Sound Design for New Media (DESC9117)


This unit aims to introduce essential concepts in sound design for screen-based media, including for cinema, television, digital video, web-based and interactive content including head-mounted display. A grounding will be provided in the theory and criticism of sound design in order to develop an understanding of the potentialities of utilizing audio in synergy with visual media. The sound designer's role in the process of creation of meaning will be examined in cultural as well as technical contexts, with the aim of developing and extending production practices towards an individual aesthetic. The unit will also look at current computer-based tools and techniques available to the sound designer, as well as examine the various underlying strategies, processes, and sound design philosophies.

Upon completion of this unit students will be expected to: understand the audiovisual medium and its essential concepts and terminology, and to be acquainted with the history, theory and criticism of sound design for audiovision. Students will develop technical and conceptual skills in preproduction, general miking techniques, post-synchronisation dialogue recording and editing, producing sound effects, multi-track laying, creating atmospheres and various psychoacoustic effects, and mixing sound for screen-based content.

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Seminars 3 hrs/wk


Class attendance and participation (10%); Journal (20%); Major project: initial proposal presentation and 1000wd documentation (20%); Final project (50%)

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