• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

Completing this Sonic Arts and Music Production program at Portland State University  will give you the skills in music technology and a supportive curriculum to prepare you for graduate study, with the breadth of knowledge, creative thinking, and expressive skills that can be translated into artistic, technical, entrepreneurial, and research endeavors.

As a sonic arts and music production major, you can gain real-world experience building your portfolio in your music production classes. From composing music to developing multimedia content, every class you take gives you another opportunity to add to your portfolio’s vibrancy. We also work with community partners to develop professional connections.

Career

Most of our alumni go on to grad school or a career as a producer or sound technician. Related careers include: composer, teacher, music entrepreneur, and media content creator.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Contemporary Music Theory
  • Group Lessons for Beginners: Piano
  • Audio Recording
  • Studio Production
  • Acoustics for Musicians
  • Music with Visual Media
  • Business of Music

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To enroll as a freshman (first year), you must have completed secondary school or high school. Your education must be equivalent to United States secondary school or high school education.  

  • You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You may be admitted to Portland State University and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) pathway if you do not meet PSU's English Language Proficiency Requirement. Learn more about PSU’s English language programs.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29837 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29837 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29837 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29837 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10081 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10081 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Portland

  • 1271 - 2270 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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