Course Title: Develop sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6416C

Course Title: Develop sound designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6150 - Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email: mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: John Phillips
Phone: 9925 9413
Email: john.phillips@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop an overall sound design from production briefs.

It applies to individuals with a good understanding of the physical nature of sound, along with research and creative thinking skills. They collaborate with other creative personnel to develop the overall sound or musical identity of a wide range productions.

The course will cover building blocks for sound design for screen based media and other sound design applications.

 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU503 Develop sound designs

Element:

1. Interpret and confirm sound design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in concept meetings with relevant people to discuss and determine creative and technical sound requirements for a production

1.2 Confirm sound requirements meet the overall production requirements in liaison with relevant people

1.3 Identify and confirm any additional sound design team members required to fulfil the brief

Element:

2. Break down components of sound design brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify types of sounds required, and determine content, quality and duration of each sound component

2.2 Determine and document resource and creative requirements for each sound component

2.3 Document and confirm roles of sound design team members

Element:

3. Experiment with sound components to express ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Encourage and motivate sound design team members to generate ideas

3.2 Generate, explore and record a range of ideas and options to serve as a creative base for developing the required sound design

3.3 Select ideas with the most potential for technical and creative development of the required sound design

Element:

4. Assess creative ideas

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate selected ideas in terms of their viability, cost, technical feasibility and suitability to meet requirements of sound design brief

4.2 Select final ideas for the components of the sound design, based on what is needed to meet the overall requirements of the brief

Element:

5. Design sound elements

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Develop sound design concept, taking into consideration the brief and the ideas generated by the sound design team

5.2 Determine sound components required to implement sound design in line with creative and technical requirements

5.3 Establish clear relationship between sound components and objectives of sound design

5.4 Liaise with relevant people to incorporate additional requirements and ideas to achieve best sound design

5.5 Present sound design in required format to convey design concept

5.6 Confirm final sound design concept is consistent with brief and that potential difficulties are addressed

Element:

6. Evaluate final sound design

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Use appropriate techniques to evaluate whether final sound design meets the requirements of the sound design brief

6.2 Seek feedback and opinions from relevant people, and document results of evaluation

6.3 Communicate results of evaluation to relevant people, and use results to improve future practice


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to record, develop, design and mixdown sound effects from development to final implementation. You will be able to create synthesiser patches, set up and utilise various microphone techniques and record in outdoor environments using field recording techniques.



 


Details of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to: 
. Class delivery (face to face lectures)
. Audio lab practical sessions
. Peer teaching & class presentations
. Group planning and location recording sessions
. Audio editing sessions
  
Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to
. Group project recording plan
. Group location recording session
. Audio editing and mixing sessions

 

Class will include some out of class location recording exercises


Teaching Schedule

 

WEEK 

CONTENT

               

ASSESSMENTS DUE

 
 
 

Week 1

Introduction to unit & assessments

 LAB

  

The Sound Designers

 

Cinema Sound

 

Surround Sound

 

Week 2

Surround Sound Formats

 LAB

  

Pro Tools I/O

 

OMF & AAF

 

OMF PRAC

 

Week 3

Surround Sound in Pro-Tools

 STUDIO

 

 

Pro Tools I/O

 

 

 

Class will be divided into two groups for this session

 

Week 4

Sound Design / roles in film sound production

 CLASS

 

 

Sound Design strategies

 

ADR

 

Foley

 

Week 5

ADR / Location Recording Assessment

 CLASS

Assessment 3

 

Location Recording

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT 3 COMMENCES

 

Week 6

Logic Pro

 LAB

Assessment 1

 

Prac Assessment work - Assessment 3

 

FCP > OMF > LOGIC / PRO TOOLS - ASSESSMENT 1

 

Week 7

Logic Pro

 LAB

 

 

Prac Assessment work - Assessment 3

 

Prac Assessment work

 

Week 8

Interleaved v Multi-Mono Files

 CLASS

 

 

File Management

 

Bass Management

 

Matrix v Discrete

 

Week 9

 

 CLASS

 

 

GUEST LECTURE

 

 

 

Week 10

 

 CLASS

 

 

GUEST LECTURE

 

 

 

Week 11

Logic Pro

 LAB

Assessment 3

 

Prac Assessment work - Assessment 3

 

 

 

Assessment 3 completed in class

 

Week 12

Logic Pro

 LAB

Assessment 4

 

Prac Assessment work - Assessment 4

 

 

 

 

 

Week 13

 

 CLASS

 

 

GUEST LECTURE

 

 

 

 

 

Week 14

 

 CLASS

Assessments Due - 3 & 4

 

ASSESSMENTS 3 & 4 DUE

 

 

 

Week 15

 

 CLASS

Assessment 2

 

ASSESSMENT 2

 

 

 

Week 16

 Final Prac / Editing session

CLASS

 

 

Assessment and Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

For lab classes you will need to supply:

  • Closed headphones
  • Data storage (EG external drive >8gb)

 


Overview of Assessment

Students will be able to create, record and produce original sound effects from scratch using advanced synthesis techniques and basic microphone and field recording techniques.


Assessment Tasks

 

Ungraded assessments

* Assessment 1 - OMF PRAC A (Completed in class 6)

* Assessment 2 - Knowledge Test (>= 50% correct required) (Due / Sat Class 15)

 

Graded Assessments (refer to rubric for assessment details)

* Assessment 3 - ADR & FOLEY ASSESSMENT ("Idiot Box") (Due Week 14)

* Assessment 4 - OMF TRANSFER ASSESSMENT (Due Week 14)

 


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.

http://mams.rmit.edu.au/s1llva641yxuz.pdf

Attendance:

Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/acadprogress

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/adjustment

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit

 

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