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Unit Overview


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.

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; Music major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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.
MUSC2277 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems.
MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week (seminars)
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.