Sonic Arts - MUSCMH3473

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of the Arts and Media


Program: 3473 - Music (Honours) / Commerce


Bachelor of Music (Honours)

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Stream Outline

With a focus on creative applications of technology, the Sonic Arts Stream develops foundational technical, aesthetic, and theoretical skills in Sound.

The stream is structured around three core courses. In Creative Sound Technologies technical skills in audio recording, processing and post-production techniques are addressed through practical applications using the Digital Audio Workstation. Students work on simulations of real-world tasks, creating or manipulating the sonic assets for projects such as foley and soundtrack for moving image. In Audio Culture, students evaluate the aesthetics, history and culture of Sound as a broad discipline of inquiry. Synergies in Sound and Technology enables advanced creative applications of technology through project-based learning, with a focus on electronic/electro-acoustic composition. This is interleaved with a study of acoustics, digital signal manipulation, and more.

At all levels, students work with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and professional, industry-standard software.

Sonic Arts provides an understanding of sound and technology which is applicable to many modes of music-making practice. The Sonic Arts Stream embraces and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration. It prepares students for advanced applications in a range of media and genres such as sound installations, radio, film, sound art, and electronic composition. For performers and composers, Sonic Arts offers tools with which to express creative ideas. For educators, a broad knowledge of sound technology enables an array of applications and possibilities.

Sonic Arts students will have the opportunity to participate in Sound Lab Group, a dynamic music-technology ensemble. Sonic Arts connects closely with the Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound Production).

The Sonic Arts Stream is one of four streams within the Bachelor of Music (UNSW BMus) four-year, full time degree.

Stream Structure

The stream consists of 48 UOC made up of two components:

Coursework courses (12 UOC)


Research thesis (36 UOC)
Students complete a total of 36 UOC in thesis chosen from a combination of the following:


Creative Practice-based project and thesis (36 UOC)
Students complete 24 UOC in creative practice-based project and 12 UOC in thesis chosen from a combination of the following:

Sample Program

Pure Research - Full Time (1 year)
Semester 1
Semester 2

Pure Research - Part Time (2 years)
Year 1 Semester 1
Year 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 1
Year 2 Semester 2

Practice Based - Full Time (1 year)
Semester 1
Semester 2

Practice Based - Part Time (2 years)
Year 1 Semester 1
Year 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 1
Year 2 Semester 2
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