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Your programme of study

If you are interested in sound and the noises you can make within a musical framework Sonic Arts provides a discipline in which you can explore and develop your knowledge of sonic arts and sound technology. You get a wide range of opportunities to advance your skills, experimentation and musicology at Aberdeen to then present a wide ranging portfolio of sonic arts creativity. This is a growth area of the music industry due to the wide ranging effects which can enhance any type of musical performance across the industry and beyond into theatre.

The programme prepares you for a career in creative industries in artistic, commercial and academic areas where creative approaches to sound are in demand, offering you a comprehensive overview of sonic arts.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Composing with Sound


Music Research Seminar Series

Introduction to Visual Culture and Theory

Art and Business

The Museum Idea

Northern Worlds

Semester 2


Electroacoustic Composition: the Voice and the Machine

Sound Design for New Media


Words and Music

Contemporary European Opera

Locations and Dislocations: the Role of Place in Literature

Curating an Exhibition

Developing A Theory of Practice: :Learning and Museum

Northern People and Cultures

Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration

Cultural Property Issues, Law, Art and Museums

Oral Traditions

Semester 3

Research Project in Sonic Arts

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You study in an excellent music department taught by internationally acclaimed professional musicians
  • You study in a music department with a heritage of music and composition since  Kings College in 1495
  • Graduates from Aberdeen go on to employment in the creative industries globally within film, games, broadcasting, theatre and entertainment

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time 24 Months Part Time
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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Living in Aberdeen

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  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

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Visit the Sonic Arts MMus page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!






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