Course Title: Sound and Vision

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sound and Vision

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Darrin Verhagen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3718

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None (Visual Art students)

Audio Technology 1A (Sound Students) 

Course Description

This course introduces you to the relationship between sound, image and vision. This will include the exploration of musical as well as more abstract approaches to soundtrack writing. You will consider creative approaches when manipulating attention, arousal and emotion through sound. You will also explore the functions and agendas of sound design and music in relationship to image and will experiment with the practical implementation of such ideas in a variety of formats, medias and products. This course is available to sonic and visual artists and assessment can be either practical or theoretical.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
  • develop individual and collaborative modes of working and apply skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management
  • develop a critically effective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change , and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new

Learning Outcomes

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

  • examine and discuss the fundamental principles, which underlie the relationship between sound and vision
  • analyse the different precedents, concepts and practical options associated with composing or sound designing for film, video art, animation, dance, theatre and computer games
  • consider the objectives and demands of various projects, and explore appropriate methods of achieving specific responses through sound
  • formulate sound design and/or score suggestions for various project-formats, exploring and experimenting with different approaches to audio-visuality
  • communicate your perspectives in a collaborative environment
  • critically reflect and articulate your own work and the work of others

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with technology as a process of creation and enquiry. You will learn to use technologies in ways that compliment and inform your studio specialisation by making art works. You will also employ analytical, technical and interpretative processes to critically evaluate the use of technologies for creative practice using a range of reflective learning tools.

Through workshops, demonstrations, seminars, lectures and group discussions you will engage in a range of learning activities that explore technologies, tools and processes such as the hand made, digital, electronic, mechanical & workshop equipment & processes, and hardware & software. You will also explore safe working practices, industry standards and extend your knowledge, language and vocabulary of technology.

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff.

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

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your lecturers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.