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Sonic Arts, M.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Our graduate program has a host of resources to help you — internationally recognized studio faculty members whose works appear in such prestigious museums as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, distinguished scholars in art history, our specialized art library, and courses that range from Western to non-Western and contemporary to traditional.
We prepare teachers, painters, photographers, critics, archivists, museum curators, cartoonists and more. You will have easy access to both our on-campus studios and workspaces and New York's great museums and countless galleries. And just before you graduate, you'll show your work in our annual M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition that attracts attendees from all over the tri-state area.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Sonic Arts Composition I
  • Sonic Arts Composition II
  • History of Electronic and Computer Music
  • Computer Music I
  • Computer Music II
  • Sequencing/Sampling
  • Sound Design I
  • Sound Design II
For more information, please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: 
  •  Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. 
  •  Statement of purpose of approximately 500 words, typed, double-spaced, explaining your experience, artistic vision, career goals, and the technologies of your practice. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from former instructors, employers, or other people familiar with you and your work. 

Submit a creative portfolio of 2-3 completed works containing sound recordings, scores, documentation of works and performances, and artist's notes on each work.

Selected applicants will be interviewed, either during a campus visit (recommended) or via telephone or video conference.

Technological Requirements

Applicants must have experience and facility with electronic/digital music-making.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    19920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9960 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    10770 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5385 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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