New Media - Sound in New Media, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #137 (QS) ,
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 New Media - Sound in New Media course is offered by Aalto University.


Learning Outcomes

The general learning objectives of New Media - 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

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. The New Media - Sound in New Media course is offered by Aalto University.

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.

Career opportunities

During their studies, students can specialise according to their personal skills and motivation. Their 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.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Understanding Media, Art and Design
  • Research Skills
  • Professional Legal Practises for MA Students
  • Academic Writing
  • Audio Technology Exam
  • Introduction to Media Art and Culture
  • Composing with Data Flow Programming
  • Introduction to Sound Design and Music
  • Introduction to Western Classical Music
  • Master's Thesis
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Admission procedure and criteria

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 to the MA in New Media, Major in Sound in New Media happens in the ARTS Aalto master's students admission process. 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

Tuition Fee

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    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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