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What will I learn?

Sound is an area of growing social, cultural and environmental importance - yet it is often overlooked and underappreciated in our overwhelmingly visual, screen-based society.

It has great emotional power for communication through storytelling, music, and more subtle and evocative forms.

This master's programme focuses upon the whole spectrum of sound as a social phenomenon in theory and practice - from listening, generating and recording to its potential for transforming our experiences, environments, lives and cultures.

Five reasons to study this course

  • SCA is recognised as a centre of excellence for art and design-based learning and research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) categorised 95.8% of our research as being of world renown or recognised as internationally excellent.
  • The master's Contemporary Dialogues portfolio offers a unique interdisciplinary learning environment with access to workshops and staff across the faculty.
  • Masters and research students are supported by a highly committed and professional team of lecturers and technical demonstrators, who together, create a diverse, supportive learning environment.
  • We offer full and part-time options and to help support our master's students we deliver the majority of core teaching on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Whatuni ranked UWTSD 6th in the UK for postgraduate study in the Student Choice Awards 2018 and the university has also been ranked 5th in the UK for postgraduate taught satisfaction in Creative Arts & Design, PTES 2018.


Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written practical and presented.

There is a 4,000-word theoretical essay with poster presentation in Semester 1, and a 5,000-word report in Semester 3, which accompanies the practical work.

There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module. Summative assessment takes place at the end of a module, which includes presentation of the work to the assessment team.

Career Opportunities

Graduates become active members of our creative culture, developing careers in a variety of professional roles, such as:

  • Cultural entrepreneur
  • Curator
  • Educator, such as university lecturer
  • Funded research degree student
  • Practising artist/designer

Which department am I in?

Swansea College of Art

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£15,000.00 (US$ 16,254) per year
The above mentioned fee is for 21/22 entry; There may be slight increase in 22/23 entry.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 October 2022


Swansea Campus

Technium 1,

Kings Road,


SA1 8PH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold a Bachelor Degree or First Professional Degree will also be considered. A full certified transcript must accompany applications.

For international students

We normally require an undergraduate 2.1. However, we also consider candidates with relevant experience and aim to interview all applicants. Where possible, we invite prospective students to experience a day of teaching to see if it suits their expectations. An overall English Language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no lower than 5.5 in reading writing, listening and speaking. TOEFL: An overall minimum score of 72 is required with the following minimum scores in each of the following communicative skills: Reading - minimum score of 18 Listening – minimum score of 17 Writing – minimum score of 17 Speaking – minimum score of 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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