Sound Design (8204R035)

bachelor's programme qualification

General information about admission process

The basic prerequisites for the programme are mainly creative aptitude and a deep interest in cinematography and its artistic sources (literature, fine arts, music?). These also include imagination, abstract thinking ability, musicality and excellent aural analytic ability. Basic knowledge of electroacoustics and practical experience with sound equipment are assumed. Knowledge of a foreign language, in particular English, is an advantage. Important personal characteristics include in particular a sense of teamwork, communicative ability, ability to make decisions quickly and independently, psychological resilience, reliability and dedication. The submitted authored works are assessed for imaginativeness, the ability to express an idea by means of sound, and a sense of aesthetics and composition in order to shape the sound material into a sensible whole; the submitted theoretical works are assessed for analytical reflective ability, which concerns the dramaturgy of the sound component.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

The programme does not have any specific requirements for the recognition of prior learning.

The procedure for recognition at AMU is governed by Articles 89 and 90 of the Act on Higher Education Institutions No. 111/1998 Coll., as amended, and by the AMU Attendance and Examination Regulations (Articles 8, 14, 18).

Qualification requirements and regulations

Required qualifications: A completed secondary or a completed secondary vocational education; exceptionally, it is also possible to admit candidates without a completed secondary, a completed secondary vocational or higher vocational education at a conservatory.

Regulations: The Czech education system is governed by the Act on Higher Education Institutions, as amended (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.), and by the internal regulations of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Field of study characterization

The Bachelor?s programme in Sound Design is focused on the universal preparation of independent creative individuals ? soundmasters and sound directors ? for the full range of sound design applications, i.e. for film, TV, radio, music studios, theatres and other applications of sound. The student acquires basic professional knowledge and skills in the area of sound equipment, and deepens his/her musical, aesthetic and sound-dramaturgical sensitivity, creative imagination and cultural overview.

Key learning outcomes

A graduate of the Bachelor?s programme has mastered the basic approaches to designing the soundtrack of an audio-visual work in practice, enhances the possibilities of his/her own (individual) creative outputs, and is able to organise and direct the creative and technical process of realising film sound.

On the basis of theoretical considerations, the graduate is able to express clearly his/her positions and proposed solutions for specific creative assignments. The graduate is able to formulate his/her considerations and opinions in a persuasive and consistent form. In the collective creative process of film production, of which the programme graduate is an integral and active component, this skill has a fundamental impact on the shape of the resulting work.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

The programme prepares students to perform the sound craft in the usual positions of the profession of film sound ? soundmasters, supervisors, designers, etc., so that graduates are able to contribute effectively to the high artistic and technical quality of the sound component of an audio-visual work. The programme graduate is capable of integrating himself/herself in a qualified manner into team collaboration, in particular with a film or television crew, and has mastered the basic technologies of sound postproduction.

Access to further studies

The Master?s programme in the field of Sound Design.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Studies are assessed by credits and examinations stipulated by study plans. The student is informed of these through the information system.

The student registers for examinations using the information system, and is entitled to a second and third attempt to pass an examination. If neither of these attempts proves successful, the Dean may in exceptional cases permit a fourth attempt (administered by a commission). It is not permitted to repeat an examination for the main subjects or to repeat written examinations.

The credit is an ungraded form of assessment of studies. It is allocated upon fulfilment of requirements stipulated for individual subjects and is recorded in the information system with the word ?Credited? (Z). An examination is a graded form of assessment of studies, which tests knowledge and level of creativity in the relevant subject. In the main subjects, examinations are administered by a commission. An examination may be practical, written, oral, or involve a combination of these methods. Examinations are graded on the scale ?A, B, C, D, E, F?.

Graduation requirements

The student fulfils the requirements set by the study plan.

The student passes the final state examination:

Praktická práce bakalářská / Sound Design ? Bachelor?s Production

Akustika a zvuková technika / Acoustics and Sound Technique

Hudební akustika / Sound Acoustics

Hudba / Music

Praktické práce bakalářské / Bachelor´s Practical Works

Teorie zvukové tvorby / Theory of Sound Design

Zvuková dramaturgie AV díla a zvuková tvorba / Sound Dramaturgy of an Audio-Visual Production and Sound Design

Mode of study


Qualification director or equivalent


Field of study is part of study programme

Qualification study plans

No study planned is available.