Graduates of this course win BAFTAs and multiple other awards every year. Our students have won the student section of the Los Angeles based Golden Reel Awards for best sound 13 times since 1996 (we won it again this year)! Sound Design students train in all aspects of audio post-production, developing the techniques and creative awareness required as dubbing editors, sound designers and dubbing mixers.
  • Most comprehensive course in sound available.
  • Study in a collaborative filmmaking environment.
  • Aesthetic and technical skills developed.
  • Facilities rival professional post-production houses.
  • Work on both live action and animation films.
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto the course starting in 2018 and 2019 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £10,609 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Postgraduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England.  It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here.

Course Overview

The components of the soundtrack – dialogue, atmospheres, Foleys, ADR, designed fx and music – are explored in detail using facilities rivalling those of the best audio post-production houses. With a firm emphasis on storytelling, students develop an aesthetic awareness integrated with technical expertise, encouraging them to be collaborators from an early stage in all productions and throughout the whole post-production process.

In 2016, an NFTS student won the Verna Fields Award for Best Sound Editing in the student category of the US Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards. This is the 13th time a graduating NFTS student has won this award in the last 20 years and, together with the demand for new graduates, demonstrates the esteem with which this course is regarded within the film and television industry.


The course represents a steady progression beginning with the basic technology and skills that underpin and support the creative process and ending with the responsibility for sound design on a range of graduation films. At each stage additional skills are added through specific workshops - e.g. music recording, to provide a comprehensive education that is of great value in understanding and communicating with other industry professionals.

Using the latest equipment and technology, students work as sound designers on fiction, documentary and animation projects developing their skills in digital tracklaying and mixing.


A series of exercises focusing on sound editing and mixing techniques Workshops with Editing and Composing students:

  • Abstract Film Workshop
  • Without Images - a sound-only project
  • Dramaturgy Workshop - focusing on script and script analysis, blocking and cover, and performance
  • Editing the Scene - editing a scene to learn the basics of scene structure
  • Short documentary - sound mixing
  • Zen and Beyond - fiction workshop focusing on visual storytelling
  • Documentary Poetry - exploring the use of non- synchronous sound and music
  • Animation projects - the application of music and sound effects
  • 1st year Fiction film - collaborating with all other departments
  • Cross Spec - an introduction to film language and storytelling involving all departments


  • Investigative Documentary - sound post for the major 1st year Documentary production
  • Remixing the 1st year Fiction film tracks
  • Advanced editing, design and mixing techniques including surround sound mixing
  • 2nd Year Fiction production, shot on a digital format
  • Graduation films in documentary, fiction and animation

On the short films and 2nd Year films, Sound Design students work as sound supervisors, creating the track from pre-production through to the mix.

Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.

For the outline programme specification and MA course student agreement, please view the documents available on our entry requirements page for more information.


The course is led by Sound Designer Chris Pow. Tutors include Graham Hartstone (Aliens, Eyes Wide Shut, Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough), Paul Davies (We Need to Talk About KevinThe Queen), Andy Kennedy (Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Adrian Rhodes (The Hollow Crown, Aardman's Pirates!, the Wallace and Gromit films) and Ian Morgan (Vinyl, North and South, Alien vs Predator).


Sound Designers Adrian Rhodes (The Queen, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), Martin Jensen (The King's Speech, Atonement, The Fades), Paul Davies (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Hunger, The Queen), Miriam Ludbrook (The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, Sugar Rush), Stuart Hilliker (Jane Eyre, State of Play) and Lydia Andrew (Audio Director, Electronic Arts) studied at the NFTS.

Sound Design graduate Lim Ting Li runs Singapore's first Dolby mixing theatre. The award-winning sound designer Lim Ting Li most recent work is Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice, which premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year. Her awards include the Verna Fields Award in sound editing at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards in Los Angeles and the best sound designer award at the 2013 Underwire Festival in London.

Entry Requirements

In the Post Production department, we are looking to assemble a group of students with diverse and varied backgrounds. There is no 'typical' student or perfect candidate who conforms to a mandatory list of qualifications. Applicants are likely to have some industry experience, or training in their chosen field. Your background may be in the arts or other media, you might be looking for a further professional qualification or wish to broaden your knowledge of sound production, taking you to a higher level of work.

Application materials must include visual materials (video or stills) with an associated soundtrack that you have constructed; and a sound montage including speech, that you have created and post-produced.

Apply With

Your application must be accompanied by two pieces of supporting material.

  • Submit your own complete sound design for one of the clips provided (full details/access to clips is outlined in the materials sheet)
  • In addition please submit one other piece, preferably a short film you have worked on, or alternatively an audio only piece is also allowed.
    Additional Short Film Material:
    This could be a professional production, a student project, or a piece specifically created for this application.
    Maximum duration of each project: 10 minutes. (You may submit a 10 minute extract of a longer piece if required)
    All video files must be in QuickTime format (any standard codec), with stereo audio.
    Additional Audio Only Material (if unable to provide a second short film piece):
    Ideally, there should be an emphasis on spoken word and/or sound design content. Music should not form the dominant part of any audio only material.
    Maximum duration of each project: 5 minutes. (You may submit a 5 minute extract of a longer piece if required)
    All audio files must be stereo interleaved WAV file (48KHz).
  • A copy of the Supporting Materials Sheet

File format and delivery: Please send a copy of your clips as QuickTime movie files or WAV file, as a downloadable link via either WeTransfer or Dropbox to

How to Apply

The application deadline has now passed, please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and email address if you would like to be added to a mailing list:
  • 2 Year Course
  • Full-time
  • Course runs Jan-Dec each year
  • Next intake: January 2019
  • NFTS Scholarships available for UK Students