Sound for the Moving Image

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MDes Sound for the Moving Image. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


One year programme delivered in three consecutive stages, each lasting for 15 weeks. In stages 1 and 2, students take a variety of courses with other PG students from across GSA; courses shared across the School of Simulation and Visualisation; courses specific to the MDes in Sound for the Moving Image; and open electives, selected from a broad menu of available options. In stage 3, students work towards the production of a large-scale self directed final project, supported throughout by individual supervision.

Students are based at the School of Simulation and Visualisation at the Hub at Pacific Quay and have access to extensive digital facilities and equipment including two 5.1 Surround Sound Dubbing Studios and a periphonic ambisonics SoundLab.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Programme Leader
Ronan Breslin

Paul Wilson
Dr Jessica Argo
Adam Scott
Daisy Abbott
Gillian Moffat

Programme Overview

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.

The programme is delivered via a series of taught workshops, set and elective projects, lecture and seminar based sessions, and self-directed learning. The emphasis of the programme rationale is the interplay between creative practices underpinned by theoretical research, mediated through the craft elements of sound production within a visual environment. Students will be expected to engage in a high level of self-directed learning, research and independent critical reflection, as well as participating in the taught elements of study.

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.

Programme Structure

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.)


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