The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design (BAMSD) is a four-year degree focusing on the creative principles of interactive sound design. This program combines foundational coursework in music – including music history, composition, theory, and performance – with practical training in studio recording techniques and sound design principles. Students who successfully complete the BAMSD program will be able to create engaging game and film soundtracks by applying music concepts in a real-world studio setting, not just as a sound designer, but as an effective team member with a broad understanding of the game development process.

Admissions Information

The ideal candidate for the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound will be passionate about music and able to demonstrate some proficiency in either voice or an instrument by recording a short performance for review by DigiPen's BAMSD admissions committee. More important than musicianship, however, is the applicant's ear: candidates should have an intuitive grasp of concepts such as pitch, intervals, melody, harmony, and rhythm, and how these elements coalesce to form unique musical expressions. Read more about applying to DigiPen.



Topics Covered

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design program will focus on the following subjects:

  • Music, including music theory, music history, composition, and musicianship. In addition to classroom courses, the BAMSD program includes eight semester of private instruction in either an instrument or voice.
  • Studio recording techniques, including mixing, microphone selection and placement, digital audio workstations, studio acoustics, and synthesis. Students will learn the ins and outs of soundtrack production through intensive semester-long projects.
  • Sound design for video games, including sound effect creation, interactive sound design, scripting, and the game development pipeline.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design program will be qualified to seek a number of different positions in the game, animation, and interactive media industries, including:

  • Sound Designer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Recording engineer
  • Audio production editor
  • Composer
  • Musician

BAMSD Program Details

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