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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    28 March 2019

If you enjoy creating sound and experiment with the type of sounds 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. Digital music started to make an impression on society in the pop world but it is now increasingly used across all genres of music to augment the experience for audiences worldwide. Creative practitioners can find niche areas of work which they become known for producing in, or they can work across the genres and become known for their creative ability in producing recordings, re-recording music, and experimenting to find creative novel sound.

You can progress your musical knowledge and range directly from studying at undergraduate level or you may have a combination of training and a portfolio of work which you can continue to progress. 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 area of music is a growth area of the industry due to the wide ranging effects which can enhance any type of musical performance across the recording and performance industry, into theatre, outdoor events, and more. Aberdeen provides the type of environment where you can build your portfolio of work and progress your skills whilst refining your creativity. There are many creative outlets and groups within the Department of Music which you can get involved in during your studies or to enhance your musical interests and perform at the university, within the city or elsewhere.

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

  • A Survey of Sonic Arts: History, Theory and Practice


  • Renaissance Counterpoint
  • Vocalstration
  • Current Issues in Music Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Aesthetics
  • Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration (Extended)
  • Creative Coding
  • Composing with Sound
  • Music Research Seminar Series
  • Introduction to Visual Culture and Theory
  • Art and Business
  • The Museum Idea
  • Northern Worlds

Semester 2

  • Sound Design for New Media


  • Words and Music
  • Contemporary European Opera
  • Sacred Music from Italy in the Eighteenth Century
  • Enhanced Practice in Music Teaching and Learning
  • On Documentary: History, Theory and Practice
  • Locations and Dislocations: the Role of Place in Literature
  • Curating and Exhibition
  • Developing A Theory of Practice: Learning and Museums
  • Northern Peoples and Cultures
  • Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration (Extended)
  • Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art, and Museums
  • Oral Traditions

Semester 3

  • Research Project in Sonic Arts

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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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

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