University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Music and Sonic Media

This course develops your creative abilities in composition and sound through practical and theoretical work; it reflects current developments both within and beyond concerts, and in film and media music. Theory and practice in the fields of popular music production and performance are also explored, focusing on historical contexts, artistic expression and the development of advanced technical skills. The course is for composers, musicians, sound artists, sound and music practitioners from related fields, including theatre, and theorists with interests in music and sound. You: have access to facilities including the Music Department's recordings and scores collections, the Jonathan Harvey Electronic Music Studio for recording and synthesis, and a wide range of current music software; compose, make sound art, devise music theatre, use music technologies, and create film music; evaluate music and sonic art in relation to developments in technology and interdisciplinary understanding. Modules explore music and sound as practised now in both live and mediated forms. They are taught by faculty with international recognition in the practices and theories of composition, interdisciplinary sound creation, opera and music theatre, film music, site-specific and networked sonic events, performance, studio recording and production, sonic art and computer music. Creative work is stimulated through workshops from visiting professional musicians, as well as by public showcase events organised by students with the support of the Music Department.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree in music, theatre, sonic arts or audio-visual media. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Autumn term: composing for media and composition. Spring term: 2 options from: music and the media of performance (practice or theory); music production in context; sound environments (practice or theory). There are also other options available from the School of Media and Film. Summer term: you work on either a dissertation or a creative project, chosen according to your specialist area of interest in consultation with your academic supervisor.

Assessment methods

For each module, you can choose between submitting a creative project or an essay. You also submit a supervised extended project or dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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