About

This program in audio and acoustics provides you with in-depth specialisations in both audio and acoustics. At the end of the program, you will be able to move effortlessly between audio technologies and acoustical approaches to the use, production, monitoring and manipulation of sound, for a variety of purposes and spaces. You will extend these core specialisations by choosing from our range of industry-relevant electives, enhancing your career prospects. This stimulating and fast-paced degree gives you the understandings necessary for the design, measurement and theory that underpin all professional applications of audio and acoustics.

Your core program and elective choices will extend your skills in aesthetic sound design, sound recording, system design, acoustical monitoring, theory and measurement. You will explore these approaches throughout studies in new media, computer modelling, psychology and sound engineering.

The focus on audio and acoustics is integrated with core subjects in architectural science. As the only audio and acoustics program delivered by a faculty of design and the built environment, the program we offer gives unrivalled training in the contributions that sound can make to buildings, software systems and everyday lives. You will be taught approaches that recognise and respond to this crucial importance.

You may also extend your core program through a double-stream course of study. The double stream extends your core program in audio and acoustics and allows you to study an additional area of study. We offer additional studies in Illumination Design, Sustainable Design and Building Services. This extension of study gives you access to a new field of study in its own right, but also draws on the understandings from your core program to increase your breadth of understanding and employment options.

Career Prospects

You will graduate with a specialist education in audio and acoustics. This leads to a number of vocational opportunities. Our graduates work audio production, sound design, audio systems design, acoustical consulting, and research and development of audio and acoustics products and other professionally related fields. Some graduates have used the degree as the foundation for a research degree in audio and acoustics, for which the Faculty offers both a Master of Philosophy and doctorate programs.

Profiles

Rob Taylor

I love sound as a medium and what you can do with it, both artistically and scientifically. It’s always captivated me since I was very young. Plus, I’m quite a technology junkie and you get to play with some pretty cool gadgets in audio.

When I was researching postgraduate programs in New South Wales, Sydney offered the only degree that leaned towards scientific based subjects like digital audio systems and acoustics. There appeared to be a better balance between the creative and the analytical than other courses that were available.

Already having had a career in audio production, I’m looking at this point in my life to build upon what I have already done and maybe move into a different area. I’m certainly hoping to do some academic research in the future carrying on from what I am doing now in the Master degree.

I honestly wish I had of done the course a long time ago as the science gives you an understanding of everything that is going on ‘besides’ just the mixing console and performance. A whole new area of knowledge has opened up for me and I’m really finding that very useful. I’m passionate about my studies; I tend to put a lot of time and effort into it. I think that’s vitally important if you want to get a good result and make the most of the experience.

LUCAS MACCHI

I became interested in audio and acoustics while studying engineering. I have a passion for music (being a musician myself) and wanted to combine those two fields. That's how I discovered acoustical engineering.

I didn't know much about Sydney before coming here. I chose Sydney because I was looking for a course outside Europe, with a campus close to the center of a city. When I saw the courses offered at The University of Sydney for acoustics, the diversity of course that were taught and the facilities available, my choice was made.

I enjoyed Sound Design for New Media classes very much. This is a fascinating field, where every other aspect of acoustics is involved (including: digital signal processing, room acoustics, loudspeaker design), but used for a creative purpose. History of Sound Design also teaches a lot about the evolution of acoustics.

Acoustics are becoming more important in many industries. New regulations are increasing the need for consultancy offices with the ability to measure, study and certify. In the transportation industry – in which I now work - acoustics have been important for many years but it is still a challenging area. There is a lot that remains to be discovered. In helicopters and cars, noisiness (or quietness) of the cabin is becoming a major point of investigation for manufacturers. This means the outputs from research and development are always increasing.

Double Stream

The Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate programs in Audio and Acoustics provide you with a specialisation in both audio and acoustics. You study both of these fields of study within your core program, in addition to foundational units in architectural science. All students of the Audio and Acoustics program are trained in these fundamental understandings.

