Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Sonic Arts: Performance Project MUSIC4086

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course enables students to develop their own expressive language in sonic media through the creation of advanced practical work. It focuses on performing with technology, and considers how liveness transforms our relationship with devices and software. Students present a live performance at the end of the course.


3 x 2hr seminars; 6 x1hr tutorials; 8 x1hr 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 Arts: Interactive Audiovisual Media (MUSIC4085), or Sonic Arts: Sound for Narrative Film (MUSIC4087)

Excluded Courses

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

Sonic Arts: Creative Projects (BEng) MUSIC4051


Student-led creative portfolio comprising:

Live performance project of 5 minutes duration, presented as part of a collaborative concert and supported by audio, video or software documentation - (80%)

Critical commentary (1000 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' understanding of liveness in relation to technology

■ develop independence and collaborative skills in planning and managing creative projects

■ develop technical skills in sound to an advanced level

■ deepen students critical and analytical thinking about live performance

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ realise sonic art-work with a live element in a collaborative context

■ solve technical problems through the learning of new skills

■ work at an advanced level with sound manipulation technologies in live performance

■ apply advanced listening and aural analysis skills in manipulating sound

■ 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.