The Masters of Design (M.Des) in Sound for the Moving Image offers the opportunity for postgraduate students to engage with the craft and creative practice of sound production applied to film, animation, television, new media, electronic games and visual art, as well as equipping students with the tools required to develop a research project within this field. The programme promotes production of original work, through individual or group-based research, that is conceptually-driven, aesthetically challenging and wide-ranging in its use of sound design and music production/compostion.

Study Details:

1 year full-time

Module Details:

Semester 1:

  • Research in Sound & Film
  • Sound for Moving Image 1

Semester 2:

  • Sound for Moving Image 2
  • 2 Cross-school or SimVis electives. Choices typically include courses such as Audio for Games, Music for Picture, Sound Culture, Film-Making Process, etc.)

Student Destinations

The programme prepares students for entry into a professional sound production environment, to enhance their creative practice with sound and sonic art, or for further academic study by research. Opportunities for further research can be accessed within The Glasgow School of Art or in the wider academic community, and will be driven by the ethos of research underpinning the programme. Current trends and emerging methodologies in professional practice will be defined by a visiting lecturer timetable bringing students into contact with established practitioners within the field of sound for the moving image.

Past students have won a range of awards including recent wins for Scottish BAFTA New Talent, and Sound Design work on award winning films.


Scottish/UK/EU students: £7,740 International students: £19,440

Entry Requirements

All applicants should normally have a good honours degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience.

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