Spring 2024 - CA 446 D100

Senior Project II (5)

Class Number: 7393

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Thu, 9:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA 445.



The continuation of CA 445.


Project-based studio tutorials at the core of this course will serve as a composition 'home room'. Students are encouraged to dream up their own projects that aren't bound by any category of method or means but put into action a number of tools they've accumulated in their personal 'kit'. This can include expanding on work from other lab courses (Eg. Live Electronics Lab, EiR Lab). Projects can engage any combination of resources/approaches, including DIY performance (solo or with other students), fixed media, installation, musicians from this year’s Ensemble in Residence, live electronics, etc. These are significant projects, either full-term or as arranged between the student and their assigned studio instructor. Students gain mentored practice in custom-combining any of their desired tools as well as initiating and managing the full production of their project. 

NOTE: Students in 446 will be mentored in 1-1 sessions with chosen composition faculty (students can mix their allotment of sessions between multiple faculty).

The Creative Sound Seminar (Thursdays at 9:30) will be used solely for presentations by students, faculty, and Guest Artists invited from around the globe. Rather than traditional artist talks, these will take the form of live interviews, sometimes incorporating hands-on demos to demonstrate unique practices. This seminar will be attended by students from all the Creative Sound Seminar classes (146-446) and thus will be a full community event. 


  • Questions for Presenters 30%
  • Creative Projects 60%
  • Attendance/Participation 10%



  • Growth over the course of the term
  • Attending to one’s creative process and the evolution of that process
  • Originality / creativity
  • Dimensionality (attention to multiple facets of a work that could include time, form, concept, colour, instrumentation, density, pacing, pitch, rhythm, or other aspects unique to the work)
  • Attention to detail (creative and practical)



  • Each week students will be provided with introductory work and resources for the Guest Artist (or student presenter) who is presenting the following week.
  • After carefully reviewing this material, all students will prepare 3 questions for the presenter. These will be submitted on Canvas every Monday by 6pm. 
  • Grading will be done on a scale of 0-3:

    3 = questions demonstrate a careful review of the artist’s work with thoughtful engagement;
    2 =  questions suggest some review of the artist’s work, but aren’t particularly thoughtful;
    1 = questions are very general and don’t demonstrate research or consideration of the artist;
    0 = no questions submitted



  • Bring new material to share with your tutorial every week
  • Attend all seminars and tutorials (3 late arrivals of more than 5 minutes = 1 absence)
  • Engage actively with others’ work and process in weekly discussions and presentations
  • Actively support production of end of term Music + Sound Festival



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Registrar Notes:


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