M.A. On Campus

Experimental Sound Practice

University College Cork

12 months
16080 EUR/year
6130 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This MA in Experimental Sound Practice offered by the University College Cork is for those undertaking creative work involving sound, including notated or recorded compositions; improvisations; sound art; visual art with a sound component; music theatre; performance art; installations.


The MA in Experimental Sound Practice offered by the University College Cork includes studies in technique; repertoire; artistic ideas; working with instruments and performers; audio/video technology and practical issues in bringing your creative work to performance.

The course welcomes students from a remarkably broad range of backgrounds, and creative work produced for it can be extremely diverse. You are encouraged to experiment with a huge range of possibilities. Staff have specialisms in concert music; dance music; experimental music and art; video art with sound; improvisation; sound Art; field recording.  A basic working knowledge of music technology is expected; a basic ability to read music and notation is desirable.


The MA in Experimental Sound Practice offers training in a number of highly contemporary and sought-after techniques across a broad range of disciplines. They encompass in-demand music and video technologies, cutting edge creative techniques across several disciplines, and an unparalleled breadth of experience across diverse modern artistic practices. The eclectic mix allows you to build an unusual and distinctive profile that sets you apart from others in your field(s). In contrast to many MAs that follow more traditional paths, the MA in ESP is about the future.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Expanded Instrument Systems 
  • Digital Music and Media Composition 
  • Composing in Real Time 
  • Sound Art 
  • Composing with Field Recordings 
  • Experimental Music
  • Sound Studies and Musicology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be permitted to proceed to the MA in Experimental Sound Practice, a candidate must hold an Honours Bachelor's degree, with a grade of Second Class Honours, Grade II or higher in any discipline, and demonstrate experience in the creation of music or other sonic art.
  • Applicants with an appropriate professional equivalent (e.g. professional musician or other artist of high standing, etc.) will also be considered. 
  • All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of sound-based creative work in whatever suitable form (musical scores, recordings, videos, computer programmes, documentation of Sound Art installations etc.) and may also be required to attend an interview with members of the programme team.

Technological requirements

No specific technology requirements are necessary.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16080 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16080 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6130 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6130 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Cork

860 - 1400 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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