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BA (Hons) Sound Arts

Course Duration

3 years; full-time


Course: SAFT
Institution: P65

Launch Date

Launching Sept 2023

BA (Hons) Sound Arts is an exciting practical studio course where you’ll explore sound in all its forms as creative artistic expression.

You’ll be immersed in the cultural evolution of sound and its use as a creative medium while developing an understanding of the objects, software and live aspects of making and performing.

Situated within an arts and media practice with natural affinities to fine art and film, this course places a strong emphasis on experimentation, where you can immerse yourself in all aspects of sound; including listening, field recording, editing, playing, exhibiting, composing and performing.

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Independently and in collaboration with peers, you will study a wide range of topics, from sound synthesis and acoustics to sound composition and creating experimental instruments. You’ll also analyse music, musical interfaces and audio manipulation. This course is mainly practice-based, and you’ll also explore the theory and history of sound, and alternative forms of music and scoring, through a reflective learning process that includes critical writing.

77% of Arts University Plymouth students felt that “the Institution provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment.”
- National Student Survey 2022

To support a wide range of possible approaches to sound art, the course offers a number of specialist areas of study, where you’ll be supported in focusing your development and experience, including site-specific and environmental sound, multimedia and applied sound, sound design for media, and live performance. To give you hands-on learning, the course will make extensive use of our Multimedia Lab, Digital Fabrication Lab, and the Materials Lab for testing the possibilities and limits of noise, sound, and experimental music.

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Engagement with industry is fundamental to all our undergraduate programmes, with students regularly creating original works as part of London's Tate Exchange, engaging with filmmakers on professional film commissions, designing sound scores and projection mapping for Illuminate Light Festival and taking part in residencies at the iconic Venice Biennale.

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

For more information please consult our How to Apply page and the UCAS Tariff Table.