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 an aesthetic, subject. EPAS aims to address this imbalance through an integration of practice and theory continuously fed by 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.

Additionally, the EPAS 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 in 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.

Martine Huvenne

KASK and Conservatory / School of Arts Gent

Ben Zijlstra

Netherlands Film Academy

Su Nicholls-Gärtner

ifs Internationale Filmschule Köln