Course Title: Sound Design for Digital Media

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sound Design for Digital Media

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017


Melbourne transfer to Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Darrin Verhagen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3718

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 5 Room 6

Course Coordinator Availability: Email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the theories and practice of sound design for digital media. You will explore how audio can be synchronised with interactive and time-based media. You will analyse the abstract but powerful ways in which sound can be used to communicate emotive and narrative information and meaning. A focus of the course is application of the principles and practices of sound recording, editing, processing, mixing and synthesis, to design and produce digital audio works and soundtracks.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• Critically analyse and evaluate the role of sound in a variety of media.
• Use critical listening skills to evaluate your own work and that of others.
• Apply theories and techniques of contemporary audio practice to record, synthesise and manipulate audio.
• Analyse and respond to creative briefs to produce audio projects that communicate emotive and narrative information and meaning.
• Create digital audio compositions and soundtracks, synchronised to linear and interactive visual media.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face activities such as workshops, lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion and individual research.

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.

Assessment may include projects, assignments, critiques, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.