University of Sheffield

Department of Music

MA Sonic Arts


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Sonic Arts

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This highly distinctive program provides students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the sonic arts. It provides a rigorous introduction to current trends within various sonic arts practices and trains students in the use of contemporary sonic art terms, tools and techniques. In doing so, the MA in Sonic Arts encourages students to develop and refine their own artistic voice/personal aesthetic and thus establish themselves within the exciting world of the sonic arts.

The MA in Sonic Arts can be studied full-time or part-time and covers three areas:

1.the acquisition of technical skill in the production of sonic art

2.the creation of sonic art works in a variety of media formats

3.the contextualisation of personal work within a broad spectrum of artistic practice.


The course focuses on the relationship between technology and creative practice, training musical students to use software tools and enabling students with a solid music technology background to investigate creative opportunities. Initial intensive training in the knowledge and methods of the field at the start of the course is followed by opportunities for increasingly independent research and exploration.

At The University of Sheffield we take a broad and inclusive view of the sonic arts; we embrace anything from sound installations to free-improvised performances, computer programming through to fine art practice, art in which sound is the medium through to that in which sound plays a supporting role.

Our purpose-built Soundhouse houses dedicated music studios, tech labs and practice rooms and our suite of studios feature high specification acoustic treatment and are fitted out with state of the art technology for sonic arts.

Our vibrant postgraduate community, which includes many international students, works collaboratively to develop a diverse and well-rounded knowledge and skill set. The department plays an important role in Sheffield's thriving cultural life, promoting over 60 concerts a year as well as productions of operas and revived musicals. There are many opportunities for you to get involved in music-making both in the department or in and around Sheffield.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6 in each part), or TOEFL 575 with TWE 4.5 (paper based) or TOEFL 232 with TWE 4.5 (computer based), or TOEFL 90-91 (iBT) or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 13990 GBP

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