compositional skills. Also on the timetable: mastering, audio mixing and post-production in the studio.
Internship or Study Abroad
In the fifth semester, you can take an internship at home or abroad or study abroad. The scope corresponds to a student workload of 750 hours each and is credited with 30 CP.
Specialisation & Practice I
Lab IV - Sound & Space5
Instruments, Interfaces & Installations5
Elective III - Dept. Music & Sound5
Practical Project IV5
Focus Project I – Interdisciplinary5
Creative Strategies & Project Organisation5
In the sixth semester you decide on a project from the fields of music technology & art, music production, sound design or composition and thus choose your individual focus. Your focus project will be carried out in cooperation with the degree programs B.A. Visual and Interactive Media and B.A. Creative Industries Management. You will learn to develop instruments and interfaces and dive into production techniques for 3D audio mixes and multi-channel systems. Building on this, you will consolidate your knowledge in a self-chosen module from the field of sound: music technology or sound design. Accompanying guest lectures and field trips will give you important stimuli from the industry and the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.
Specialisation & Practice II
Game Audio / Film Music5
Elective IV - Dept. Music & Sound5
Focus Project II – Individual5
Again, you choose a focus project, but now you carry it out independently as an individual project. A further specialization in the areas of game audio, film music & dramaturgy is possible. In addition, you will pass on your knowledge to younger semesters: in self-led basic courses you will train your didactic and pedagogical skills. At the end of the semester you will write your bachelor thesis.
Alumni Audio Design Contraction - A project by Maximilian Weber
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Our requirements
Admission requirements vary according to the educational background and citizenship of all applicants. Our admission requirements are in accordance with German legal stipulations.
The basic requirements are:
- General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or university of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife). In case you have not graduated yet, please apply with your existing transcripts or your latest interim certificate. However, we need your final degree certificate before you can start your studies.
- Artistic works: three one-minute MP3s as independent artistic works
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Copy of your identity card or passport
After a successful pre-selection we will invite you to a practical entrance examination at the Berlin School of Popular Arts. The aim is to get to know your course-specific expertise, your creativity, your willingness to create and to express yourself and your motivation.
Fees and Funding Your tuition fees
As a state-recognised, private university, the SRH Berlin University is financed by tuition fees. These revenues go towards equipping our campus, providing services for our students, and quality assurance. In this way we ensure that you receive the best possible education under optimal study conditions.
Tuition fees (per month or per semester)
- EUR 790 / month (Citizenship EU/EEA incl. Switzerland, Western Balkans and Ukraine)
- EUR 4,740 / semester (Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)
Enrolment fee (once)
- EUR 750 (Citizenship EU/EEA incl. Switzerland, Western Balkans and Ukraine)
- EUR 1000 (Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)
The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme. More information about our fees.
You can finance your advertising studies through BAföG, student loans, education funds and scholarships. The possibilities vary according to nationality. You can find more information under "Financing your studies". Our Student Advisory Service will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
APPLY NOW Application process and deadlines
Please find the Application and Late Arrival deadlines here.
We look forward to getting to know you. This is our application process:
- You apply online at our SRH Universities Application Portal
- If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to an entrance examination
- If your entrance examination is successful, you will receive an acceptance letter and the study contract
- You will sign the study contract and send it back to us
- You will pay the registration fee
- We will prepare your letter of admission for you
- You take part in our Welcome Week and then it begins!
SOPA to the ears Berlin School of Popular Arts (SOPA) on Spotify
In our SOPA Playlist we present current and former students from the study programmes BA Music Production, BA Audio Design and BMus Popular Music. All songs were either (co-)composed, interpreted, arranged and/or produced by our students!