Postgraduate MA

Sonic Arts

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

Develop your theoretical understanding, technical skills and creative practice in the emerging field of sonic arts through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops which aim to challenge preconceptions surrounding musical composition, performance and sound art.

You will explore varied approaches to sound practice through exposure to modern ideas and techniques in the areas of electroacoustic music, spatial sound, contemporary music thinking and sound interactivity. You will have the chance to investigate new software and hardware tools, inquire into the ideas and practical work of the most influential contemporary music thinkers, such as John Cage, Pierre Schaeffer and Brian Eno, and produce a variety of creative artefacts to begin building your own music and sound repertoire.

The course is delivered by a team of practitioners, whose work at the forefront of this field enjoy critical acclaim at an international level, and who will support you in preparing for a career in sound or further study.

You will be taught by subject experts such as composer Dr Nikos Stavropoulos, whose work is regularly awarded at international competitions and who has presented around the world, and Kingsley Ash, whose live performances and interactive installations feature at international events and major exhibition spaces around the country.

As well as working directly with your tutors, you will have the opportunity to interact with established artists through guest lectures and workshops and our artist in residence programme. Previous visiting artists have included BBC sound recordist Chris Watson, electronic music group UTAH Saints and Twin Peaks sound designer Kim Cascone.

You will also have access to a suite of high quality, professional music studios, approved by JAMES - the accrediting body of the Music Producers' Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Services.

Why study sonic arts at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Accredited by JAMES - we were the first university in England to become a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre
  2. Taught by industry professionals, such as composer Dr Nikos Stavropoulos, whose work is regularly awarded at international competitions and who has presented around the world
  3. Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses
  4. In the new Leeds School of Arts building you will have access to dedicated music studios; Foley studios; dubbing and music recording studios; acoustic labs and a host of post-production suites
  5. 90.2% of students from Leeds School of Arts courses in work or further study 15 months after graduating*

* Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

MA Sonic Arts Develop your theoretical understanding, technical skills and creative practice in the emerging field of sonic arts through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops which aim to challenge preconceptions surrounding musical composition, performance and sound art.

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