From the beginning of the academic year 2021-22, EDHEA offers a Major in Sound Arts to its BA students in Visual Arts. Sound art and practices are becoming increasingly popular in contemporary art as well as in transdisciplinary research and performing arts. They take part in new forms of artistic and educational cross-breeding by developing an awareness of the connections between environments and performance-related, ethical, aesthetic and scientific issues.
Students pursuing the Major in Sound Arts at EDHEA have the opportunity to complete their artistic training with specialised and transdisciplinary competences at the crossroads of these different fields. The curriculum is offered to artists who wish to investigate aural practices and sound studies based on visual arts and in connection with contemporary research on the international art scene. EDHEA is the only art school in French-speaking Switzerland to offer a Major in Sound Arts within its Bachelor programme in Visual Arts.
The Major in Sound Arts offers an experimental approach to theory and practice in tune with the multiple facets of contemporary art professions in the field of sound arts and of practices concerned with attentional devices and listening. Job prospects are plenty in the artistic and curatorial fields as well as in transdisciplinary research.
After a common semester of basic intensive training for all Bachelor students, the Major in Sound Arts gradually begins in the second semester with a specialised and transversal pro-gramme focused on the impact of sound arts on our perception of our environment and the world.
Under the responsibility of Christophe Fellay, founder of the Sound Unit at EDHEA in 2004, the Major brings together a strong team of artists, curators and theoreticians active on the national and international art scene. Artists and other researchers of international standing lead workshops and master classes, and mentor on-field research as well as national and international projects.
The Major’s professionalising mission enables students to carry out in real-life conditions their artistic projects and research in partnership with field partners such as the MUDAC museum of contemporary design and applied arts and Plateforme 10 in Lausanne, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, the Valais Art Museum in Sion or by collaborating with institutions such as the laboratory on the NEAD Neuroscience of emotion and affective dynamics in Geneva, the Centre for digital humanities at the EPFL Ecole polytechnique fédérale in Lausanne, the Department of Oral History at the University of Lausanne and the other schools of the HES-SO network.