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MASonic Arts

Tuition fee £16,000 per year
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Study with experts at the cutting-edge of technical, creative and theoretical knowledge in this rapidly evolving area of study. The course focuses upon the relationship between technology and creative practice, training musical students to use software tools and enabling students with a solid music technology background to investigate creative opportunities.

Initial intensive training in the knowledge and methods of the field at the start of the course is followed by opportunities for increasingly independent research and exploration.

At the University of Sheffield we take a broad and inclusive view of the sonic arts; we embrace anything from sound installations to free-improvised performances, computer programming through to fine art practice, art in which sound is the medium through to that in which sound plays a supporting role.

Our influences are equally diverse; we embrace anything from the Intonarumori of futurist Luigi Russolo through to the cut-up techniques of William Burroughs, the concrete experiments of Pierre Schaeffer through to the abstract processes of Steve Reich, the high-modernist work of Stockhausen through to the ‘eyebrow’ moments of Zappa, from the sculptural works of Zimoun through to the ephemeral improvisations of John Zorn. There is no one comprehensive definition of sonic art – this exciting field is still in the process of defining itself, pushing into new territories and discovering new ways of being.

Course tutors – Dr Adrian Moore and Dr Adam Stansbie – are both highly experienced and internationally recognised composers whose work is widely performed, published and prized.

Programme structure


Teaching is informed by new technologies and methods of working. It takes place through:
Laboratory-based demonstrations
Individual tutorials


Assessment takes a variety of forms such as problem based assignments and the completion of a creative portfolio.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States