Master's Programme in New Media - Sound in New Media
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The general learning objectives of Sound in New Media are the following core competences, which the students will develop during their studies:
- project management skills,
- design skills,
- transdisciplinary and teamwork skills,
- musical competence and
- creative use of software
Teaching is fully in English, and students can write their Master's thesis in Finnish, Swedish or English.
During your studies, you can specialise according to your personal skills and motivation. Your future careers can relate to the various fields of sound and music design both in private industries and public sector (academia, museums etc.), including game audio and music, sonic interaction design, sound design for animation and sound in media art. Aalto University supports entrepreneurship in various ways, and many graduates work as entrepreneurs. Across the wide range of positions, Sound in New Media graduates are independent professionals who have the capacity to lead and manage the development of their field internationally.
Post-graduate study options
The programme gives a good foundation to continue to doctoral studies.
Content of the studies
The education is project-oriented, joining practice with theory. It combines art, design and media driven aspects of sound, covering a wide range of disciplines from concept design to live performance and from storytelling to programming.
The studies at Media Lab emphasise interdisciplinary and collaborative work, while individual skills are studied in workshops and through tutored studio work according to a personal study plan. You will also learn the theory related to sound design and music culture.
Academic communication and writing are a part of the studies, and more research courses can be chosen if you are planning to become a researcher. Students are encouraged to network internationally and have an option to spend a part of their studies abroad.
The curriculum contains some essential software and programming courses, but in general we expect students to be either proficient in using the tools of the trade, or willing to set aside time for self-study. For this, we provide a library of tutorials, as well as one-on-one coaching.
For further information on studies, see Study Guide 2018-2020.
The Major Subject provides a sufficient basis for an international career. A significant number of the applicants, students, teachers and researchers are from abroad, and all the courses are taught in English.
We work in close collaboration with the best units and faculties in various universities in the Helsinki region, for example Centre for Music and Technology in the Sibelius Academy, as well as the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Acoustics and Signal Processing in Aalto University. The curriculum is designed in co-operation with other academic institutions and the industry, which supports the students' career planning.
Admission procedure and programme-specific requirements
The programme is targeted for students who have completed their BA, BSc or similar degree in sound design or music, or have gained basic sound design skills through other kind of activities. The selection process is aiming at a diverse and well-balanced group of students with different backgrounds, i.e. the chances to get selected depend also on other applicants' profiles.
The criteria includes
- strong professional interest towards sound design and/or music in the context of new media
- insight into new media design and/or new media production and/or related research
- some proven musical competence and talent
- fluent oral and written English language skills
Deciding factors are demonstrated talent and suitability within the field of study. The selection is based on application documents, the applicant's personal aims and motivation as a student, an interview and possible entrance test assignments, prepared in advance, as well as work presented during the interview.
Portfolios are neither required nor accepted at the first stage of application process. (In the second stage we want to see some of your work samples.)
CV (curriculum vitae)
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.
Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before sending the application.
Applicants must write up a motivation letter of a maximum of 4000 characters in length, explaining why they wish to apply to the degree programme in question, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The plan should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions and artistic objectives.
Language of the application documents
All the application documents should be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.
Other programme-specific application instructions
At the second stage of the application process there will be some homework, and during the interview the jury needs to see some of your other work samples. In the homework package there will be detailed guidelines how to proceed. If you are getting to the 2nd phase of the admission process, you will get the homework package and the invitation to the interview via email.