University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Sonic Arts

This course aims to prepare students for careers in creative industries and artistic, commercial and academic research where creative approaches to sound are in demand. The programme offers not only a comprehensive overview of sonic arts from historical and theoretical viewpoints, but also hands-on, practical and skills-based core courses that can help students design and realise original sound projects throughout the programme and build a strong portfolio as a sound artist.

Entry requirements

Candidates must normally possess a good 2nd Class Honours degree (or its equivalent) in a subject of relevance to sonic arts (such as music, computer science, fine arts, media studies, theatre studies, performance, film) or at a level deemed equivalent. In addition to these university requirements, each application must be accompanied by the following: Contact details for 2 referees (not required for students and alumni of the University of Aberdeen); a short statement (1000 words) reflecting the applicant's interest in sonic arts, their technical background, and a proposal for the final project; 2 pieces of creative work, such as compositions, creative writing, video clips of performance, visual work (2D or 3D, moving or non-moving), sound art and installation work, computer applications, or sound design portfolio for films, videos or games. The materials listed above should be submitted to the programme coordinator, separately from the university application. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement).

Course modules

The Core Modules: composing with sound; sound design for film and new media;
final research project in sonic arts.

Assessment methods

Both formative and summative assessments are made in all core courses of the programme. The formative assessments may include in-class presentations, journals, analyses, essays, and small in-class and take-home assignments whereas the summative assessments may include mid-term and final projects.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MMus Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MMus Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Get in touch

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Key information

Dr Suk-Jun Kim, Programme Co-ordinator
Telephone number: 
01224 274618