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Sound Art in Dialogue MUSIC5059

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

With Glasgow School of Art (School of Fine Art), students will engage in a series of seminars exploring sound art from Fine Art and Music perspectives, leading to a joint presentation or collaboration.


Initial 2 hour seminar, followed by fortnightly half hour joint guidance meetings

Requirements of Entry

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

Excluded Courses



Each student will work in dialogue with GSA fine art students to create an installation or 20 minute presentation exploring sound from different disciplinary perspectives (80%), with an accompanying reflective analysis of ca. 1000 words (20%).

Course Aims

The overall aim of this course is to explore sound art from fine art and musical perspectives, through dialogue and collaboration. In particular the course aims to:


■ Enhance students' understanding of a wide range of perspectives on sound as a culturally significant medium

■ Explore critical discourse across fine art and music fields

■ Enrich students' practice through engagement with a variety of media and contexts

■ Provide an opportunity to develop sustainable working relationships

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate artistic practice from a range of perspectives drawn from different fields

■ Undertake research and/or artistic practice that addresses questions drawn from different disciplinary perspectives

■ Work in dialogue with others to create and show an art-work or presentation that embraces these questions, with accompanying documentation as appropriate

■ Identify avenues for further development

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.