BA (Hons) Sound Arts — Overview Launching Sept 2021
*Subject to validation
We are excited to launch this new course for 2021 as we enhance our well-established undergraduate curriculum. Degrees listed as subject to validation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, designed to ensure they accurately reflect course content and employment opportunities for students. Through close consultation with industry professionals, academics, students and alumni we can ensure that your learning prepares you for a dynamic and ever-changing future job market.
BA (Hons) Sound Arts is a dynamic studio course where you’ll explore sound in all its forms as a creative artistic expression within a critical and historical context. You’ll be immersed in the cultural evolution of sound and its use as a creative medium while developing an understanding of the objects, software and live aspects of making and performing.
Situated within an arts and media practice with natural affinities to fine art and film, this course places a strong emphasis on experimentation, where you can immerse yourself in all aspects of sound; including listening, field recording, editing, playing, exhibiting, composing and performing.
Independently and in collaboration with peers, you will study a wide range of topics, from sound synthesis and acoustics to music composition and creating instruments. You’ll also analyse music, musical interfaces and audio manipulation. This course is mainly practice-based, however, you’ll also learn the theory and history of sound and alternative forms of music and scoring through a reflective learning process that includes critical writing.
To support a wide range of possible approaches to sound art, the course offers a number of specialist areas of study, where you’ll be supported in focusing your development and experience, including site-specific and environmental sound, multimedia and applied sound and live performance. To give you hands-on learning, the course will make extensive use of our Multimedia Lab, Digital Fabrication Lab, and the Materials Lab for testing the possibilities and limits of noise, sound, and experimental music.
Engagement with industry is fundamental to all our undergraduate programmes, with students regularly creating original works as part of London's Tate Exchange, engaging with filmmakers on projects led by the BFI, designing sound scores for Illuminate Light Festival and taking part in residencies at the iconic Venice Biennale.
You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of sound as a medium of expression and develop the skills necessary to work professionally in the film, arts, design, and other creative sectors.
Graduates can become:
- Sound Artists
- Media Artists
- Sound Designers
- Sound Producers
- Fine Artists
- Video Artists
- Music Critics
- Gallery and Museum Professionals
Thinking & making
Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.
We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.
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