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Sound Arts - MA/PGDip

Course Description

MA Sound Arts is a creative, interdisciplinary course that enables you to investigate exploratory and innovative Sound Arts practices including experimental composition, sound installation, field recording, site-specific practice, sonic art and improvisation.

This programme is enhanced by a group of internationally active sound artists, composers and field recordists who curate and participate in the activities of the SARU (Sonic Art Research Unit) and the annual festival Audiograft. The weekly Listening Group complements the core provision and introduces you to the vibrant research culture around Sound Arts.

You will develop individual and collaborative practice-based work in a stimulating environment that encourages dialogue and growth as part of a reflective community. This is a good basis for the intensive, fascinating and challenging work that thrives in this supportive, innovative and creative context.

Why choose this course?

The School of Arts offers state-of-the-art technical facilities for Sound Arts and 24-hour studio access. This course is taught by leading Sound Arts practitioners creating ‘world-leading’ research as defined by the REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework). You will have access to expertise in sound art, field recording, electroacoustic composition, site-based practice, experimental composition and improvisation. Sound Arts is situated in an interdisicplinary context and you will work with students from Art & Design and Music.

The Sonic Art research Unit (SARU) and the annual ACE funded audiograft festival provide a stimulating environment for innovation and experimentation in your creative practice. Many of our Arts MA students progress to PhD study.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include:
-Lectures and seminars held by staff on specialised topics.
-Team teaching in group seminars involving generic issues in research methodologies for practice based research.
-Feedback from staff during group feedback sessions, where staff make comments and provide you with constructive criticism and analysis of your work.
-Staff led group discussions arising out of your practical work presentations.
-Individual tutorials that address your individual research concerns.
-Specialised introductions to creative strategies for generating and making practice based work.

Careers and professional development

Combining the academic rigour of a traditional programme with practical and vocational components, sonic arts and composition students at Oxford Brookes are well placed for a variety of careers in the creative sector. Many master's students who have developed their practice at postgraduate level will continue as practicing sound artists and new music composers, whilst others take up careers related to their knowledge, expertise or interests. This includes within teaching further or higher education; the media and new technologies, and cultural administration.

Visit the Sound Arts - MA/PGDip page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements are: a good honours degree, ie an upper second or first, in any subject; an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to a good British honours degree. Applicants without a first degree, but with extensive experience in the arts or other disciplines relevant to our programmes may also be considered. Please contact the Admissions Officer to discuss this.

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