Course Title: Sound Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sound Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Darrin Verhagen

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore industry-relevant techniques used to produce sound designs for film, television, games and animation. You will analyse the use of sound in different industries and identify aspects and processes that make them successful. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of audiovisual principles at both theoretical and practical levels.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an elective, which will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.


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

  1. Understand the processes used to develop and create sound designs for film, television, games and animation.
  2. Identify how dialogue, atmosphere, sound effects and music play a role in successful sound designs.
  3. Use sound to communicate emotive and narrative information.
  4. Demonstrate a practical understanding of the fundamental technical tools used to design sound.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities that may include studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.   A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.   There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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

Assessment Tasks
Assignment Task 1- Narrative Piece 25% CLO 4
Assignment Task  2- Analysis and Work in Progress 35% CLO 1 & 2
Assignment Task 3 - Major Piece 40% CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4 

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.