B.A. Audio Design
The bachelor programme Audio Design at hdpk in Berlin enables students to create immersive sound worlds, 3D sound scenarios and compositions for time-based and interactive media such as films, radio plays and games as well as sound logos for innovative brands (sound branding). Students conceptualise and programme soft- and hardware-based musical instruments and create audiovisual installations. The audio designer's instrument is his computer.
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|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration of Study||
Summer term (in English) 1 April | Winter term (in German) 1 October
Entrance qualification for German universities. Please check your qualification here. Qualification assessment via Preselection and admission exam: musical presentation, study-specific tasks/tests and interview.
|Languages||German / English|
during the 5th semester
Winter-term: For Non-EU applications: 15 May | For EU: 15 July
Applications for vacated places are possible up until the beginning of the respective semester.
Students from EU/EEA countries: EUR 720,- per month
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries: EUR 750,- per month
Further information on tuition, matriculation fees and various financing options can be found here. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Audio Design: Sound Design in the Digital Age
In the course of their studies, students get to know the basics of sound design, sound engineering and music. In the first four semesters, they gain aesthetic, compositional, sound design, sound engineering and music technology skills. From the 6th semester onwards, students develop these skills further and specialize themselves by choosing projects from the areas of music technology and art, music production as well as sound design and composition. Artistic individuality, individual support and practical implementation of what has been learned are key elements of the B.A. Audio Design programme.
First Semester: The Basics - Theory & Practice I
In the first semester, students dive into the world of audio design. They get to know basic techniques of audio engineering and microphone and recording techniques. In addition, students deal with the physical basics of acoustics and are introduced to common DAW systems (Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton Live). By carrying out practical projects, they deal with the dramaturgical, compositional and technical implementation as well as the effect of their own works and learn the basics of sound design. After the first semester, students will also have an understanding of the history of popular music. Students also receive instrumental lessons in piano in order to be able to use the instrument in their daily work and continue these lessons in the second semester.
Second Semester: Basics - Theory & Practice II
In the second semester, students learn more about music theory and can use their knowledge of sound design and composition for their practical projects. In the module Sound Studies, students analyse concepts and works of sound design and are also given an introduction to scientific work. They also learn the basics of digital signal processing and will be able to apply this knowledge in practice by using sound synthesis techniques. In the second semester, students also carry out an interdisciplinary practical project (e.g. with students of the B.A. Media Design).
Third Semester: Applied Basics I
In the third semester, students develop their own compositions, but also analyse current works. They deal with the basics of music production and get to know the everyday studio life of an audio designer. Students also design software-based musical instruments and interfaces. The Media Law module also teaches copyright law, trademark law and licensing. In the third semester, students also apply their knowledge in practical projects.
Fourth Semester: Applied Basics II
In the fourth semester students get to know the basics of arranging and deepen their compositional skills. In this semester, students also learn mastering, audio mixing and post-production in the studio. They deal with sound branding and sound staging for commissioned works by interdisciplinary agencies and also realise interdisciplinary practical projects with fellow students from other study programmes. The semester ends with an entrepreneurial project in the SRH Start-up Lab.
Fifth semester – Internship/Study abroad
In the fifth semester, students will either do an internship or exchange semester. The internship/exchange semester corresponds to a student workload of 750 hours and is credited with 30 CP.
Sixth Semester: Specialisation & Practice I
In the sixth semester, students choose a project from one of the following areas music technology & art, music production, sound design & composition and can choose their individual focus according to their own interests. These interdisciplinary focus projects are carried out in cooperation with the bachelor programmes Media Design and Creative Industries Management. Students also develop instruments, interfaces and installations in practical projects. Production techniques for 3D audio mixes and multi-channel systems as well as productions in the interplay of sound and space are part of the curriculum. In addition, students deepen their specialist knowledge with an optional module from the Department of Sound (Music Technology & Sound Design). Guest lectures and excursions also give students an insight into the creative strategies and organisational methods of companies and artists outside of their own projects. In addition, students learn about project organisation.
Seventh Semester: Specialisation & Practice II - Bachelor Thesis
In the seventh semester, students chose another project from one of the above mentioned areas, but usually carry it out as an individual project. A further specialisation is also possible in this semester - e.g. with modules such as Game Audio, Film Music & Dramaturgy or workshops with experts from the Department of Sound. In the seventh semester, students also impart their knowledge to younger semesters in basic courses and thus train their didactic and pedagogical skills. The final part of the semester is dedicated to the bachelor thesis.
Audio Design: How to make a Living with Sound Design aka. the Soundtrack of the Future!
Audio designers compose music of various genres, create digital sound designs and acoustic special effects, realize 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.
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 designer
- Music producer
- Audio engineer
- Film musician
- Software Developer
- Product Manager
“Show what you’ve got!” – How to apply for the Bachelor programme Audio Design at the hdpk:
Our admission procedure is two-tiered: a first pre-selection is done based on your application documents and the artistic work samples. If you pass this pre-selection screening we will invite you to come to Berlin for our practical admission exam.
Applicants to the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) must have either general entrance qualification for university or for advanced technical college and, as part of the enrolment procedure, will be asked to provide evidence of their aesthetic-technical/design talents. We will specifically be looking for:
- a strong motivation to express yourself and to design
- a solid understanding of computer-based realisation of music and sound
- basic theoretical and practical knowledge of popular music
Students applying from abroad are requested to provide proof of adequate English language skills, both verbal and in writing (level B2 minimum).
Please submit the following documents:
- Letter of motivation stating: Why are you interested in studying at the hdpk? What are your expectations? What are your professional perspectives? (2 pages maximum).
- Personal data sheet, together with passport photo, place, date, signature
- School leaving certificate: notarised copy, may be handed in later
- In case you have previously studied at another university, please provide de-registration certificate (may also be handed in later)
- Samples of your work: three one-minute MP3s of your own artistic work
Please upload your applications online in our application portal.
Following your successful pre-selection screening you will be invited to the hdpk for a practical examination (30 minutes). This will allow us to assess your study-programme-specific knowledge, your creativity, your commitment to express yourself creatively and your motivation.
The entrance examination consists of a 10-minute practical presentation, and will be completed by an interview conducted by two professors/teachers focusing on your artistic-aesthetic-technical qualifications, your basic theoretical and practical music knowledge, your interest and your motivation to study audio design at hdpk.
The above-mentioned 10-minute-long presentation needs to include two pieces of music/sound, selected by you, with emphasis on digital music production/ sound engineering along with composition/musical adaption. Both fields are equally relevant.
For a detailed description of the requirements and entrance examination, please see our selection procedure for B.A. Audio Design.
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