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BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Theatre

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Music and Performance





On campus, dual delivery


Course summary

The sound and music industry is transforming. Traditional careers are adapting to include creative industries that require skills in sound and music production. The broadcast, film, theatre, games and immersive experience industries are growing and thriving.

We see opportunities for multi-skilled, digitally fluent, dynamic and adaptable sound and music creators, who can initiate and present innovative ideas in modern and engaging ways.

The BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Theatre is part of a suite of programmes for applied practice in professional industry contexts. The key features of these programmes are: A focus on Ideas, Creative Enterprise and Collaboration, Portfolio of Transferable Skills, Professional Industry Projects

You will develop and apply a range of specialist technical and creative skills in sound and music production, working collaboratively within interdisciplinary projects modelled on professional practice in the theatre industry.

The principal focus of the Sound and Music for Theatre will be Music Composition and Production, Sound Design, Music Direction and Actor-Musicianship, Sound Craft for Theatre, with some elements shared with other programmes in the suite.

UCAS points


Course options


UCAS code


Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Develop skills

Students will have the opportunity to specialise in developing specialist skills and collaborative projects, building a professional practice portfolio that represents the breadth of their skills and experience, both within the specialist field of Sound and Music for Media, and also across the range of skills sets within the sound and music programme suite.

Industry links

The programme capitalises on links with thriving media and art and design programmes at the University of East London (including media production, animation, film, immersive experience), and links with professionals and companies within the audio production industry.

Placement opportunities

The programme features a placement module and a placement year, which will provide significant opportunity to exploit links with industry, and enrich your experience, transforming your opportunities for employment within the sector.


Tristan Parkes, Programme Leader

BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Theatre

This course explores both the age-old traditional and the state-of-the-art digital routes taken in the creation of music and sound design and how both these routes enhance the other greatly; particularly in a booming performing arts industry that is hungry for new, exciting and original content.

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include a music-related subject
Extended Diploma or Diploma
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.


(Including European Union)


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
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What you'll learn

We’re offering you a unique opportunity to develop and apply specialist skills in collaborative industry-focused projects.

You will develop a range of practical skills and techniques, and collaboration skills, while developing an understanding of the professional, cultural, social, and technological contexts of your practice.

If you join in the foundation year, you will have the opportunity to transform and develop your existing experience and skills in creative practice and establish key academic skills to prepare you for undergraduate study.

The first year of undergraduate study develops core technical and creative skills in key areas of disciplinary practice and collaboration. You will participate in industry-modelled projects in collaboration with students from other related disciplines.

In the second year you will experiment further, explore different approaches to individual and collaborative practice, engaging with external practitioners and organisations, and developing employability skills as part of a Professional Life module.

In the third year of study you will become more focused on the development of your own specialist ideas, practice and research, individually and in collaboration with others, internal and external to the University.

You will graduate with a rich and dynamic digital portfolio to present to industry professionals and future employers.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Sound and Music Skills 1
  • Group Work 1
  • Professional Outcomes
  • Sound and Music Skills 2
  • Group Work 2
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life
  • Sound and Music for Theatre Technique 1
  • Collaboration 1
  • Public Project 1
  • Sound and Music for Theatre Technique 2
  • Collaboration 2
  • Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth)
  • Sound and Music for Theatre Craft 1
  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1
  • Public Project 2
  • Sound and Music for Theatre Craft 2
  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2
  • Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

  • Sound and Music for Theatre: Advanced Practice and Innovation
  • Final Project: Research and Development
  • Public Project 3
  • Sound and Music for Theatre: Advanced Practice and Enterprise
  • Final Project: Engagement and Impact
  • Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth)

How you'll be assessed

Professional practice, innovation, enterprise and engagement will be modelled and applied in live projects and assessed through the development of an online creative portfolio. Each piece of coursework will be presented as a digital portfolio.

Assessment of portfolios is split as follows: 80% Practice Portfolio and 20% Coursework Portfolios.

Practice Portfolio
Practice portfolios are used to capture multi-dimensional evidence relating to the product of a creative process (e.g. soundtrack, composition, installation, improvisation, workshop, site-specific activity, interactive artefact (e.g. interactive documentary or website), and other artefacts relating to the creation of this material, including formative assessment evidence (e.g. plans, notes, storyboards, evidence of collaborative development / devising).

Coursework Portfolios
Practice and Theory are integrated, so that research skills, critical reflection and evaluation, and contextual studies are embedded in your project work throughout the programme.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Your journey may begin at Foundation level, where you will establish core skills and techniques in common projects: Music Performance, Music Production, Studio Production, Sound Design and Creative Portfolio Development.

At level 4 you will begin to focus on developing specialist techniques for your chosen programme pathway, as well as collaborating in live projects with students from other programmes, including Music, Games, Media, Theatre, and Dance: Urban Practice.

Level 4 Projects:
Music Skills, Producing an EPK, Imaginary Productions, Linear Recording Methods, Sound Design and the Environment, My Music My Revolution, Performance Skills 1, Live Collision, Sound Design for Adaptive Contexts, Creative Portfolio Production.

At level 5 all programmes will take common projects that develop core skills in creative practice and contextual awareness, and specialist projects:

Common Projects:
Narrative Production, Design Thinking, Creative Agency, Our Music Our Revolution.

Specialist projects:
Sound and Music for Film, Performance Skills 2, Instant Composition, Creative Capture and Production, Sound Craft, Linear Composition, Adaptive Audio Programming, Sound and Music Direction

At level 6 the key focus will be upon a pattern of research, development, implementation and impact, through which you will develop a portfolio of advanced practice and skills innovation, and a final project portfolio.

Your future career

Sound and Music programmes at the University of East London develop an existing base of core skills in sound and music creation and production and apply these to specific industrial contexts in collaborative projects that simulate professional practice, and which integrate with the media industry in live projects.

The BA Sound and Music for Theatre programme will develop a core set of skills in Music Composition and Production, Sound Design, Music Direction and Actor-Musicianship, Sound Craft for Theatre, and will also develop transferrable skills (linked to UEL Core Competencies and the Career Passport) for the creative industries.   

Students will be able to collaborate and participate in a range of projects, resulting in a portfolio of project work that represents a broad range of skills and experience, with depth of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills.

This approach anticipates a diverse world of work, building skills in learners to create coherence and impact that is transferrable across multiple contexts.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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