Course Title: Develop sound designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART6065C

Course Title: Develop sound designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Davide Carbone
Phone: 9925 4976

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

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit.

Course Description

To enable the learner to gain the technical skills required to create, record and produce original sound effects from scratch using advanced synthesis techniques and basic microphone and field recording techniques.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU501A Develop sound designs


1. Interpret and confirm sound design briefs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in preliminary concept meetings with relevant personnel to discuss creative and technical sound requirements of productions
1.2 Continue liaison with relevant personnel until all sound requirements have been confirmed in the context of overall production requirements
1.3 Identify and confirm additional personnel needed to fulfill the sound design brief


2. Break down components of sound design briefs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and document the sound sources specified in the design brief to determine the content, quality and duration of the required sound components
2.2 Determine and where necessary document the creative and resource requirements for each sound component
2.3 Confirm and document the role of personnel required for the process of developing sound design projects


3. Experiment with sound components to express ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Cultivate and create an energy and environment that will promote the generation of ideas among team members and provide the motivation and incentive to bring ideas to fruition
3.2 Gather information from a variety of sources and generate, explore and record a range of ideas and options as a creative base for developing the required sound design
3.3 Transform and manipulate the ideas generated and select those ideas that have the most potential for technical and creative development of the required sound design


4. Assess creative ideas

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Contemplate and consider the ideas selected from the creative base, reflecting on and evaluating their viability, cost, technical feasibility and suitability to meet the requirements of the design brief
4.2 Continuously evaluate and verify creative ideas for the components of the design brief based on the overall sound design concept


5. Design sound elements

Performance Criteria:

5.2 Determine the relevant sound components required to
implement the sound design in line with creative and
technical requirements
5.3 Establish a clear relationship between the use and
integration of sound components and the function, context
and objectives of the work to determine the sound design
5.4 As required, hold ongoing discussions with relevant
personnel to consider, confirm and incorporate additional or changed production requirements and new ideas to achieve best sound design concept
5.5 Present the sound design in a specification that best conveys the concept to relevant personnel, including those responsible for implementing the design
5.6 Confirm final design concept with relevant personnel to ensure that implementation is consistent with the design and that potential difficulties are addressed


6. Evaluate completed sound designs

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Discuss and obtain agreement from relevant personnel on evaluation techniques to evaluate the completed sound design
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6.2 Focus the evaluation on whether the sound design meets all aspects of the design brief, and on the viability of the implementation plan
6.3 Obtain detailed information and opinions from legitimate sources and document results for evaluation
6.4 Communicate results of evaluation to relevant personnel 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

Group Discussion
Synthesiser programming
Sampler Programming
Programming in Logic Pro
Location Recording
Microphone recording
Scoring to Picture

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Class content


                Elements covered

Week 1
Sound Design for film
Sound Design elsewhere
Week 2
Basics of synthesis and sound design 1,2,5
Week 3
Samplers and sound design 3,5
Week 4
Video in audio apps
Music & SFX to picture
Week 5
Sonic Identity 1,2,4,5
Week 6
Music to Picture 1,3,4,5
Week 7
Beat mapping and slicing in Logic Pro  3,5
Week 8
Creative use of software
Week 9
Creative mixing and mastering 2,3,4,6
Week 10
Location Recording 2,5
Week 11
Location recording 1,2,3,4,6
Week 12
Mixing Music & SFX
to picture
Week 13
Dialogue and Voice recording 2,3,4,5,6
Week 14
Advanced synthesis programming 1,3,5
Week 15
Advanced synthesis programming 1,3,5
Week 16
Assessment 1,2,3,4,5,6
Week 17
Assessment and review 6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Sound Design for King Kong movie*
Logic Pro 9*
Zoom HR4 Recorder*
* all resources are provided


Other Resources

It is recommended that all students bring:
A 2GB USB Flash Drive
A pen and notepaper

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

Formative assessment

Record white noise and demonstrate the ability to make several varied sound effects from the original white noise recording
Utilise effects and flex audio in Logic Pro 9 to create unique sound effects.
Create a variety of original patches for the ES2 software instrument in Logic Pro 9
Record live sound effects and foley in both an outdoor and environment

Summative Assessment

Students will record and design dialogue and sound effects, and then edit and mix their recordings to picture.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competetancy Achieved-Graded 
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the
relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in
Program administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you
are unable to complete any piece of assessment on or by the due date, you will
need to apply for an extension.
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