Programme structure and content

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The full time programme runs through two semesters and the summer “vacation” period.
Work on the supervised dissertation project occupies the whole of the summer “vacation” period. Each semester typically includes 11 weeks of teaching, plus an ‘examination’ period.
Official session dates are given at www.ed.ac.uk/news/semester-dates. You can subscribe to this calendar in your preferred calendar reader.

Note that in this programme we are not committed to avoiding all teaching during those weeks that are nominated as ‘examination’ weeks, since we have no examinations and do not currently share students with programmes in other Schools. Also, the periods marked for ‘consolidation’ will in our case be dedicated to work on the Final Project.

In accordance with the University’s Curriculum Framework, the programme is of 12 months duration. It consists of 180 SQCF credit points, of which 120 constitutes the taught portion of the programme with the remaining 60 devoted to the dissertation component of the degree.

www.drps.ed.ac.uk/17-18/dpt/ptmscsndes1f.htm

The Sound Design MSc

The sound design degree is designed with the following course structure:

Semester 1: Introduction and Orientation (60 credits in total)

  • Sound Design Media (studio craft+)
  • Sonic Structures (sound design and systems/coding)
  • Media and Culture (academic reflections on digital media and the role design plays in wider discourse) or Music on Screen (exploring and analysing the ways film music and sound interact).

Semester 2: Practice, Reflection and Action (60 credits in total)

  • Interactive sound environments (non-linear audio structures such as game sound)
  • NOTE, Sound and Fixed Media won’t run in the year 2017-18. Instead there are a number of other options available to be discussed with the Programme Director.
  • Digital Media Studio Project (sonic art and installation work in collaboration with other disciplines)

Summer period (Vacation): Integration (60 credits)

MUSI11061 – Music Masters Final Project (MMFP) (your own practice-led period of research that helps you launch your career and go deeply into a specific area of your craft).

We know that this covers all of the important areas contemporary sound designers need to be aware of; coding (Sonic Structures), studio craft+ (Sound Design Media), collaboration (Digital Media Studio Project), academic writing and processes (Media and Culture) non-linear audio (Interactive Sound Environments), film, TV and other linear media (Music on Screen).

However, we’re also aware of the need to be able to customise and shape your learning in ways suitable for your own aims and objectives and so we have structured the programme with optional courses that can be swapped out. If you want to go off the recommended list above, look below for some of the alternative routes through the degree.

Courses

Semester 1: Introduction and Orientation (60 credits in total)

Compulsory Courses:

ARCH11008 – Sound Design Media (SDM)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/ARCH11008_SV1_SEM1

Course Options:

Select exactly 20 credits from the following list of courses:

ARCH11009 – Sonic Structures (SS)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/ARCH11009_SV1_SEM1

MUSI11047 – Acoustics (A)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/MUSI11047_SV1_SEM1

OR

Select exactly 20 credits from Level 11 courses in Schedules A to Q, T and W

AND

Select exactly 20 credits from the following list of courses:

ARCH11002 – Media and Culture (MC)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/ARCH11002_SV1_SEM1

or

MUSI11053 – Introduction to Community Arts Practice: Modes, Methods and Meanings

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/MUSI11053_SV1_SEM1

or

MUSI11045 – Music on Screen

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/MUSI11045_SS1_SEM1

OR

Select exactly 20 credits from Level 11 courses in Schedules A to Q, T and W

Semester 2: Practice, Reflection and Action (60 credits in total)

Compulsory Courses:

ARCH11006 – Digital Media Studio Project (DMSP)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/ARCH11006_SV1_SEM2

Option Courses:

Select exactly 20 credits from the following list of courses:

ARCH11010 – Interactive Sound Environments (ISE)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/ARCH11010_SV1_SEM2

OR

MUSI11019 – Non Real Time Systems (NRTS)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/MUSI11019_SV1_SEM2

AND

Select exactly 20 credits from Level 11 courses in Schedules A to Q, T and W

Summer period (Vacation): Integration (60 credits)

Compulsory Courses:

MUSI11061 – Music Masters Final Project (MMFP)

path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/MUSI11061_SS1_SB5%2B

In each semester, the three courses run concurrently through the whole semester. Each course carries 20 credit points, and the Final Project carries 60.

The programme may be taken part-time, in which case four courses (SDM, SS, ISE and Non-RealTimeSystems) are taken in the first year, and the two other courses (M&C and DMSP), as well as the Final Project, in the second. Other options are available for certain courses, as noted in the Degree Programme Table (see Appendix II of this handbook).

The official Degree Programme Timetable for the MSc Sound Design Full Time can be found via the following links:

www.drps.ed.ac.uk/17-18/dpt/ptmscsndes1f.htm

path.is.ed.ac.uk/degrees/PTMSCSNDES1F

The official Degree Programme Timetable for the MSc Sound Design Part Time can be found via the following links:

www.drps.ed.ac.uk/17-18/dpt/ptmscsndes1p.htm

path.is.ed.ac.uk/degrees/PTMSCSNDES1P