Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design major

Electronic Music and Sound Design is a creative-focused major. Students develop expertise in electronic music composition, sound design and production, programming, and software/hardware instrument design—skills applicable to a range of creative and technical professions. Studio and lab-based units permit students to think creatively, to invent and to innovate, exploring and developing ideas toward the formation of new electronic music and sound art works. The Electronic Music and Sound Design major culminates in a major project of the student's choosing, such as an album of electronic works, a sound installation, a film score or live performance.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an established compositional technique with respect to rhythm, harmony and form, identify relevant historical and stylistic conventions; (2) articulate broad historical perspectives on the nature and contexts of electronic music and sound art, and critically engage with key works from the early twentieth century to the present day; (3) demonstrate understanding of the physical properties of sound

; (4) demonstrate an experimental and creative orientation in the production and presentation of original electronic music and sound artworks; (5) develop specialised sound design techniques applicable in key industries of film/tv, documentary, commercials and video gaming
; (6) develop specialised computer programming techniques for the development of custom interactive software and hardware instruments; and (7) develop transferable skills in creative thinking, research, critical thinking, project planning and presentation.

Degree-specific major

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • two Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • one Level 2 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC1054 Music Theory for Electronic Musicians
S2 MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
S1 VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
N/A MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
N/A MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 VISA2050 Video Art: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A MUSC3571 Sound Art: Advanced Studio
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means AND one of the following: MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
OR
MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
OR
MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
N/A MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project
Prerequisites:
MUSC3371 Sound Art: Advanced Studio

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-MEMSD

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-MEMSD-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • two Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC1054 Music Theory for Electronic Musicians
S2 MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
N/A MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
N/A MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A MUSC3571 Sound Art: Advanced Studio
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means AND one of the following: MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
OR
MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
OR
MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
N/A MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project
Prerequisites:
MUSC3371 Sound Art: Advanced Studio

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-MEMSD

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design can also be taken as a degree-specific major.