Sound as critical practice - Course

Sound as critical practice - Course

Sound as critical practice is a course for those committed to explore the potential of sound as a form of resistance in artistic practice.

The course is open to sound professionals active in all artistic fields such as artists, musicians, sound designers and composers. During the course we examine how ethical and norm critical approaches in the sonic field can be used to challenge current norms relating to sound and listening. The main purpose of this course is to equip the participants with theoretical and practical tools enabling them to transform current hegemonies and power structures in the contemporary sonic landscape – and their own practice. The course offers a critical perspective of the historic and contemporary concepts of ”sound art” itself – deriving from sonic ethics, sonic resistances, sonic spaces, scapes and sites. This course work integrates practical and theoretical work continuously throughout the course, combining lectures, artist talks, text seminars, workshops, field studies and individual, practice based work.Through reading texts, writing and group discussions students can develop a reflective, ethical and norm critical approach to both sound art history and her own practice.

The course involves independent studies and monthly meetings held over a couple of days towards the end of each month

Course coordinators:
Jenny Sunesson, artist, senior lecturer in Sonic arts
Åsa Stjerna, artist

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    Ethics in Sonic Art (8 credits)

    This module deals with various ethical approaches in the sonic arts, exploring vital ethical questions linked to being an artist operating in the sonic field during this century.

    How are the present climate related issues affecting artists locally and globally?

    What rights – and responsibilities – does this entail? How can we, as artists in the sonic field, develop methods that may contribute to a more ethical and sustainable World? This module contains lectures, discussions and workshops presenting various ethical concepts in the sonic field.

    Modes of Resistance in Sonic practice (10 credits)

    In this module we explore various sound art practices as modes of resistance through lectures, workshops and artist talks, deriving from various different entries and interpretations of the subject.

    A broad overview of critical practices in the field known as "sound art", is presented. What are the different types of resistance modes in the sonic field? We focus on contextual practices.

    We also examine listening as a practice and a tool within the sonic arts, highlighting different traditions, listening practices – and their consequences.

    (Re)negotiating spaces, sites and scapes (12 credits)

    The module "(Re)negotiating spaces, sites and scapes" offers an exploration of a few central, critical and artistic perspectives related to the sonic landscape.

    During this module we audit the past, present and future in site specific sonic practice.

    Part one considers history and memory linked to specific spaces and places in sonic practice.

    Part two engages with a variety of artistic methods in site specific practice and the public sonic domain.

    Part three approaches the question of human impact on the environment, known as "anthropocene". We focus specifically on the contemporary soundscape.

    This module consists of lectures, discussions and workshops evaluated through verbal, written and practical assignments.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the second cycle

    Specific entry requirement

    - Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts, or equivalent

    - Documented experience of artistic work

    - English 5 and 6 or equivalent  

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    The course is open to sound professionals active in all artistic fields such as artists, musicians, sound designers and Composers.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    • A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.


    Below are the entry requirements for the course.  If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at the second cycle

    • Upload a transcript of records showing that you have previous university studies.
    • If you do not meet the formal requirements for studies at the second cycle you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates.


    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree in the Arts or equivalent

    • Documented experience of artistic work

    • English 5 and 6 or equivalent  

    • If you do not have the formal credits or grades you can apply for recognition of prior learning.


    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • Letter of Motivation. write and motivate why you want to attend the course max 1 page 4000 characters.
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.




    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. Selection is made based on a written application consisting of a CV and a personal letter stating the candidate's motives for applying to the course. If needed, interviews with suitable applicants for a final selection, will be conducted.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 315 000 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.