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The 60-credit Master of Fine Arts degree in sonic arts is intended for electroacoustic composers, electronic music composers, sound artists, and sound designers who seek advanced knowledge in the production of artistic and commercial works in the medium of sound. The two-year program aims to help develop historically and theoretically informed and technically skilled composers and artists. The curriculum is flexible and includes weekly private composition lessons with a member of our internationally acclaimed faculty as well as courses on the creation of sounds, instrument building, and interactivity.
This program has been designed to provide an academic route to promising composers and artists, primarily those working in digital media, including those who may not necessarily possess a bachelor’s degree in music. Graduates of this program may pursue careers in the arts and the commercial media industry.
The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.
The 60-credit master of fine arts degree in Sonic Arts is intended for electroacoustic composers, electronic music composers, sound artists, and sound designers who seek advanced knowledge in the production of artistic and commercial works in the medium of sound. The two-year program aims to help develop historically and theoretically informed and technically skilled composers and artists. Graduates of this program should be capable of pursuing successful careers in the arts and commercial media industry. The curriculum is flexible and includes weekly private composition lessons (for four semesters) with a member of our internationally acclaimed faculty, as well as courses on the creation of sounds (both composition and sound design), instrument building, and interactivity.
Applicants for this M.F.A. program must have completed their bachelor’s degree with at least 12 credits in undergraduate courses in music or music technology. Applicants must have experience and facility with electronic/digital music-making.
General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section “Admission” of the Graduate Bulletin.
60 credits are required for the master of fine arts degree in Sonic Arts.
Courses in the Conservatory of Music offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses. The program of study must be approved by the Conservatory.
Students must also complete requirements for the program in Sonic Arts as follows. Any remaining credits required for the degree must be in courses chosen in consultation with the program director.
All of the following:
A placement assessment will be given to entering students to assess their level of skill and understanding of digital media skills and essential music skills. Students who do not demonstrate adequate skills will be asked to complete remedial coursework.
All students in this program must meet with faculty for a formal progress evaluation. This will occur for full-time students near the end of their second semester in the program. For part-time students, it will happen after they have completed twelve credits of coursework in the program.
All candidates for this degree must complete a capstone project. This project will be researched and begun during the Sonic Arts Capstone Seminar course, MUSC 7870X, and completed in the Sonic Arts Capstone course, MUSC 7875X. The capstone project must be a new creative or research work deemed of substantial significance and approved by the Sonic Arts faculty. Students are required to give a formal presentation of their capstone project to faculty and peers.
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
Selected applicants will be interviewed, either during a campus visit (recommended) or via telephone or video conference. Consideration will be given to applicants who do not meet course requirements but have unusual talent or experience equivalent to course work. Please see www.sonicartsmfa.org or e-mail Prof. Doug Geers for answers to questions and to schedule an applicant interview.
Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.
107A Roosevelt Hall
222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
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To make an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor, visit:
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