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  • Objectives
    This course has been designed to extend the core skills of the student and to provide opportunities to acquire new interdisciplinary skills in a range of cognate areas. Graduates will possess transferable skills of particular relevance to employment within both creative and high technology industries.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrance Requirements A 2:1 degree in a related subject area. Exceptionally, where this requirement is not met, appropriate alternative qualifications and/or appropriate professional experience may be taken into consideration as part of the selection process. Additional Information for International Students Minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575 or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    MA in Sonic Arts
  • Course description
    Course Content
    The MA in Sonic Arts is a one year full-time taught programme that covers multiple aspects of sound, creativity and technology. The course takes advantage of the international cross-disciplinary team and the unique studio and performance facilities at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.

    The first semester provides students with a detailed insight into sound and technologies used in both industrial and experimental contexts. This semester covers topics such as: the structure and function of the ear, basic principles of auditory perception, surround sound recording, editing, mixing, sound synthesis and design techniques.

    The second semester allows students to focus on current developments in Sonic Arts by enabling them to choose one of the following routes: Composition and Sound Design, Computer Gaming, Media and Theory, Music Interfaces and Interaction, and Digital Signal Processing. The programme culminates in a supervised summer research project in the chosen subject route.

    Assessment
    By project, continuous assessment, and portfolio.

    Funding
    AHRC, EPSRC, limited university funding (this list is not exhaustive).

    Special Features
    The multi-million pound Sonic Arts Research Centre fosters interdisciplinary research in the areas of Music, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Leading researchers from institutions around the world are involved in this Centre.

    Opportunities for Careers
    Freelance composer, teaching, media, computer and software technology, digital or Internet technology, sound engineering

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