New Media + Sound Arts Major

Academic Institution


Focusing on the relationships between arts, new technologies, and critical studies, the New Media + Sound Arts major generates new knowledges, sensations and artistic expressions. NMSA emphasizes experience - feeling, seeing, and hearing - inviting students to create worlds of difference.

All our majors commence upon completion of our Foundation Year requirements.

New Media and Sound Arts (NMSA) provides a critical and technical framework within which students master the conceptual and practical skills for producing creative, innovative, and experimental research and projects that employ electronic technologies. NMSA acknowledges the growing interest in expanded opportunities and support for sound art at ECU. Students explore sound practices along with visual, performative, and object-making practices using new technologies. For example, curriculum pathways include: visuals and sound for interactive environments, new media performance, interactive video, sound recording, sound design, instrument design, computer music, web projects, robotics and wearable electronics. As part of the growing culture of indigenization at Emily Carr, NMSA offers aboriginal storytelling and indigenous approaches to new media research and production.

NMSA allows for open-ended inquiry, examining how art and technology can contribute towards positive social change. NMSA proposes critical investigations into making: How can technologies provide new methods of telling stories? How can technologies provide inquiry into the changing roles of artists and publics? Can technologies assist our physical relationship to the world? Can technologies enhance our perceptions, our hearing and seeing? How may technologies help support ecological relations with the earth? Students in the NMSA major are encouraged to develop their artistic voice within a context of contemporary and historical practices, and to develop meaningful engagement with social concerns.

NMSA provides students with links to communities of professionals by forging opportunities with internal practitioners and researchers, and external organizations. The goal is to offer students the potential to be society’s critical makers; able to contribute creative research, engaged practices, and problem-solving skills.

— Source: ECU's website

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