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.
By project, continuous assessment, and portfolio.
AHRC, EPSRC, limited university funding (this list is not exhaustive).
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