Audio Design

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 7 Semesters
  • Full time
  • on campus
  • Practical study
  • 210 ECTS
  • €750/Month
  • without NC
  • Full time

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.

  • German / English
  • summer and winter semester
  • stay abroad
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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.

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
  • Composers
  • Software developers
  • Product managers

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Soundtrap Cooperation Project
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.

To the Soundtrap project and the albums
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Study Plan BA Audio Design Your curriculum

7 Semester 210 ECTS
1. Semester

Basics - Theory & Practice I

  • Studio I - Recording & Acoustics 5
  • Musical Analysis / Music Design I 5
  • Lab I - Studio Composition 5
  • Practical Project I 5
  • Introduction to Sound Design 5
  • Pop Music History 5

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.

2. Semester

Basics - Theory & Practice II

  • Music Design II 5
  • Lab II - Sound & Music Design 5
  • Elective I 5
  • Practical Project II 5
  • Digital Signal Processing – Sound Synthesis & Effects 5
  • Sound Studies 5

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 BA Audiovisual and Interactive Media).

3. Semester

Applied Basics I

  • Composition I - Electronic Music 5
  • Lab III - Audio design 5
  • Studio II - Editing & Mixing 5
  • Practical Project III 5
  • Music Informatics 5
  • 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.

4. Semester

Applied Basics II

  • Digital Scoring 5
  • Studio III - Mastering & Mixing 5
  • Elective II 5
  • Practical Project IV 5
  • Sound Agency 5
  • Language OR Physiology / Prevention 5

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.

5. Semester

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.

6. Semester

Specialisation & Practice I

  • Lab IV - Sound & Space 5
  • Instruments, Interfaces & Installations 5
  • Elective III - Dept. Music & Sound 5
  • Practical Project IV 5
  • Focus Project I – Interdisciplinary 5
  • Creative Strategies & Project Organisation 5

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 BA Audiovisual and Interactive Media and BA 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.

7. Semester

Specialisation & Practice II

  • Game Audio / Film Music 5
  • Elective IV - Dept. Music & Sound 5
  • Focus Project II – Individual 5
  • Competence Transfer 5
  • Bachelor's Thesis 10

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.

We support you

Full-Flex Offer | For international students only

Are you worried that Covid-19 might affect your academic future? Are you facing visa delays and travel restrictions? Take advantage of our offer to start your studies in October 2021 in a virtual format and receive a reward!

Alumni Audio Design Contraction - A project by Maximilian Weber

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)
  • CV
  • Artistic works: three one-minute MP3s as independent artistic works
  • Letter of motivation: why do you want to study audio design with us? What do you expect from your studies? Where do you see yourself in the future? (max. 2 pages)
  • 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.

Please upload the following MP3s with your application:

  1. Piece: the first fragment can be selected freely. It could be an electronically produced music track, a sound logo or a production by a band or artist that has been sound-edited by the applicant.
  2. Piece: the second fragment is an electronically produced piece. The genre can be selected freely. The focus of the evaluation is on the melodic/harmonic elements within the composition. The following production techniques are undesirable:
    - classical remixes
    - medleys
    - use of vocal stems
    - use of pre-produced loops that were not clearly recognisable and were processed in a creative way
    - exclusive use of sample-based material without the inclusion of sound synthesis procedures/synthesisers
  3. Piece: create a sound environment that surrounds (real) or could surround (fictitious) someone in one place. Choose a meaningful title for the sound file.

Please assemble the three music fragments in MP3 format according to the above order. In addition, please create an informal PDF file the size of one page, which briefly describes your tracks.

Here are the English requirements that you should bring along:

  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A) 59 points
  • Duolingo 95 Pts
  • TOEFL 87 ibt (direct recording)
  • TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
  • TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
  • IELTS (academic) 6.5 average - deviations from this rule are governed by the current version of the Language Centre's guidelines
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B or C)
  • FCE (grade A, B or C)

You don't feel prepared yet? More information about the Academic English Preparation Course

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 750 / month (Citizenship EU/EEA incl. Switzerland and Western Balkans)
  • EUR 4,500 / semester (Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)

Enrolment fee (once)

  • EUR 500 (Citizenship EU/EEA incl. Switzerland and Western Balkans)
  • EUR 900 (Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)

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.

Application process and deadlines

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 (all students) and possibly the 3-month deposit (non-EU/EEA students only)
  • We will prepare your letter of admission for you
  • You take part in our Welcome Week and then it begins!

Entrance examination:

The entrance examination includes a ten-minute practical presentation and a personal interview with two professors/lecturers. In the ten-minute audition you will present two music/sound pieces of your choice, related to the core areas of digital music production/sound engineering and composition/musical arrangement. Proof of artistic/aesthetic/technical aptitude for the course of study must be provided in these two areas.

There is also a test of your sound engineering, music theory and aural training skills. The following questions can be asked and will help you with your preparation:

  •     In which key is the piece you have just presented?
  •     Name different intervals (distances between two tones) within an octave
  •     What is the difference in music theory between major and minor?
  •     Play a major chord/minor chord on the piano
  •     Which triadic chords are there besides major and minor?
  •     Determine the intervals played on the piano by ear
  •     Determine the triads played on the piano with regard to their tonal gender by ear
  •     Explain the mode of operation using the individual adjustable parameters of effect devices such as gate, compressor, reverb, EQ, filter! Examples: what happens if you            reduce the "threshold" of a compressor?
  •     What happens if you increase the "predelay" of a reverb?
  •     Explain the mode of operation and the individual parameters of a synthesiser. Examples: what does an "LFO" do?
  •     What changes if you increase the "attack" value of a volume envelope?

The access check takes 30 minutes in total.

SOPA to the ears
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!

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  • You will take part in a step-by-step learning experience
  • You will study in small teams through practice-oriented tasks
  • You can concentrate on what is important in 5-week blocks
  • You will receive individual support from your lecturers
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