University of Glasgow

Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice [MSc]

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University of Glasgow
In Glasgow

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Typology Postgraduate
Location Glasgow (Scotland)
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We are Scotland’s leading research centre in Music, with a mutually supportive community of scholars and practitioners. Glasgow offers a huge range of venues for creative sound work, including the Old Hairdressers, Tramway, Mono, SWG3, and City Halls, all of which have hosted our students’ work. You will benefit from studying in the city of Glasgow, the UK’s first UNESCO city of music, with its vibrant and exciting music scene. Festivals abound, such as Sonica, Counterflows, and Tectonics, as does grass-roots sonic activity such as the Lights Out Listening Group. The presence of ensembles such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RSNO, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, and experimental music ensembles such as the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra provides a rich context for your studies. The Glasgow Sound Network provdes a forum for sharing of sonic practice involving some of Glasgow’s leading creative media companies, artists and academics, offering excellent opportunities for building professional networks. Sound Design & Audiovisual Practice at Glasgow integrates sound design with visual media through a unit in Audiovisual Composition. The programme offers interdisciplinary perspectives and the chance to work with students from Glasgow School of Art through a unit called Sound Art in Dialogue. We work with the city’s cultural programme (Glasgow Life) to bring leading sonic artists to Glasgow, with associated workshops and collaborative opportunities for our students. Your work can be showcased in our annual postgraduate event Sound Thought, which takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts. Your work can also be showcased at the GLEAM (Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) Festival. You can experiment with building devices for making and controlling sound,...

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5.0 25/05/2019
About the course: I couldn't be happier. I am proud I have chosen this place to study. The course is good and the university is so much supportive
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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4.5 24/05/2019
About the course: Generally the course was good and they offered great financial support. I had a nice time in all and people were supportive, thanks for everything. I had a nice time in all.
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3.5 22/05/2019
About the course: Glasgow gives you numerous chances to consider what you want and concentrate abroad in various areas. Having been at another college in England previously, I can securely say that I lean toward Glasgow more.
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What you'll learn on the course

Sound Design

Course programme

The programme aims to:

  • provide artistic and technical experience in working with sound as a culturally significant medium
  • enable you to build your knowledge of tools and methods for manipulating sonic and audiovisual media
  • enable you to design, repurpose and reconfigure technologies for creative compositional ends
  • enhance your creative practice through taking an exploratory and critical approach to sonic design and composition

The MSc comprises 180 credits as follows:

Semester 1 compulsory courses (60 credits):

  • Sound Shaping and Design
  • Creating with Technology

Semester 2 compulsory courses (40 credits):

  • Field Recording, Sound and Place
  • Audiovisual Composition

Semester 2 option (one 20 credit course chosen from):

  • Sonic Art Performance
  • Sound Art in Dialogue
  • Sonic Art Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Music, Sound & Screen

Additionally you will produce an individual creative portfolio over the summer (60 credits).

Teaching methods include small group tutorials, seminars and workshops, lab and studio sessions, and individual guidance meetings.

Additional information

for entry in 2016

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Applicants should also have some experience of composition and music technology and will be expected to supply examples of any prior work.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University...

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