General information about applying for our undergraduate courses and the interview process.
The course opened my eyes to what is possible in the world of theatre sound and sound design generally. With a combination of practical learning in a variety of roles on professional level shows, and support from the industry’s top practitioners, I really couldn’t ask for a better environment to experiment and expand my knowledge.
Graduated 2017, credits include sound design for National Youth Theatre’s Jekyll And Hyde and Holy Crap at the King’s Head Theatre.
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3 years full-time, October start
Institution code: C35; Course code: WW34
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Practice
This course explores the possibilities of one of the most rapidly evolving of the specialist theatre disciplines. Working with tutors who are active professionals and with state-of-the-art equipment, you'll learn the art of creating sonic worlds integral to dramatic narrative, and develop the technical ability to control the sonic environment of live performance.
Studying on the Theatre Sound specialism of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice degree course, you will:
The newest professional performance technologies, including computer-based show control, audio recording, waveform editing, digital mixing, audio and computer networking, MIDI, scripting and OSC are made available to you and can become an integral part of your practice. Relevant acoustic and electronic theory helps you use this equipment effectively in practice and allows you to adapt to emerging technologies in the future.
If you are interested in composition for performance, the relationship between the fields of sound design and music composition may be explored.
Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 64 UCAS tariff points. You can see how many tariff points your qualifications would gain on the UCAS Tariff Calculator. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email us if you need further clarification.
Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.
For information on alternative entry requirements please see www.ucas.com.
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Find out more about the interview process for this course.
Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.
Theatre Sound was one of the first courses to incorporate the concept of industry partnerships at Central, looking at ways in which collaboration between audio and theatre industries could be mutually beneficial.
The programme is generously supported by major industry partners, including:
Central played a major role in the establishment of the Association of Sound Designers (ASD), which provides a platform for continuing professional development and community support.
Many opportunities for sound students come through the network of graduates already well placed in the industry.
Graduate employment and career pathways include:
Gareth Fry (1996) is the Chair of the Association of South Designers and was the Sound Designer for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. He also won an Olivier Award in 2017 for Best Sound Design for J.K Rowling’s West End play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Carolyn Downing (2002) won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Sound Design for Chimerica. Other Sound Design credits include, The Motherf**ker with the Hat (The National Theatre), Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse) and King John (The Royal Shakespeare Company).
View profiles of the academic staff who teach on this course. Click on each staff member to find out more about them.
View profiles of the Class of 2018 for this course. Click on each student to find out more about them.