Course Title: Immersive Environments

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Immersive Environments

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Philip Samartzis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99255207

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Audio Technology 1a

Course Description

In this course you will explore the technical, conceptual & artistic intricacies of spatialised sound. Working with immersive, multi-speaker environments you will examine the history and theory of music production, installation art and surround sound performance. You will apply your knowledge of spatialised sound to your own art projects and critically reflect on your work and the work of your peers This course will develop the skills and knowledge required is to utilise and extend sonic practice into immersive, multi-speaker environments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• Find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
• Effectively communicate via artistic production in a range of media and modes with awareness of and sensitivity to local and global contexts and cultures
• Develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Apply specialised technical skills and knowledge to address challenges associated with surround mixing, spatialisation and mastering.
• Consider and apply surround sound options in a range of installation, performance and audiovisual productions.
• Utilise the technological affects upon sound and music and apply this to surround spatialisation.
• Discuss and reflect upon the aural concepts and utilize the technical terminologies of immersive environments

Overview of Learning Activities

Technical Workshops:
You will undertake a series of workshops dealing with advanced applications of sound: ‘space’ in sound recording; manipulating sound in analogue and digital environments for multi-speaker playback; multi-speaker arrangement and site-specificity; DVD authoring; multi-channel playback systems; mixing and surround sound.

Process Workshops:
As an adjunct to the technical workshops, a series of process workshops are presented to demonstrate ways in which you can conceptualise, plan, manage and generally approach the utilization of sound for installation, performance and screen-based works. Central to this is the presentation of recent works and commissions professionally undertaken by the lecturer.

You will also 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 options for studio, technological and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your projects and requirements. 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 access during the course. Professional 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 the application of immersive methods will consist of a range of works and/or presentations that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff. Assessment will include:
1. Immersive Assignments 40%
2. Resolved Artworks 40%
3. Critical Reflection 20%
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 teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.