Sonic Arts Portfolio MUSIC5057

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The portfolio is an independent student-led project developed under the guidance of a supervisor. The portfolio normally comprises several sonic art works or artefacts in relevant audiovisual media, software or hardware, accompanied by a critical and reflective commentary.


1 briefing session, followed by meetings with supervisor as necessary, together with self-directed study.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements: Standard entry to Masters at College level and entry to the MMus Sonic Arts

Excluded Courses



Under the guidance of a supervisor, students will create a portfolio of sonic art works of ca. 20 minutes duration or work of equivalent depth or complexity (80%), with accompanying critical commentary of ca. 2000 words (20%).

Course Aims

The overall aim of the portfolio is to provide students with an opportunity to develop their own individual practice to an advanced level. In particular the portfolio aims to:


■ allow students to develop their individual creative identity

■ enhance students' independence in honing creative and critical perspectives

■ enable students to explore in greater depth issues and practices covered elsewhere in the programme

■ create a body of work that can prepare students for building their careers beyond the end of the programme

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ work independently to plan and create a substantial portfolio of creative practical work focusing on sound as a significant cultural medium

■ deploy appropriate technical, design, experimental and evaluative processes in realising sonic art works

■ demonstrate technical competence and aesthetic judgment in working with sound and technology

■ apply critical evaluation, reflection and analysis to their own creative practice, relating it to appropriate contexts and concepts

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.