ifs internationale filmschule köln is part of a European consortium to form the European Joint Masters Degree in Sound called EMAS
Beginning in January 2015, the European Master of Arts in Sound (EMAS) will be the first European joint master in sound and the first master in sound as an artistic discipline. Created by a consortium of European universities, film schools, art schools and arts organizations, the overall aim of the course is to produce practitioners to work in the creative industries, who are not only highly skilled but also individual, creative, critically aware, innovative and professional in their approach. By producing graduates with this combination of attributes, EMAS will fulfil its objective to enable people who have something ‘to say’ to communicate this effectively with their audience.
What is EMAS?
EMAS is a two-year MA in Sound, an intensive education in the creative potential of sound both of itself and as part of a multi-media practice. The innovative curriculum emphasises creative development alongside technical craft and embraces research as an essential component in this process.
Currently, a steering group is developing the curriculum with the support of the European Commission. The group is called Sound in Audiovision (SIAV) and comprises members from Aalto University, Finland; Nederlandse Film en Televisie Academie, Netherlands; ENSATT, France; Festival International du Film d'Aubagne, France; Flanders International Film Festival, Belgium; ifs internationale filmschule köln, Germany; KASK and Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent, Belgium and The School of Sound, UK. More information about the origin of EMAS can be found here.
Why is it needed?
Sound is at the heart of our perception of the world. It defines and clarifies our experience in time and space. Sound is both informative and affectual. It can give us information but, more importantly, sound makes us feel, physically and emotionally.
While there are countless courses teaching how to interpret visual information, from medieval painting to modern advertising, sound is a relatively unexplored field of study. And, although academic studies do explore the theoretical and conceptual sides of audio production, sound is generally considered a technical, rather than aesthetic, subject. EMAS aims to address this imbalance through an integration of practice and theory continuously fed by theoretical, critical and conceptual thinking. In this way, it will teach sound as a discipline in itself as well as in relation to screen production, dance, theatre, radio, architecture and other arts and media.
We strongly believe that this can be achieved most effectively as a joint degree, taking full advantage of the diversity of research and working practices across Europe and assimilating them into one educational program. This collaboration between European schools, creative industries and professional practitioners and artists will address the need for new skills – both technical and creative - demanded by rapid technological, economic and social developments. By combining research and education in this unique curriculum we will enable graduates to flourish within this creative and technological evolution.
Additionally, the EMAS curriculum encourages mobility within Europe by requiring the students to study at one of the partner schools or with an associated artist or practitioner. This form of international education stimulates new creative thinking while encouraging more job opportunities for graduates on the European labour market. Likewise, the teachers benefit through interaction with a much more diverse group of students as well as with a broader circle of educators than they would normally experience.
Who is EMAS for?
Our target group is artists, creators and professional practitioners who want to develop their knowledge and skills in sound within an audio-visual context. We will welcome applications from anyone who already uses sound or is interested in exploring the field of sound to incorporate into their artistic practice.
Students will be selected first and foremost on their creative abilities, coupled with a passion for their chosen medium. Technical abilities are important, but providing there is a good level of basic competence these skills can be taught. Recent graduates, experienced professionals or those without a formal academic background will all be welcomed as we look for a diverse group of students who can learn together and inspire one another.
The strength of EMAS is that students can access the expertise of different institutes and exchange ideas on a European level. Students will have the possibility to develop their own projects within a multicultural environment, providing them with fundamental insights into the diversity of European thinking. Even though the course will be taught in English, the variety of European philosophic and artistic traditions is at the heart of this MA.
When does it begin?
The EMAS partners are now developing the curriculum with the aim of accepting applications in 2014 and classes beginning in January 2015.
If you would like to be kept informed about EMAS and receive periodic newsletters, send your name, your organisation’s name and email address, to:
Administrative Coordinator SIAV
More Information about the curriculum can soon be found here.
Partner organisations and their representatives
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland
Professor of Practice, Film Sound Design, Department of Film, Television and Scenography. Multiple award-winning sound designer in feature films, documentaries and animation for 24 years. http://elo.aalto.fi/en
Nederlandse Film en Televisie Academie
Studied mechanical engineering followed by sound and camera at the Netherlands Film Academy. Worked free-lance for 17 years in documentary and feature film: sound recording, sound editing, sound design and mixing. From 2001 until present: Head of Sound Design at the Netherlands Film Academy, developed the sound design curriculum from scratch with emphasis on ‘team teaching’ and ‘sound as storytelling tool’. http://www.ahk.nl/filmacademie
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre (ENSATT), France
Sound explorer and recorder for theater, cinema and music for 40 years. Teacher in National schools and for professional lifelong education. Coordinator of the Dept. of Sound Conception in ENSATT since 1992. Lecturer since 1989. Writer of essays about "sound writing": De L'écriture Sonore, 1999, publisher Entre-Vues, Marseille; Pour une Ecriture du son, 2006, Entendre le Cinéma, 2010, publisher Klincksieck, Paris. http://www.ensatt.fr
Festival International du Film d'Aubagne (FIFA), France
In charge of international relations and artistic adviser for FIFA.
After studying in management and administration of arts in Canada and France, she worked in press relations for the Festival International du Jazz de Montréal/Francofolies de Montréal/Montreal HightLights Festival (2009-2010) and as a communication and partnership assistant for Jazz des 5 continents, Marseille (2011). http://www.cineaubagne.fr
Ghent International Film Festival, Belgium
The Festival started in 1974 and has developed into one of Europe's foremost film events. In 1985 it introduced the innovative theme, 'The Impact of Music on Film', focusing the international film competition on the importance of film music and sound design and organising a series of film music concerts and seminars with guests such as Ennio Morricone, Georges Delerue, Nicola Piovani, etc. The World Soundtrack Academy and the annual World Soundtrack Awards, launched in 2001, has intensified our focus on the importance of film music. http://www.filmfestival.be & http://www.worldsoundtrackacademy.com
ifs internationale filmschule köln, Germany
The ifs internationale filmschule köln is a renowned full study and further education institution serving aspiring media professionals. Sunedria Nicholls-Gärtner started her career on international film sets in Vancouver, Canada then moved to Germany in 1993. Here she became an editor for film and television. She has taught at the RTL School for Journalism and the ifs internationale filmschule köln and since 2001 has worked at the ifs as Head of Editing for Picture & Sound. In 2012 she took on the position of Head of Studies. http://www.filmschule.de
André Bendocchi-Alves studied and fell in love with film at the USP University in Sao Paulo, Brasil. Since 1988 he has worked on many award winning films such as LISBON STORY / SMILLAS SENSE OF SNOW / PICCO. He has been a member of the German Film Academy and the EFA since 2003 and has taught Editing and Sound Design at the ifs since 2001. In 2009 André took on the position of Professor for Editing Picture & Sound at the ifs.
The School of Arts Ghent, Belgium
Musicologist, lecturer and researcher on Sound and Music in Film at the School of Arts, Ghent. Trained in Laban technique as a dancer. PhD on a phenomenological approach of sound in film (UVA 2012). Curator of the annual film music seminar of the Ghent International Film Festival. Coordinator of SIAV. http://www.kask.be
The School of Sound, UK
Sound designer and film editor in features, documentary, animation and experimental productions for 30 years. Teacher at film, media and art schools around the world. Former Head of Post-Production at the NFTS (UK). Co-founded the School of Sound with Diane Freeman in 1997. Co-editor Soundscape: The School of Sound Lectures 1998-2001; Co-editor The New Soundtrack journal. http://www.schoolofsound.co.uk
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union