Taught course

MA Sound Arts

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Media

Entry requirements

Applicants will have a good honours degree in a relevant subject such as sound arts, fine art, film and video or other related field, or a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an honours degree. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Applicants admitted through the APEL system will be able to demonstrate relevant experience and an aptitude for sound arts. We also welcome applications from prospective students with a background in fine art or other related fields, and those who wish to move their practice or research in other areas towards sound art and sonic practices. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. Key subjects: Composition Sound recording and mixing Phonography Field recording and acoustic ecology Interactive work Sound installations Live performance Radiophonic practices Sound for film A variety of cross platform work Language requirements (International/EU) All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. If your first language is not English, you can check if you have achieved the correct IELTS level on the Language Requirements page. For further information about portfolio preparation, visas and application advice please view the Study at UAL International pages. Portfolio and interview advice Your portfolio can comprise of any work; visual, sonic or textual, as well as sketchbooks that demonstrates your mode of working, and interest in working with sound and/or a sonic sensibility. All applicants will be expected to submit a digital portfolio. This should include a maximum of six projects and supporting material as described above. These should be clearly annotated and organised. We aim to interview all applicants, either in person or in the case of overseas residents by phone or via Skype. The interview takes between 30 and 45 minutes. It offers us the chance to meet applicants and evaluate their suitability for the course, at the same time it offers applicants the chance to meet a member of the teaching team and to ask further questions about the course. We expect applicants to bring their portfolio to the interview. If you are invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your personal statement, from which the Course Leader’s questions may arise. Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Intensive and specialised, this programme is designed to further the development of students’ conceptual and contextual understanding of Sound Arts practice and its discourse. Students are encouraged to adopt a personal and distinctive approach to their work and research.

The course includes a strong taught component combined with ample opportunities for practical work. You will be able to extend your portfolio within an academic context, engage in theoretical and practical research, develop your creative and critical skills, explore personal areas of interest in sound arts and engage in practice-based research. The aim of the course is to facilitate individual practice and guide you towards a professional career as a sound artist or into research.

The course culminates in a curated show and a public symposium where you will get the opportunity to present your work and research to an audience. One advantage of studying at LCC is that there are opportunities for collaboration with students from other disciplines, such as film students, both inside and outside the college.

All staff delivering the course are active practitioners and researchers who bring their specialist insights to their teaching. Specialist areas of interest within the department include the following:

  • Composition
  • Sound recording and mixing
  • Phonography
  • Field recording and acoustic ecology
  • Interactive work
  • Sound installations
  • Live performance
  • Radiophonic practices
  • Sound for film
  • A variety of cross platform work

There is also an extensive programme of visiting speakers and performers and both undergraduate and postgraduate students are extremely active in promoting their work both inside and outside the college. The sound arts department is constantly developing new links with other institutions and other disciplines and is committed to extending the boundaries of this developing discipline.

The course is designed for students who have a substantial background in producing sound-based work within the context of contemporary arts and media practice. You may have studied some aspect of sound arts - such as sound design, music technology and sonic art - at undergraduate level. You may come from other disciplines, such as fine art, digital arts, or time-based or performance art. Or you may have no formal qualifications but have significant experience of producing creative work with sound and wish to develop this work in an academic context. The main characteristic of a successful applicant is that they will already have achieved a distinctive and enquiring approach to and understanding of the aspects of sound arts that they wish to develop further in a creative and experimental academic environment.

Find out more information about Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRISAP)

This course is taught within the School of Media

Information for international students

Please contact international@lcc.arts.ac.uk or Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 8138

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

Information Assistant
+44 (0)20 7514 6599