I live in a not very progressive country, especially with regards to specialisms like sound design. It is in north-eastern europe. And after researching the web I can not find out if there is a place to receive a good education in sound design from a professional perspective.

So my question is: can you recommend the best higher full time education institutions in the field of sound design, within Europe and US?

  • Looking at all of the above, I guess the UK is the center for Sound design training! Lucky guys! Does anyone from Spain, France, or Italy, have anything to say about their sound design institutions? ____________ And to those of you who studied at the courses listed above - do these academies help their graduates get a job? Thanks May 21, 2010 at 9:32
  • yeah thanks =) i hope one day i'll learn this language May 21, 2010 at 11:01
  • Anyone know of any 'distance learning' programs for learning sound design?
    – Kurt Human
    Jun 9, 2010 at 10:11
  • A lot of academies provide their courses online, for example - PointBlank and Berklee college of Music. I saw about 5-7 distance learning offers on the web only around London... But the price is too big for that i think and signing to any attending requiring course will be more affordable Jun 9, 2010 at 16:28

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In the UK, Ravensbourne run a fantastic course called "Sound Design" - it's a down-to-earth, hands-on, vocational, course: lots of work, and just about enough theory. It's very realistic - you don't get lots of perks and top gear, but you do get access to industry standard stuff, and a tight broadcasting/AV community with a lot of common sense. The tutors know what they're talking about and many of them work on real-life non-academic projects. Highly recommended.

  • i think this is the best place for me Sep 14, 2010 at 20:27

Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia USA also has a sound design program. I believe their sound program is fairly new so it doesn't have the reputation of a place like USC. Nevertheless, it might be worth looking into.

SCAD sound design

  • looks delicious May 19, 2010 at 7:29

There's also LIPA in the UK, im currently in my 2nd year of a BA(Hons) in Sound Technology there, it is a really good course. It is not specifically in sound design, although there is a module in it and a optional video production module in the third year, but it does provide a very well rounded curriculum.

They have really amazing facilities, and the lecturers know their stuff inside out.

LIPA BA(hons) Sound Technology Undergraduate Course

If you have any questions about it, or want any more details let me know.

Another really good one in the UK is the Tonnmeister course at Surrey -

Surrey Tonmeister


The MSc in Sound Design at The University of Edinburgh has an excellent reputation.

The University of Edinburgh


I received a well-rounded education in music and technology at Berklee College of Music. If you cannot attend in the States, they also offer an online curriculum.

  • im afraid, Berklee's online courses are offering very sketchy knowledge of design, based on one or several software products like Ableton or Reason... May 18, 2010 at 15:12

I did the MA in Sound Design for the Screen at Bournemouth University, however after just having a look they now offer a BA (Hons) in Soundtrack Production.


The Media School was truly excellent. Great facilities and great staff. I really enjoyed the philosophy that theory informs practice and practice informs theory.




We offer this online Sound Design course -


It uses Native Instruments Kontakt and Reaktor. There is a new course starting on the 5th and if you book before then you can get £50 off. More details here -


Get in touch if you need any more info.

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