Audio and acoustic technologies are evolving faster than ever. New technological solutions are emerging for capturing and re-living acoustic experiences in an immersive fashion; extracting musical information from audio streams; retrieving and personalizing audio content; designing high-end musical instruments and listening spaces. All these solutions are the result of the convergence of various forms of expertise, but they all share the fact that these technologies are progressively dematerializing and are becoming more and more software-based. The designers of these technologies, in fact, are Information Engineers with targeted expertise on audio and acoustic signal processing, as well as applied acoustics and machine intelligence.
The MS Program in Computer Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano, starting from the 2016-17 Academic Year addresses exactly these needs by offering a brand-new didactic track named Musical Acoustics (A concise presentation of the course can be found here). The international students of this program will attend the first year at the historical Leonardo Campus in Milano, with courses devoted to fundamentals of computer engineering, audio and acoustic signal processing and computer music. The second year will be offered at the Cremona Campus of the Politecnico di Milano, and will be focused on all aspects of applied and computational acoustics, with particular attention to musical acoustics, vibro-acoustics and room acoustics. Students will also be able to attend courses from the School of Musicology of the University of Pavia.
The graduate in Musical Acoustics is, first and foremost, a Computer Engineer and, as such, will benefit from all the advantages that this professional profile is able to grant (highly sought-after, of immediate employability, flexible and adaptable problem solver).
Just like any engineer, the Computer Engineer is primarily a system designer that operates in wherever computing plays a major role; firms that develop products and services that collect, organize, process and give access to information; in private and public organizations and administrations that use computerized systems to manage, plan, design, produce and base decisions upon.
The didactic track in Musical Acoustics completes this profile with expertise in acoustic design, audio production and post-production technologies; but also in applied acoustics for all areas of musical interest. This professional profile is therefore particularly suitable for all areas of multimedia production (broadcast as well as internet), for companies that operate in the field of musical instrument production, professional audio, music information retrieval, etc. There are also areas related to demotic, security, architectural acoustics, etc., where employment opportunities are growing by the day.
For admission requirements, please refer to the didactic rules of the Master of Science in Computer Engineering. The best match for the MS in Computer Engineering - Musical Acoustics is any Bachelors of Science (BS) in the area of Information Engineering (Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, Electronics or Automation and Control). Other BS’s are admissible, but they will be examined by a committee, in order to decide possible constraints on the study plan, to facilitate the student in his/her learning experience.
This didactic program is supported by the Arvedi-Buschini Foundation and the Cultural District of the City of Cremona, which is promoted and financed by the CARIPLO Foundation.
Questo percorso di Laurea Magistrale è realizzato con il supporto della Fondazione Arvedi-Buschini e del Distretto Culturale del Comune di Cremona, promosso e finanziato da Fondazione CARIPLO.