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Module Code: COM224
Module Title: The Art of Sound
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: School of Film and TV Arts
Pre-requisites: N/A
This optional module runs across two semesters and is aimed at students who want to take up sound practices in production and post production seriously. It builds on the work that they have done at Level 4 in their Introduction to Sound module. The module provides an opportunity to the serious sound recordist and sound designer to explore their craft by understanding the demands made on them as they record sound on location and create sund scapes in post production on short sequences and a short fim.

Specifically, the module is designed to:

Give student sound recordists/sound engineers a greater understanding of the theories and principles of sound both on location and in post production

Enable student sound recordists/engineers to experience and use a range of industry standard equipment

Engage student sound recordists/engineers in discovering the relationship between storytelling and the creation of atomospheric soundscapes

Help student sound recordists/engineers prepare for shoots, conduct themselves professionally on set and create soundscape in post production in order to achieve their creative vision

Enable student sound recordists/engineers to use sound to convey meaning effectively

Further enable student sound recordists/engineers to demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on their decision making and place it within a historical context

Gain an understanding of sound recrodists’ and sound engineers’ contracts, fees, negotiations etc. so that they can conduct themselves at a professional level.

Learning outcomes 
A Discuss, analyse and critique the construction of soundtracks, understanding the practice of recording sound on location and working with sound design in post production in the creation of meaning

B Successfully collaborate and communicate with directors, cinematographers and editors in developing a soundscape for screen

C Effectively translate a script into sound design intentions by using a number of location sound recording techniques and creating soundscapes in post to enable the creation of meaning and atmosphere through sound

D Effectively utilise a variety of post-production sound equipment and software in order to create meaning

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (seminars and practical workshops in studio and in edit suites). Each semester will involve a total of 150 hours of study, thus making this module worth 300 hours of study.

The seminars will provide the opportunity to examine sound tracks in films and TV in order to learn how to put them into practice.

The practical workshops will focus on both location sound and sound in post production.

The syllabus for this module aims to be a comprehensive guide to the student sound recordist and post production sound engineer as they explore their craft.

Typically, the syllabus for this module will be practice-led and cover aspects of camera work and cinematography, such as:

Sound as a means to exploring creativity

Location sound operating techniques using a range of microphones and mixers, location practices and etiquette

The sound deigner as an interpreter of the film’s meaning

Creating and using a range of post-production techniques including foley, ADR and music for achieving meaning

Understanding visual film language and editing from a sound designer’s point of view

Researching and referencing the creative use of sound in films

The search for meaning

Creating a film’s sound sense

Working with directors and cinematogrpahers

Sound crew on location and creation of sound sheets

Use of appropriate software during post production

Analysing the execution of a number of techniques in the creation of meaning by discussing the construction of sound tracks and applying such techniques to their own practice

Engaging in safe practice

Professional development of sound recordist and sound engineers in the world and in China, examining the scope of contracts, fees, and directorial opportunities.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26      78  10  186  300 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Film/Tv Essay 30.00
2 Location Sound Recording And Post Production For A Short 50.00
3 Reflexive Essay 20.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/16/2019 7:01:04 AM