MA Sound and Image

University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art

Program Description

MA Sound and Image

University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art

Our new MA Sound and Image programme is our interdisciplinary collaboration between Fine Art and Music. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills in advanced practicebased research, and foster individual creative ideas.

Course structure

This programme develops your creative, critical and independent practice within interdisciplinary sound and image work. The programme encompasses artist’s film, audio-visual works, installations, interactive and multimedia works.

It is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in advanced practice-based research; you explore the creation and analysis of audio-visual works, taking into account major artistic developments over the past few decades. Seminars and workshops cover the history and repertoire of recent developments in audio-visual work as well as evaluating the significance of collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. Technical and craft-based workshops supplement the theoretical materials covered, in order to support you in the development of specialist practical skills.

The Departments of Fine Art and Music have cutting-edge facilities which include audio-visual edit suites, a spatial audio studio, Foley studio, rehearsal spaces, a flagship recording studio, large-scale digital printing and the newly renovated Boiler House Workshop. In addition, the Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST), a collection of high-quality loudspeakers, controllers and interfaces for the diffusion of sound, is one of the best in the UK.

Learning outcomes

This programme aims to:

  • focus on the creation and analysis of audio-visual works, taking into account major tistic developments over the past few decades
  • provide knowledge and skills in advanced practice-based research, fostering individual creative ideas, as well as giving you experience of engaging with current research practices in various areas of critical and analytical thinking surrounding sound and image
  • develop work through individual enquiry as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, which are designed to provide a forum for debate as well as practical instruction
  • draw on staff interests and expertise in various areas of audio-visual work
  • provide opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work, taking into account other subjects at Medway and Canterbury
  • develop your generic and subject-specific knowledge and skills
  • support you in your understanding of the subject with a key module titled ‘Sound, Image, Space’, a dissertation module that leads to the development of your independent, academic research skills and the final module, which allows you to explore your individual creative ideas with a large-scale, practice-based project. Thus you will develop your own forms of audio-visual work within the wider contemporary context, addressing recent histories, key concepts and aesthetics
  • present your creative outputs in the public domain, either within the University environment, in digital formats online, in the local community or stretching further to include national and international performances at conferences and festivals. To this end it, the work produced on this programme will enhance the University’s impact and engagement with the wider public.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • key repertoires and current issues, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of contemporary research and practice
  • a comprehensive set of audio-visual techniques relating to your own advanced practice
  • the wider cultural context for contemporary audio-visual work, particularly in your chosen field.

Intellectual skills

You will develop intellectual skills in:

  • critically evaluating and analysing relevant texts, using specific terminology and employing a range of methodologies
  • dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively, developing appropriate and innovative solutions
  • continuing to advance your knowledge and understanding and developing new skills to a high level.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • producing, developing and exploring audio-visual materials to form complete works, demonstrating self-direction and originality in your own practice
  • working on a large-scale audio-visual project over an extended period of time, drawing on existing skills and developing new ones
  • presenting and disseminating work to specialist and non-specialists audiences using appropriate terminology.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility
  • the ability to develop clear concepts and ideas when presented with complex situations and conflicting information
  • the capacity to communicate and express arguments with conviction, referring to key issues and relevant questions.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. A portfolio of creative work is required for admission.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Location: Medway

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Annual tuition fees:
Full time:

  • EU/UK: 5100 GBP
  • International: 12450 GBP

Part time:

  • EU/UK: 2550 GBP
  • International: 6240 GBP

Last updated August 31, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug., 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
5,100 GBP
Start date Aug., 2016
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 5,100 GBP
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