Course Description

Students 18 and up encouraged to apply.

When experiencing film and video, the sounds we hear are as important as the images we see. Too often sound is thought of as supportive or secondary to the image. Through the exploration of sound aesthetics, design, and recording, you will learn sound is an equal partner to the image in filmmaking. Careful listening and analysis of sonic experiences from a wide range of films across genres will provide you with an understanding of the complexity of sound design and how sound and image combine to create meaning onscreen.

You will record and edit both sync and non-sync sound projects for this course. To complete the assignments a video camera and microphone is recommended but a smartphone can be used. Access to, and a working knowledge of editing software such as Adobe Premiere or Adobe Audition is required. In addition to completing assignments, students will have the option to participate in live, instructor-led discussions and critiques. This supplemental experience allows students to engage with one another as they explore the topics of the course and share feedback.

Learner Outcomes

  • In this course you will gain an understanding of:     

    • How sound is created in the production and post-production process

    • The use of diegetic and non-diegetic sound

    • How to record audio in the field and in the studio

    • Creating and recording foley effects

    • The use sound editing, audio manipulation, and digital effects

    • How music is used in filmmaking

    • Develop filmmaking vocabulary and discourse skills


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