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Introduction into Sound Art


Admission requirements

There are no admission requirements for this course.


Over the past century, an artform has emerged that draws from the worlds of visual arts and music: sound art. While sound’s increasing importance in the artworld is evidenced by recent exhibitions, concerts, and literature dedicated to the subject, sound art has not yet become a topic that is often discussed in academia.

The course will introduce students into the world of sound art, its genealogy and archeology as well as its current very diverse manifestations, often away from concert halls and traditional musical instruments: (interactive) sound installations, sound art concerts, soundwalks, field recordings, etc.

The course has a theoretical-reflective as well as a practical-creative component: besides studying and discussing literature on sound art, a soundwalk and a visit to a sound art exhibition or the studio of a sound artist will be planned. Students will also be invited to make their own (digital) sound art work.

Course objectives

In this course:

  • Students get introduced into the world of sound art: its definition, its history, its current practices, etc.

  • Students get acquainted with theoretical-reflective literature on sound art: from time-based to space-based art; sound, silence, and noise; music and/versus sound art; etc.

  • Students will study sound art also through active listening, e.g. by visiting sound art exhibitions, listening to recordings, and soundwalking.

  • Students will tap into their own creativity by making field recordings and a sound artwork.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and seminars

Assessment method


The final mark for the course is established by the performance/attendance of the lectures (10%), the weekly readings (20%), and the assignments (70%).


In case the final (weighted average) grade for the course is not sufficient, the student may take a resit, or the lecturer may provide one or more additional assignments.

Inspection and feedback

  • 80% presence and active participation is required

  • Feedback can be arranged through individual appointments

Reading list

  • Literature is being provided through Brightspace

  • Literature is required to be studies before each seminar/lecture

  • No literature needs to be acquired beforehand


General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.

Registration À la carte education and Contract teaching

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.


Lecturer: Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen
Coordinator: Dhr. ir. R.T.W.L. Schneemann


Brightspace will be used for:

  • study materials

  • announcements and assignments

  • additional information regarding literature, sound art, individual concerts etc.

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