University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This programme is designed to further the development of students' conceptual and contextual understanding of sound arts practice and its discourse. Students are encouraged to adopt a personal and distinctive approach to their work and research. The course includes a strong taught component combined with ample opportunities for practical work. Students will be able to extend their portfolio within an academic context, engage in theoretical and practical research, develop their creative and critical skills, explore personal areas of interest in sound arts and engage in practice'based research. The aim of the course is to facilitate individual practice and guide students towards a professional career as a sound artist or into research. The course culminates in a curated show and a public symposium where students will get the opportunity to present their work and research to an audience. Specialist areas of interest within the department include the following: Composition; sound recording and mixing; phonography; field recording and acoustic ecology; interactive work; sound installations; live performance; radiophonic practices; sound for film; a variety of cross platform work. There is also an extensive programme of visiting speakers and performers and students are extremely active in promoting their work both inside and outside the college.

Course Modules

Modules include: Induction; practice based research; contemporary themes in sound arts practice; project development and workshops; curatorial contexts for sound art; major project.

Course Additional Entry

A good Honours degree in a relevant subject such as sound arts, fine art, film and video or other related field, or a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree. Experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,230  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,250  Whole course. First year home fees