Course Title: Sound Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sound Design

Credit Points: 12

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 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

Course Coordinator: Dr Darrin Verhagen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3718

Course Coordinator Email:

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 capabilities you are developing in your program.

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

  • Study the processes used to develop and create sound designs for film, television, games and animation.
  • Identify the roles that dialogue, atmosphere, sound effects and music play in successful sound designs.
  • Explore how sound is used communicate emotive and narrative information.
  • Understand how sound is used in collaborative multisensory environments.

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 relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Media and Communication students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

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 may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1

This task involves the auditing of a sonic environment. It will contribute 25% to your overall result.

Assessment 2

This task will involve the creation of a sound composition using location recording. It will contribute 25% to your overall result.

Assessment 3

This is a project that requires the design, mixing, and synchronisation of a sound track for a video. This will contribute 50% to your overall result.