The master's programme “Instruments & Interfaces” is offered by the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague together with STEIM in Amsterdam, and started in September 2011. Applications need to be made through Studielink.

The application deadline is postponed till 1 April 2017.

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This two-year master's programme is oriented towards the realisation of individual projects. In addition, the programme is open to collaborative projects wherein both technical and performative aspects are shared with additional partner researchers. Candidates must be in possession of a relevant bachelor's degree. Examples of relevant studies would be: various design- or sound-related subjects (for instance composition, sonology, industrial design or interaction design), or related technical subjects such as artificial intelligence, computer studies or electronic engineering. The studies will be conducted in English and applicants are expected to be adequately fluent with the language.

The candidate must submit a detailed project proposal, together with a portfolio and two reference letters. On the basis of this material an initial selection will be made, followed by interviews with the selected candidates.

Admission proposals should be oriented towards one the following categories:

Performance: use of interfaces approached from the perspective of playing and/or improvising. Here the emphasis is on making instruments or interfaces for specific uses, such as live performance, installations or mobile applications.

Instrumental: the use of sensors to design a playable instrument. Here the emphasis is on the conception, design and realisation of such an instrument on the basis of visualisations and/or sensors together with the appropriate playing techniques.

Protocol: the design of hardware for communication. Here the emphasis is more on the technical aspect of producing instruments and interfaces: hardware, sensors, software and the communication between different components on a technical level.