Throughout this program, you will combine sound recording, design and new media with acoustic engineering, signal processing, audio systems, computational modelling and psychoacoustics. You will build on a foundational understanding of the broader aspects of architectural science, including illumination, building services, sustainable design and indoor environmental quality.
Audio and Acoustics
The program is ideal for graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments as well as audio engineers, architects, interior designers, sustainability designers and music-industry professionals who wish to broaden and deepen their expertise. Units are taught in the evening to cater for working students.
Many students use this program to build high technical capabilities on their broader creative or professional background.
You will graduate with a specialist education in audio and acoustics that could lead to career opportunities in audio production, system design and acoustic consulting.
Part-time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents. You may also take individual units as continuing professional development short courses without enrolling in a degree.
The following is an indicative progression for Audio and Acoustics, assuming a focus on practice:
Credit points required per semester: 24
Indicative progression based on a 72 credit point master’s degree with a Semester 1 enrolment.
* Full-time students with a research focus should undertake DESC9300 (Research in Architectural and Design Science) in Semester 2 and ARCH9031 (Research Report) in Year
“My internship at JHA Engineers was a rewarding and invaluable experience. It not only led me to full-time employment as an acoustics consultant, but taught me so much about the industry and acoustics in practice by supplementing and consolidating my understanding of the concepts I learned in class.
I am looking forward to starting my research project in open plan office acoustics this year. My hope is to use the knowledge and findings from my research project in the work I do every day.”
I completed two research projects as part of my degree. At first I thought that research was not for me, and while it can be extremely challenging, it turned out to be a great method of learning; very rewarding, and something that set me apart from other candidates when searching for a job.
One of my research projects was in collaboration with Arup, through the firm’s research and development program. This was a great opportunity for me to work alongside some of the top acoustic specialists in Australia, and to form industry relationships that would eventually lead to me being offered a job as an acoustic consultant.
“This degree allowed me to complete internships as part of the coursework, which is a fundamental learning experience and a way of getting a foot in the door.
My intention as a graduate was to work as an acoustic engineer. When I entered the industry as an intern I discovered a different role that I really enjoyed. I became an audio-visual consultant, a job that challenges me every day and where I can also put into practice the skills I gained from the master’s degree.”
Dr Densil Cabrera is a senior lecturer in audio and acoustics in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. He did his PhD in psychoacoustics at the University of Sydney. Earlier degrees include a Master of Arts (University of Technology, Sydney), Graduate Diploma in Communication (University of Technology, Sydney) and Bachelor of Music (University of Sydney).
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