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Job Description

A Sound or Audio programmer will use computer software and MIDI equipment to design and create sound effects and music that will be used in games, animations, films, etc. They will write code that determines functions like volume and makes it possible for effects like gunshot or footsteps to be triggered by the player's actions.

Entry Requirements

To get into this role you will ideally need to gain experience in the games' industry first.  You could however take a university or college course which will give you some of the skills and experience that you will need. 


You could take a relevant degree course such as:

  • Audio production and music technologies
  • Digital Music and Sound Arts
  • Sound and Music for Games
  • Audio Engineering and Production
  • Sound Technology

For your degree course you will usually need:

  • 5 GCSE's including English and maths
  • and 2 or 3 A levels

University Course Search

College Course

You could take a college course in subjects such as:

  • Music Technology Diploma Level 3
  • Creative Media Production Level 2
  • Creative Media Production and Technology Diploma Level 3

You will usually need

  • 3 to 4 GCSE's at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

The following colleges may have a relevant course

City College Norwich
College of West Anglia
East Coast College
West Suffolk College
Suffolk New College

Career Tips

Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates your technical knowledge.

Get to know people in the games industry by attending events including games conferences and expos.

You could take a short course in audio engineering or music production which will give you added skills.

Required Skills

  • Creativity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good at problem solving
  • Able to work to deadlines
  • The ability to work well as part of a team

Salary Range

£18,000 to £60,000

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