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Sonic Visions Academy @ Mexico / New Music and Media Arts

Offered by the Faculty of Fine Arts, this program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of music and media arts backgrounds, as well as other fields of fine arts, communication, science, and engineering.

About the program

Our Sonic Visions Academy @ Mexico / New Music and Media Arts intensive summer program [3 credits] will offer undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of music and media arts backgrounds, as well as other fields of fine arts, communication, science, and engineering, an opportunity (a) to work on self-proposed research and creation -sound/media/contemporary/experimental art, and electronic music- projects; (b) to attend master classes and lectures on new media/electronic/sound art creation and contemporary music, and workshops-seminars on music & new media/sound art technology by world leaders in the field; (c) and to receive individual feedback/mentorship on their creative work by internationally recognized artists and tech experts.

The program will be held in Morelia, Mexico, mainly at the Mexican Centre for Music and Sound Arts facilities (CMMAS) in downtown Morelia, and the UNAM/ENES campus Morelia - the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM is the largest university in Mexico, with 41,000 academics and 356,000 students.

Dates & Course

Dates: July 28 - August 6, 2023

Undergraduate course: MUSI 498/EAST 498/FAFS 398

Graduate courses:   FAFS 660 / FAFS 860                               

Students will take advantage of Morelia and seek inspiration from its rich cultural life, history, people, and places for their projects. While you will be immersed in Mexico’s cultures, stories, architecture, intensity, speed, and beauty, you will also attend workshops and activities at the host institution: CMMAS / UNAM and will be meeting international artists and academics from several fields (e.g., experimental and new media arts, sound art and music, and much more).

A selection of the students' works will have the opportunity to be presented in a special section of the international and widely-known Visiones Sonoras Festival 2023. Students will have access to privileged information and opportunities to participate in Visiones Sonoras 2023 activities, to be held later this year.

Estimated cost & bursary

Program fee: Concordia will charge program participants 3 credits of Concordia tuition and a program fee $975 to cover accommodations and breakfast in Morelia.

Students are responsible for selecting and paying their transportation to/from Mexico; mandatory health and travel insurance; meals; spending money; any required travel documents and other miscellaneous expenses associated with travel. Students also pay for and supply their own materials.

Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Award: The Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for the Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Awards. The Award offers an amount of $1,300 for thirty (30) eligible Fine Arts undergraduate or graduate students accepted to a Field School hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts. Please consult the Peter N. Thomson Field School Award webpage for application instructions.

Quebec Mobility Bursary: Concordia International offers a $750 CDN bursary to students who qualify. 

  • Field school applicants do not need to submit a bursary application as it is part of the on-line field school application, and you will automatically be considered for the Quebec Mobility bursary.
  • The bursary will be applied to student accounts. Details on the payment of the bursary will be sent to successful applicants. 
  • Eligibility requirements:You are a Concordia student enrolled in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program while participating in the program.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits toward their degree. Graduate students must have completed at least 9 credits towards their degree; these must be credits earned from the current program. Transfer credits, whether internal or external, do not count.

 

Host Institution

The Mexican Center for Music and Sound Arts (CMMAS) was created in 2006 with the support of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) and today works closely with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) offering a unique space in Latin America. It is made up of internationally recognized specialists and has the support of an Academic Committee that brings together several of the most prestigious personalities in the field of musical composition, sound and media arts.

The CMMAS has established itself as the main space in Ibero-America for the creation, reflection, and learning of sound art and contemporary music -with and without new technologies- expanding its achievements to multiple media and electronic arts fields. It is an avant-garde center for research, experimentation and development of sound-related projects, with privileged ties not only to Mexico and Latin America but to centres and artists of the highest level, all over the world.

In over 10 years they organized almost 1,000 activities reaching over 100,000 people, promoting the work of about 19,000 young artists, and producing more than 1,200 creative projects focusing on sound, music and media/interactive arts. They also produced 550 concerts. CMMAS is the leading force behind the international festival Visiones Sonoras, where already Concordia students have been presenting lectures and works.

Application Process

To be eligible to participate in the field school, you must meet one of the following criteria.

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program, with a minimum 2.7 cumulative culmative GPA (CGPA) and have completed at least 24 credits toward your current degree program by the time you leave for the program.
  • Be enrolled in a Master’s degree program, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (CGPA) and have completed at least 9 credits toward your current degree program by the departure date.
  • Be enrolled in PhD degree program, have a 3.7 cumulative GPA (CGPA) and have completed at least 9 credits toward your current degree program by the departure date.
  • This program is open to non-Concordia students from other universities, but priority will be given to eligible Concordia students.

All students interested in applying to this program must attend an information session given by Concordia International prior to submitting an application.

Date: Tuesday February 7, 2023

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Zoom ID: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/j/3654810697

Concordia Students

  • Log into the Concordia Mobility portal to access the Concordia Field School Application.
  • Submit the Concordia Field School Abroad Application by the application deadline of February 16, 2023. The application can be accessed through the Concordia International CSEP Mobility Portal.
  • Your application must also include:
    • A copy of your most recent transcript (whether from Concordia or another institution). An unofficial Concordia transcript.
    • A letter of intent of 500-750 words describing why you wish to participate in the Mexico Field School and the kind of work you hope to accomplish while there. You should also make mention of what strengths or contributions you think you will bring to the group.
    • A sample of your creative or scholarly practice. This could be either (or a combination of both):
      • 2 sound art/music work or 5 still images of artwork or an audiovisual piece, or equivalent, and artist’s statement.
      • A sample of scholarly or creative writing, minimum 5 pages double-spaced.

Please note that each file must be 20MB  or less and must be in PDF format.

Non-Concordia Students

  • Submit the Concordia Field School Abroad Application by the application deadline of February 9, 2023
  • Your application must also include:
    • A copy of your most recent transcript (whether from Concordia or another institution). An unofficial Concordia transcript.
    • A letter of intent of 500-750 words describing why you wish to participate in the Mexico Field School and the kind of work you hope to accomplish while there. You should also make mention of what strengths or contributions you think you will bring to the group.
    • A sample of your creative or scholarly practice. This could be either (or a combination of both):
      • 2 sound art/music work or 5 still images of artwork or an audiovisual piece, or equivalent, and artist’s statement.
      • A sample of scholarly or creative writing, minimum 5 pages double-spaced.

Please note that each file must be 20MB  or less and must be in PDF format.

  • Final admissions decisions will be made by the program monitor, Dr. Ricardo dal Farra.
  • By April 7, 2023, admitted students must make a $500 deposit on their Concordia student account towards costs to hold their position in the INew Music and Media Arts field school. If a student withdraws from the program, the $500 deposit will be credited to their student account and applied against their future tuition.
  • Students admitted to the program will have to attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting held by Concordia International through the following Zoom link:  https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/j/3654810697  April 24th, 2023 at 3:30 pm.

All information on this website is subject to change without notice. The program is subject to cancellation at any time and for any reason. Twelve to fifteen participants will be selected to participate in the program.

Application Inquiries

Maral Abajian
maral.abajian@concordia.ca

Academic Inquiries

Ricardo Dal Farra
ricardo.dalfarra@concordia.ca

Registration Inquiries

Perla Muyal
music@concordia.ca
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