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Sound-Image-Space Research Centre
The School of Music and Fine Art is home to the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre which promotes practice-led research underpinned by theory and scholarship within the broad domain of image, sound and the spatial arts. The focus is on new collaborative relationships that generate research outputs through multiple modalities; these include the production of new creative work, performance, publication, and exhibition and curation.
Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff within the School of Music and Fine Art.
You take common modules in research methods and postgraduate study skills, while giving you the opportunity to foster your subject skills in specialist modules. Work is developed through individual enquiry as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, designed to provide a forum for debate as well as practical instruction.
There will also be significant opportunity for collaborative and interdisciplinary work taking into account other subjects within the School of Music and Fine Art.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
MU897 - Specialist Project (60 credits)
MU800 - Advanced Audio Skills (30 credits)
MU806 - Critical and Historical Perspectives on Music (30 credits)
MU802 - Composition Techniques (30 credits)
FA803 - Collaborative Project (30 credits)
MU530 - Interdisciplinary Project (30 credits)
MU621 - Technology in Performance (30 credits)
MU898 - Dissertation (60 credits)
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is by a range of coursework, including individual projects, skills-based tasks, seminar presentations and written work.
The programme aims to:
enable students to develop an advanced understanding of music theory and practice taking into account developments in scholarship over the past few decades. In achieving this aim, students will focus upon theoretical and/or practice-based research methods and, in all cases, will engage a range of current research practices that address music critically.
provide opportunities for students to develop their work through individual enquiry and through sharing and critiquing ideas at group seminars, which will provide a forum for debate as well as instruction. Staff members who have interests and expertise in various areas of music will run these seminars and students will be encouraged to take up related opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work taking into account other subjects at Medway and Canterbury.
combine taught and research modules throughout, allowing for the integrated development of generic and subject-specific acumen. More specifically, a Dissertation module will run in parallel with modules in advanced musical skills (musicological or compositional/ technological), specialist project work and option modules. Thus the student will begin to develop their own research expertise while gaining an advanced understanding of wider scholarly insights and skills. To this end, students will be expected to attend research seminars held in the School of Music and Fine Art and will be encouraged to attend and present at postgraduate conferences and study days at the University of Kent and other institutions.
A knowledge and understanding of:
key texts, issues and methods in the study and practice of music
music in theory and practice with particular reference to research in a specialised area
critical approaches to the wider cultural context of music with particular regard for a specialised field.
critically evaluating and analysing musical texts, using specific terminology and employing a range of methodologies
dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively, developing appropriate and innovative solutions
developing systematic approaches to independent and reflexive learning so as to develop new skills to an advanced level.
interrogating and contextualising musical materials in forming coherent work that demonstrates self-direction and originality
working on a large-scale project over an extended period of time, drawing on existing skills and developing new ones
presenting and disseminating work to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriate terminology.
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