But you may be a student that wants to distinguish yourself. You might want to extend your studies and truly demonstrate to employers your mastery not just of Audio and Acoustics, but also of a related field from the design sciences. The Double Stream program in Audio and Acoustics allows you to demonstrate this dedication to your studies and the commitment to professional skills these studies represent.

You may take an additional 24 credit points from the core units of our programs in Illumination Design, Sustainable Design and Building Services.

Facilities and Equipment

All students in our Audio and Acoustics program have access to the latest equipment for audio production, measurement and manipulation. We have a variety of facilities that mirror or exceed the industry standards for audio and acoustics tasks. As a student with us, you will have access to investigative laboratories and research spaces designed for audio and acoustics projects,including over 196-channel loudspeaker array, for high-resolution spatial audio rendering. Our recording studio is used for the production of audio, while our surround sound studio is used for sound design projects and research. We offer the only Indoor Environmental Quality laboratory in the southern hemisphere and dedicated audio research facilities in our anechoic chamber and reverberant room.

The audio equipment store in the Faculty is extensive, and gives our students access to:

  • “orange box” acoustics / audio measurement kits, consisting of a laptop (with relevant software), an audio interface, measurement microphone and calibrator

  • Brüel and Kjaer type 2250 sound metres

  • Range of studio and field microphones, including a binaural dummy head microphone)

  • Acoustic camera

  • Impedance and airflow resistivity tubes

  • Acoustic mannequins

  • NTI talkbox (for STIPA measurement)

  • Tapping machines

  • Soundfield microphone

Curriculum

Semester 1 Semester 2

CORE

CORE

DESC9200 Introduction to Architectural Science
DESC9011 Audio Production
DESC9115 Digital Audio Systems
DESC9138 Architectural and Audio Acoustics
6
6
6
6
DESC9201 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
DESC9117 Sound Design for New Media
6
6

Optional Units

Optional Units

ARCH9031 Research Report
DESC9134 Audio and Acoustics Seminar
DESC9135 Digital Audio Production with ProTools
DESC9137 Spatial Audio
DESC9153 Graduate Internship
DESC9300 Research in Arch. & Design Science
12
6
6
6
6
6
ARCH9031 Research Report
DESC9090 Audio Systems and Measurement
DESC9153 Graduate Internship
DESC9300 Research in Arch. & Design Science
DESC9133 Architectural Acoustics Practice
12
6
6
6
6

How To Apply

This program can be taken as a Graduate Certificate (six months full time), Graduate Diploma (one year full time) or Master degree (one and a half years full time).

Masters applicants should hold a bachelors degree with a credit average. Graduate Diploma applicants should hold a bachelors degree. Graduate Certificate applicants should hold a bachelors degree or possess experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course. Part time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents, and must be completed within the maximum limits of 6 years for Masters, 4 years for Diploma and 3 years for Graduate Certificates.

This program can also be taken as double stream Master degree in combination with another Design Science Program. To undertake a double degree, the core units from the secondary degree are taken as the electives in the primary degree. Please see the Faculty Handbook for enrolment advice for secondary stream structure.

Many Design Science units are taught as ‘block-mode’ intensive classes, delivered over four to six full days, of which some fall on weekends to accommodate full-time working students. Some units however may be delivered in weekly lecture format. Please refer to the Faculty Handbook to explore the delivery method of you chosen subjects.

Students may apply to upgrade at the completion of their program from the Graduate Certificate, through to the Diploma and then to the Masters by maintaining a credit average over the course of study.

Masters and Diploma students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete.

The Maximum Credit that can be applied from previous study towards this degree is as follows: Masters | 18 credit points (12 towards core only) Graduate Diploma | 18 credit points (12 towards core only) Graduate Certificate | 18 credit points

Applications for credit can be applied for at or after enrolment by submitting the following Credit request form to the Student Administration Centre

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Applications must be accompanied by original transcripts of study (or copies issued and certified by the issuing institution), together with certified copies of your Identification. (Birth Certificate or Passport).

Where students are applying for a certificate level based on industry experience, please attach a CV and any other supporting documentation which may assist in the assessment of your application.


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