In this highly-practical, workshop-based subject, students explore the use of professional microphones, professional sound recording devices, and working with professional sound editing, mixing and design software, such as Pro Tools. A broad range of technical and creative aspects of microphone selection and use, location recording techniques, boom operation, dialogue editing, track-laying, effects editing, foley-effects, automated dialogue replacement (ADR), and the various stages of sound design and mixing will be examined. Students actively engage with creative problem-solving through classwork and bespoke assignments.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Sound Production and Design|
Delivery & attendance
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Identify and describe the key principles of sound production and design for a range of film, television and other screen-based productions.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively, creatively and safely operate professional microphones and sound recording and mixing equipment and accessories.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to record quality sound in a variety of internal and external environments.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively and creatively edit, design and mix sound for a range of soundscapes using software such as Pro-Tools.
|*Class Participation||Demonstration of Understanding. Professionalism and Workshop Contribution||10%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|*Cinematic Project||Sound Exercise Part 1 - sound recording and editing||20%||Week 5||2, 3, 4.|
|*Cinematic Project||Sound Exercise Part 2 - sound editing and mixing.||15%||Week 9||2, 3, 4.|
|*In-Class Quiz - Individual||In-class Test||20%||Week 11||1.|
|*Cinematic Project||Sound Design and Mixing creative project.||35%||Week 12||2, 3, 4.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.
Policy on plagiarism
University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
In this highly practical, hands-on subject students develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge of sound production and design as one of the technical creative arts foundational to contemporary screen production. They will explore and examine: the physics of sound and the various crew roles in the sound department, an introduction to microphones, and microphone placement, an introduction to Pro Tools professional sound editing software, audio recording using digital audio mixers, including stereo recording, and recording techniques using boom poles and wireless microphones. In sound post-production, students learn about dialogue editing, ADR (automated dialogue replacement) foley effects, track laying and sound design principles, including final mixdowns and surround sound.1, 2, 3, 4.