Degree Programmes and Master’s Degree Programmes in Sound

In the three-year degree programme in sound, you will become familiar with the traditions, concepts, and current practices in your field. You will master the means and methods of expression and become familiar with the artistic planning process of sound design. In the master’s degree programme, you will broaden your sound–aesthetic horizons and learn about analysis and argumentation. All of this will support your growth as an artist working in interaction with your environment.

Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Three-year programme, 180 ECTS credits

 

As a graduate from the sound design programme, you will be familiar with the traditions, concepts, and current practices of your field. You will master the means and methods of expression and become familiar with the artistic planning processes of sound design. You will also learn to work as an active member of a multi-professional team. The training will enhance your creative skills and your commitment to practice.

 

You will improve your material handling skills and your evaluative and feedback skills. In the programme, you will learn to develop your work, acquire organisational and leading skills, and become aware of the ethical codes of various work environments. As a graduate of the sound design programme, you will be able to adopt new technologies and methods while maintaining a critical stance. A professional sound designer can work for a theatre as a permanent employee or can work for different businesses and groups and as a freelancer or an independent artist.

 

In the first year of studies, you will become familiar with the different fields of performing arts and the characteristics of light and sound, as well as their applications in the different fields.  After the second year and onwards, you will focus on sound design. The key components of the studies are the preparation processes of the artwork and interactive skills required to work in a team of artists. You will improve your teamwork skills and learn to use different sound design tools so that you can convey your ideas and visions to other members of the team. In the third year, you will participate in a full-scale theatrical production and collaborate with other degree programmes. You will also complete a portfolio, which will serve as your thesis.

 

The Language of Teaching and Degree is Finnish. Most of the teaching is in Finnish. However, student has the right to use written or spoken Swedish in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of the teaching makes it impossible.

 

Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)

Two-year programme, 120 ECTS credits

 

The basic objective of the master's programme in sound design is to produce professional sound specialists with good expressive and interactive skills for both the domestic and the international arts and culture fields. In the programme, you will broaden your sound-aesthetic horizons and learn about analysis and argumentation. All of this will happen in interaction with your environment.

 

After graduating from the sound design master’s programme, you will be an independent artist and possess the skills required to work as a creative and innovative member of an artistic group. You will also be able to create lighting design both as an applied and independent form of art and with various other forms of art (theatre, dance, opera, circus, music, and performance art among others). As a sound specialist, you will become familiar with the traditions of the field and  will learn how to apply and develop related technologies and planning processes. You will also know how to utilise sound facilities to reach your artistic goals. As a graduate from the lighting design programme, you will be able to adopt new technologies and methods while maintaining a critical stance. As a professional sound designer, you can work for a theatre as a permanent employee or for groups as a freelancer or an independent artist.

 

The specialisation studies in the master’s degree programme (120 ECTS credits) give you opportunities for individual choices, experiments, and specialisation. The master’s degree includes 66-68 ECTS credits for compulsory studies; the thesis is included in these credits. The studies include optional courses and other studies that you will complete independently, including assistantship, work placement, and individual artistic assignments.

 

The Language of Teaching and Degree is Finnish. Most of the teaching is in Finnish. However, student has the right to use written or spoken Swedish in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of the teaching makes it impossible.

 

Students

Students

2016

Antti Kainulainen
Riku-Pekka Kellokoski
Konsta Ojala
Laura Palanne

 

2015

Atte Kantoinen
Pekka Kiiliäinen
Onni Pirkola
Oula Rytkönen

 

2014

Antero Kemppi
Jari Koho
Kalle Rasinkangas
Nicolas Rehn

 

2013


Tuukka Pasanen
Markus Tapio

 

MA students

Ville Aalto

Eero Auvinen

Jukka Herva

Ville Kabrell

Tom Lönnqvist

Tatu Nenonen

Eero Nieminen

Niklas Nybom

Kristian Pernilä

Eero Pulkkinen

Johanna Puuperä

Ilkka Tolonen

 

Doctoral students

 

Mikael Eriksson
 

Antti Nykyri
 

Pessi Parviainen

Teachers

Teachers

Tuomas Fränti
Lecturer

Jokke Heikkilä
Lecturer

Jari Kauppinen
Professor

Heidi Soidinsalo
Lecturer
 

Admission

The degree and master’s programmes in sound design accept applications once a year. The entrance examinations are held in May and involve several eliminating rounds.

