Course Title: Sound: Design and Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sound: Design and Context

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2022,
Viet2 2023,
Viet2 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr. Nick Cope

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Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 2.5.49

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides foundational skills and knowledge required to make effective use of audio electronics and sound for use in digital film and video. This includes basic concepts of acoustics and practical experience using microphones and recording equipment, mixing desks, MIDI and digital audio workstation software to produce digital audio sonic outputs. You will learn how to plan and mix sound within a scene, clean, match, split, repair and optimize recordings of dialogue, and manage noise and ambience when recording outdoors. You will explore creative, stylistic and expressive potential of music including selection, placement and editing of existing scores.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In the course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

PLO3: Develop narratives and screenplays and achieve storytelling outcomes for digital film and video 

PLO4: Select and use contemporary tools, methods and approaches to envision, develop and produce digital film and video work 

PLO5: Communicate with a range of stakeholders to plan, organise, execute and evaluate team-based and self-managed digital film and video projects 

PLO6: Apply critical and creative thinking skills and use self-reflection to develop ethical and professional capabilities  

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to: 

CLO1: Identify and describe creative approaches to sound design in digital film and video. 

CLO2: Plan, produce and integrate dialogue, sound effects and music for complex film and video projects. 

CLO3: Apply recording and processing tools and methods to complex digital film and video projects. 

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage in studio-based work to acquire and apply technical practices of sound design to support specific staging and direction outcomes. This will involve demonstrated use of relevant technologies and application of technique in guided exercises and tasks relevant to the co-requisite course.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to technical resources such as camera, lighting, sound recording equipment and editing tools, as well as studio-based learning spaces.  You will be provided with diverse learning and teaching resources, including web-based resources, library collections, and online learning content. You will also be provided with a range of educational support services, including peer-led academic mentoring, tutorials, and internship and mobility support services.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Sound Design Analysis, 20%, CLO1

Assessment Task 2: Soundtrack Comparison, 30%, CLO1 and CLO2 

Assessment Task 3: Original Soundtrack, 50%,CLO2 and CLO3 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.