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MA Music (Audiovisual Cultures)

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Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Studies Cultural Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MA Music (Audiovisual Cultures) offers you a unique opportunity to engage with cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on music and the moving image.

You will investigate the audiovisual culture of film, video games, social media, augmented reality, protest chants, music videos, opera, television, and the sounding visual arts from a range of perspectives and approaches, including theoretical and aesthetic debate, ethnographic filmmaking, and multimedia collage.

Study across disciplines

As a student of audiovisual culture, you will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of how music and the moving image work together in a variety of contexts. Modules from the Department of Music cross the spectrum of audiovisual cultures, from pop and contemporary art music, to ethnomusicology and the sonic arts. You can also choose from a range of related topics in other departments on subjects including world cinema, postcolonial theory, gender and sexuality, and communication theory.

Explore new approaches to critical thinking

This MA degree combines essay-based assignments with refreshed forms of scholarship, including the curation of online content, filmmaking, vlogging, installation work, sound walks, digital archiving, and collaborative creativity. Throughout your time at Goldsmiths, you will be encouraged to cultivate a creative approach to your critical thinking and to challenge the norms of academic scholarship.

Pioneering teaching

As a student on this programme, you will join a department renowned for its progressive and creative work with audiovisual theory, composition, and performance-as-research. You will be exposed to Goldsmiths’ unique approach to learning and teaching, which combines theory with creative practice and welcomes cross-cultural perspectives.

Vibrant audiovisual community

The Department of Music is celebrated for its multi-disciplinary work with music and media, with staff producing internationally significant work in audiovisual theory, orchestration for film, audiovisual composition, music computing, creative practice, and ethnographic filmmaking. You will be encouraged to attend a lively events programme, which includes our international research seminar series and various related research units, such as the Unit for Sound Practice Research, the Contemporary Music Research Unit, the Popular Music Research Unit, Music and Ethnographic Film, and the Fringe and Underground Music Group.


Today's accelerated media landscape offers an unprecedented range of audiovisual experiences, from film and television to video games, interactive sports events, live-streamed political rallies, social media vlogs, augmented reality music videos and digital sonic art. Often, content is shared and extended across platforms, requiring new modes of sonic composition and engagement. As socialising, working, teaching and music-making have moved online during the current pandemic, these new modes have become increasingly significant. Musicians working with film, new media, cybermedia, video art, opera, music video, theatre and the sounding visual arts are challenging the traditional role of music within the moving-image arts and finding new ways to respond to our cultural and political environment. In this module, we explore the role of music and sound in this contemporary visual landscape.

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Entry requirements

Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or an equivalent subject. Students who have completed up to 90 credits (not including final 60-credit projects or dissertations) of a comparable degree at another university can apply for recognition of prior learning status as part of their application for a place on the programme, where such credits are carried forward into your study at Goldsmiths.