University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Sound Design and Audiovisual Practice (Taught)

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Course summary

The Masters provides advanced training in creative practice with sound and audiovisual technologies. The programme offers topics relevant to practicing musicians, artists, and the creative industries, such as sound shaping and design, audiovisual composition, field recording, creative and experimental approaches to technology, live performance, interdisciplinary perspectives on sound, and sonic aesthetics. You then develop an individual portfolio of sonic and audiovisual artwork based on your particular skills and interests. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • We are Scotland’s leading research centre in Music, with a mutually supportive community of scholars and practitioners.
  • 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, and 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. 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.
  • We work with the city’s cultural programme (Glasgow Life), and in collaboration with local arts houses and organisations such as Cryptic, 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 (CCA).
  • Your work can also be showcased at the Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media (GLEAM) Festival.
  • You can experiment with building devices for making and controlling sound, enhanced by the presence of prototyping facilities in Glasgow such as Maklab, through our Creating with Technology unit.
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including an audio lab, three studios, the University’s Concert Hall with Genelec and D&B sound diffusion system, seminar and practice rooms.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE 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 SONIC ART AESTHETICS & CRITICISM Other level 5 course from those available within the College of Arts. 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.

Course details


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'. Classes start September 2022 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (e.g GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Applicants should also have some experience of working creatively with sound, digital media or music technology, and must submit a portfolio for entry including examples of their prior work in this area. This can be done through common streaming services such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube, or through a file sharing or transfer service. Normally applicants should provide two or three examples of their work in audio or video format as appropriate. Applicants should include links to their work in a document uploaded with their online application.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Sound Design and Audiovisual Practice at University of Glasgow - UCAS