Sound Design
Department of Media & Design

Sound Design

Major of Communication, Media, Sound and Interaction Design


The designing of and with sound forms the core of this interuniversity course. You will develop detailed knowledge of the artistic design, media-enabled preparation and technical processing of sound as well as semantic and psychoacoustic perception. Students benefit from the collaboration between FH JOANNEUM and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. The course is based at the Institute of Design & Communication which enables work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

What you will learn:

Audio production and post-production

You'll develop in-depth knowledge in audio production for the design of videos, games and mobile apps. You will also learn about the professional application of advanced audio techniques in post-production such as mastering, synchronisation, real time synthesis, sound restoration, plug-in architecture and programming.

Audio branding

You'll explore the development and use of acoustic brands or brand elements: from audio logos to jingles, brand voices and soundscapes.


You will work on the presentation of data as sound and will learn methods such as audification, parameter mapping and model-based sonification. You will focus on the possibilities offered by sonification in computer music and media art.

Product sound design for industry

You will develop strategies to enable the acoustic optimisation of products: from the acoustic design of new or existing products to the creation of sound worlds.

Acoustic environment, soundscapes and sound ecology

The significance of hearing in a visually oriented society is demonstrated using individual sound landscapes of biotopes or urban centres as examples.

Sonic interaction design

Sonic interaction design is situated at the interface between interaction design and sound and music computing. It studies the contribution of sound to interaction designs and the design of interaction with sound. The focus is on the acoustic properties and aspects of spatial audio perception in the interaction between people and the computer-supported environment.

Did you know, …

… that the course covers the entire range of sound design?

We provide our graduates with a broad cross-section of the professional field. You will also have the chance to specialise.

Did you know, …

… that projects are often completed in interdisciplinary settings including collaboration with the Interaction Design, Communication Design and Media Design specialisations?

Did you know, …

… that we collaborate with partners from the media industry and cultural institutions – festivals or media centres?

This offers our students the chance to establish valuable contacts for their professional career while still studying.

Did you know, …

… that virtually all project results are published?

For example, they are shown at festivals, broadcast by various media or presented at exhibitions.

Did you know, …

… that our students develop their projects under ‘real world conditions’?

The production processes are carried out based on a practical division of labour. The experimental research of current scenarios or products leads on to the development of a functional prototype in order to transform a visionary and innovative idea into a marketable product or scenario.

Did you know, …

… that our students can also combine the course with a career if they have good self-management skills?

One day per week is lesson-free. The average attendance during the first three semesters is 19 hours per week. During the fourth semester, students write a master's thesis, which means that during this time the average attendance is three hours per week.