The next application period of the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2018.

SAMA: Sound Art & Sonic Arts education

The education in sound art and sonic arts combines the knowledge of UniArts’ three academies: Sibelius Academy, the Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy Helsinki. SAMA is a University of the Arts pilot program to develop mobility and collaboration between the academies.

 

Facilities

Facilities

The Sound studios

In the sixth floor of the building are the sound studios. They consist of structurally identical control rooms and two studio rooms with different design and dimensions. The studios are acoustically isolated from the rest of the building by floating. The recording rooms can be freely used with either of the control rooms. Also the lighting studio 601 can be utilized as a recoding space for large scale music recording.

The control rooms are designed to ensure largest possible listening area for course work. The surround listening environment is calibrated and ITU-775-compliant. It is possible to produce, listen and edit sound material in many formats from stereophonic up to 6.1.-surround sound.

 

Room 607: Dialog studio

This studio is designed for dialog and sound effect recording. The recording room is 11 m² in size.

 

Room 609: Music studio

This studio is designed for music recording. The recording room is 49 m² in size. It is equipped with movable acoustic panels for controlling and varying the room acoustics.

 

The Sound Workshops 1 and 2 (Rooms 409, 410)

The Sound Workshops are in the fourth floor. They are designed for sound editing and small-group work. They are furnished with simpler systems than the recording studios, the main focus here is in learning sound creation, editing and production techniques. The systems are designed to ensure easy integration with laptop computers that the students are using for production work.

 

Lighting studio

Lighting studio is a laboratory space rather than a performance space. It is not only a black box, there are windows and light tones on walls too. The stage area can be turned to black with curtains. The space is not approved for public performances, but it can seat up to 40 people. The studio size is 225 m² and the foyer 53 m².

Lighting bridges in two levels give easy access for all lighting bars. The studio is small enough for quick, efficient working and big enough to try things out for real.

The floor is black film faced plywood. It is possible to use staple gun and screws on the floor. It is possible to use smoke, haze and mist in the space.

There is a little lobby for the lighting studio. There is a sound isolated window to the next door recording studio.

 

The Video Editing Workshops 1 and 2 (Rooms 512 and 513)

The Video Workshops are in the fifth floor. They are designed for video editing and small-group work. Video Workshop 1 is 23 m²; Video Workshop 2 is 19 m².

 

The CAD Class (Room 401)

The IT Class includes full compatibility with CAD usage.

 

The Project Class (Room 514)

The Project Class is a versatile testing space equipped for workshop use.  It is suitable for developing and testing various combinations of performance-, group work, and technologies. The versatile design enables many activities relating to lighting, sound, video, and electronics. 

 

Other Facilities

Students have a 24 access to the premises. The lounge areas can be used for student exhibition.

 

Room 411: The Paintshop

There is a workshop room for all those messy projects. The paintshop has a robust floor, water station, washing machine and downdraft table to extract the painting fumes.

 

Class rooms 405 and 407

There are two regular class rooms. The small one is 57 m² and bigger is 95m². There are tables and chairs for 10 students in each room. In addition the bigger classroom has large trestle tables for drafting, model making and other long lasting projects.

Contact

 

Street address: Lintulahdenkatu 3, 00530 Helsinki
 

 

All University of the Arts Helsinki e-mail addresses are in the form firstname.lastname (at) uniarts.fi

 

Planning Officer
Tiia Kurkela
gsm +358 (0) 400 792 049

 

Department Secretary
Raija Koskivaara
gsm +358 (0) 400 792 024

 

Rehearsal Expert 
Seija Suontausta
gsm +358 (0) 400 792 750

 

AV-technician 
Kari Tossavainen (Ufo)
gsm +358 (0) 400 792 003