Curriculum overview

The teaching load of the Master in Sound Art is 70 ECTS credits. It is structured in two specialization courses: Sonor Creation Postgraduate (30 ECTS) and Sound Design Postgraduate (30 ECTS), plus a Final Master's Project (10 ECTS). To defend the TFM it is mandatory to have previously passed the two postgraduate courses (60 ECTS).
 
The academic program of this Master and its own postgraduate courses is approved at the beginning of each course with the duration of two consecutive academic courses. The completion of the two postgraduate courses and the TFM must begin and end in a period of two consecutive academic years from the start date. The non-completion of the Master (70 ECTS) in the scheduled period implies the risk that the student can not finish the Master's studies in future editions, since a new program of this Master will always be subject to the approval of the competent academic authorities
 
  1. Postgraduate in Sound Creation: Materials and Tools (30 ECTS*): this postgraduate course focuses on understanding the ideas and techniques required to articulate an art production proposal in the field of sound art, along with the technology needed to undertake it. It uses reference texts that address new ways of looking at (and hearing) sound, helping students to articulate new ideas fully contextualised within the framework of international contemporary art. About subjects.
     
  2. Postgraduate in Sound Design: Projection and Space (30 ECTS*): this postgraduate course focuses on understanding the ideas, techniques and technologies needed to implement, within a certain space, a work of sound art, with reference texts that address sound perception and its role in the physical realm and social reality. About subjects.
  1. Final Master's Project (10 ECTS*): creation and development of an art production or theoretical research project (wherein the two concepts may be combined) in the field of sound art. The Final Master’s Project will be completed under the guidance of one of the Master’s professors and, if requiered, in direct communication with guest professors and with the technical assessment of members of the University of Barcelona’s Sound Art Laboratory. To help complete their projects, students would have access to the sculpture workshop in the Faculty of Fine Arts and the techical resources of studios at the Facultat de Belles Arts. The work must have the quality, originality and rigour needed to be publically exhibited, for instance, in one of the city’s relevant artistic and cultural centres, such as Arts Santa Mònica. In any case  it should satisfy usual formal academic requirements.

To receive a Master’s Degree in Sound Art, the student must successfully complete the two postgraduate courses and the final master’s project.

Both the Materials and Tools and Projection and Space postgraduate courses may be studied independently, entitling the student to the corresponding postgraduate degree. To begin the Final Master’s Project, the student must first pass the Materials and Tools and Projection and Space postgraduate courses.
 

The Postgraduate in Sound Art: Materials and Tools will be taught during the first semester (October to January), the Postgraduate in Sound Art: Projection and Space will be taught during the second semester (February to June) and the Final Master’s Project shall be completed during the first semester of the year following the one in which the two postgraduate courses are taken. 

*1 ECTS=1 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (the European Union’s unified system)=approximately 25 hours of student work, which, in the case of this master’s, are distributed as follows: lecture (32%), guided study and tutorials (20%), independent study (48%).