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,; (3) critically engage with key works from the early twentieth century to the present day
; (4) demonstrate understanding of the physical properties of sound; (5)
demonstrate an experimental and creative orientation in the production and presentation of original electronic music and sound artworks; (6) develop specialised sound design techniques applicable in key industries of film/tv, documentary, commercials and video gaming; (7) develop specialised computer programming techniques for the development of custom interactive software and hardware instruments; and (8) develop transferable skills in creative and critical thinking, research, project planning and presentation.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

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:

  • three Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • two Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC1054 Music Theory for Electronic Musicians
S2 MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S2 MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective
Incompatibility:
MUSC3010 Popular Music and Culture

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
or
CITS1001 Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering
Incompatibility:
MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
S1 MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S2 MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S2 MUSC2277 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
Prerequisites:
MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MUSC3571 Sound Art: Advanced Studio
Prerequisites:
Any two units selected from: MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes; MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations; MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space; MUSC2277 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
S1, S2 MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project
Prerequisites:
MUSC3571 Sound Art: Advanced Studio

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

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. and Bachelor of Science courses, 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 .