Sonic Arts: Individual Creative Project MUSIC4083

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course enables students to develop their own individual creative practice through an advanced practical project involving sound and technological mediation. Building on earlier Sonic Arts courses, students will develop and realise their own individual brief. Students will be given guidance through seminars and tutorials.


3x2hr seminars; 6x1hr tutorials; 8x1hr practical workshops over ten weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.  This one of the Honours options in Music which may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

A grade of D3 or above in either Sonic Arts: Sound and Image (MUSIC4055) or Sonic Art: Sound for Narrative Film (MUSIC4087) or Sonic Art: Interactive Audio Media (MUSIC4085)

Excluded Courses

Sonic Arts: Creative Projects (MA/BMus Hons) MUSIC4052

Sonic Arts: Creative Projects (BEng) MUSIC4051


Student-led creative project, comprising:

Project - 100%

Comprising Individual creative project supported by accompanying, audio, video or software documentation as appropriate to the project - 80%

Critical commentary (1,000 words) - 20% 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ develop students' individual technologically mediated creative practice

■ develop independence in planning and managing creative projects

■ develop technical skills in working with sound and technology to an advanced level

■ deepen students critical, analytical and evaluative thinking

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ realise a large scale, independent, technologically-mediated creative project

■ solve technical problems through the development of new and existing skills

■ work at an advanced level with sound manipulation technologies

■ apply advanced listening and analytical skills in creating and manipulating sound for a personal aesthetic goal

■ apply in-depth critical reflection and contextual understanding to their own creative practice and aesthetic objectives

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.