Course Title: Record sound on location

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4374 Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Title: Record sound on location

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 35

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2017,
Term1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Term1 2020

Course Contact: Rowan Humphrey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4842

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge needed to record dialogue and sound effects on location for a screen production.

Sound recordists and boom operators apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. They are responsible for recording sound effects and location atmosphere. They are also responsible for using boom mounted microphones and radio microphones to record dialogue in both outdoor and indoor locations. The operation of the boom requires precision and physical stamina to ensure that the optimum quality sound is captured without interfering with camera operation or the movement of actors. Well-developed understanding of how sound is used in screen productions is essential, along with the ability to work cooperatively and sensitively with performers and other production crew members.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU410 Record sound on location


1. Prepare for location recording.

2. Prepare equipment on location.

3. Capture dialogue.

4. Capture sound effects.

5. Finalise sound recording operations.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will undertake the recording of sound on location which includes television studios, from preparation to final sound recordings.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.