MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides for the development and presentation of an advanced sound-based creative research project with an accompanying written exegesis that explores a specific creative thesis. Students produce a large scale single artwork, or a portfolio of several smaller artworks that form a cohesive body. Such works might be, but are not limited to: a large scale piece of electronic music; an album of smaller electronic pieces; a sound installation; a live performance; an electronic film score, etc. The artwork is accompanied by a well researched exegesis that demonstrates an innovative conceptual framework of ideas within sonic art forms. The final creative research project should be suitable for and shared publicly via exhibition and/or live performance/presentation.
Students are able to (1) work independently to organise, plan and produce a large scale creative research project from concept through to presentation; (2) demonstrate an advanced level of practical skills in appropriate media technologies; (3) anticipate, understand and solve under pressure, problems of a technical nature during all phases of the project; (4) develop and implement strategies and sound research practices to achieve creative goals; and (5) effectively present the finished artwork/project in an effective manner.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) creative research project and (2) critical exegesis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the creative research project component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 45 overall provided they have also obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component of the unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr. Christopher Tonkin
Unit rules
MUSC3571 Sound Art: Advanced Studio
Advisable prior study:
Two of the following: MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations; MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems; MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week (seminars)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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