Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitComposition
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof. Thomas Reiner


Previously coded MUM5650


The subject will introduce music students to various definitions of sound and investigate different conceptualisations of music and sound art. Students will investigate musical composition and sound art as a form of research and assess the extent to which leading contemporary composers and sound artists have contributed to the general pursuit of knowledge.


On successful completion of this unit, students should have acquired a sound understanding of contemporary approaches to music making, learned to examine and assess the aesthetic and conceptual basis of a range of contemporary musical styles and be able to assess critically the social and cultural significance and potential impact of their own work as musicians.


Written work: 70%
Oral presentation: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture) per week