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Postgraduate Course: Sound and Fixed Media (ARCH11011)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces concepts and techniques relevant to analysis and design of soundtracks in fixed media productions. The focus is primarily on film and animation but also includes discussion of radio plays, documentary, music video and advertisements. Students are required to analyse examples of film and animation and to develop ways of interpreting and ┐reading┐ soundtracks. These studies subsequently inform their own practical design work in this area.
Course description Lecture topics - subject to change each year

1. Introduction to film sound analysis
2. Music and moving image
3. The Sonic Image
4. Constructing Reality ┐ Sound Session with Documentary Makers
5. Seminar 1 ┐ Film Sound theories and approaches to analysis
6. Introduction to Surround Sound ┐ recording and playback
7. Introduction to Surround Sound ┐ Mixing
8. Seminar 2 ┐ composing for screen
9. Documentary Sound Track, special meeting
10. Music workshop / individual project development
11. Sound workshop / individual project development
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 3, Online Activities 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Other Study Hours 24, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 120 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Project 1 ┐ Film sound analysis, 2000 word essay with analysis graphs (40%)
Project 2 ┐ Sound Design for moving image part 2 (60%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
* ability to design sound for visual and fixed formats
* a well developed understanding the role of sound in synchronised media (film)
* a well developed understanding of technologies used in sound design for fixed media
* ability to articulate and discuss the functions of multiple audio components in media (e.g. music, sound effects, soundscape┐)
* ability to prepare sound for visual media
* to develop an appreciation for the value of analysis of the work of others for their own artistic and creative development
Reading List
Seminar texts include

Chion, M. (1999). The Voice in Cinema. New York: Columbia University Press.

Chion, M. (1994). Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. New York: Columbia University Press.

Kerins, M. (2010). Beyond Dolby (Stereo): Cinema in the Digital Sound Age. Indiana University Press.

Altman, R. (1992). Sound theory, sound practice. Routledge.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Thursday afternoon 2pm-4pm (occasional tutorials, 11am Wednesday mornings, to be advised).
Most lectures and tutorials will take place in the Graduate School Sound Lab, Reid School of Music, Alison House, 12 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9DF.

Students advance through a series of lectures, demonstrations, practical project work, exercises and critique in a group context. Full attendance and punctual arrival is expected of all students whether auditing the course or taking it for credit.
KeywordsFilm Sound Design, digital video, Foley Editing, Sound Design, ADR, web audio, internet audio, sound
Course organiserMr Martin Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 2333
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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