BFA 2: Fundamentals of Sound 2 Welcome to the Fundamentals of Sound 2 course page

The Fundamentals of Sound 2 course is taught in Semester B to teach students basic skills in the process of Sound Design to support them when working as crew on APA productions. The course is taught in the EDT Bethanie Annex campus and is taught on Monday mornings.

Fundamentals of Sound 2 course information
TITLE : Fundamentals of Sound 2
COURSE CODE : TEDTB2004
PROGRAMME & YEAR : BFA in TEA Year 2
MODE OF DELIVERY : Mixed
DURATION : 1 semester
CREDITS : 2
CREDIT ALLOCATION TYPE (CAT) : 3
CONTACT HOURS (A) (Class time) : 28 (2 hours per week)
STUDENT WORK HOURS (B) (Homework) : 56 (4 hours per week)
EXPECTED STUDY LOAD HOURS (A) + (B) : 84 (12 hours per week)
REQUISITES : TEDTB2003 Fundamentals of Sound 1
QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK LEVEL : 3
Course Description

This course provides the student with fundamental knowledge and skills in the area of theatrical sound design. It introduces the role of sound design within a live performance context and the fundamental skills to create and prepare sound cues for live performances. It also introduces collaborative practices and approaches required of the sound designer as a member of a theatrical creative team.

Students will have an understanding of the fundamentals of theatrical sound design.

Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of sound design theories and an understanding of the application of those theories, contexts and frameworks;
2 Demonstrate basic knowledge and comprehension of the role and uses of sound design in a theatrical context;
3 Demonstrate basic knowledge and comprehension of the practical requirements of the theatrical sound designer and the preparation of material for live performances;
4 Effectively collaborate with fellow designers in a theatrical creative team;
5 Communicate effectively and in an appropriate manner ensuring the giving and receiving of precise information.
Intro to EDT: Course Timetable
Week Date Morning Class (09:00 to 13:00) Teacher Venue Afternoon Class (14:00 to 18:00) Teacher Venue
Week 1 20th Jan. Fund. of Sound 1: Sound as part of the theatrical production Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 1 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 2 27th Jan. Fund. of Sound 2: Practical sound effects Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 2 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 3 17th Feb. Fund. of Sound 3: Assignment 1 Presentations Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of ST 1 German T.B.C. Bethanie ST Lab
Week 4 24th March. EDT Case Studies: LX Topics 1 T.B.C. Psyche Bethanie SLX Lab Fund. of ST 2 German Bethanie ST Lab
Week 5 3rd March. Fund. of LX 3 Leo Bethanie LX Lab Fund. of ST 3 German Bethanie ST Lab
Week 6 10th March No Class after Open Day No Class after Open Day
Week 7 17th March EDT Case Studies: SD Topics 1 Sound Effect Analysis and Recreation Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of ST 4 German Bethanie ST Lab
Week 8 24th March EDT Case Studies: 4D Movie brief German, Psyche & Chris Bethanie ST Lab Fund. of ST 5 German Bethanie ST Lab
Week 9 31st March. Fund. of Sound 4: Basic sound design practice Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of ST 6 German T.B.C. Bethanie ST Lab
Week 10 7th April. Fund. of Sound 5: Designing in collaboration Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 4 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 11 14th April Fund. of Sound 6: Assignment 2 Presentation Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 5 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 12 28th April Production Week 1
Week 13 5th May Production Week 2
Week 14 12th May Fund. of Sound 7: Assignment 3 Presentation KMK Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 6 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 15 19th May Fund. of LX 7 Leo Bethanie LX Lab EDT Case Studies 2: 4D Movie Prep German, Psyche & Chris WanChai T461
Week 16 26th May EDT Case Studies 2: 4D Movie Presentation German, Psyche & Chris WanChai T461 EDT Case Studies 2: 4D Movie Presentation German, Psyche & Chris WanChai T461

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Class 1: Sound as part of the theatrical production

This class will focus on the role of sound as part of the theatrical production process:

  • The role of sound in the production
  • The use of sound in the production
  • Definitions of sound

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • An awareness and understanding of the role of sound in a theatrical production
  • An awareness and understanding of the uses of sound in a theatrical production
  • Knowledge of the definitions of sound

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Class 2: Practical sound effects

This class will focus on the uses and applications of practical sound effects:

  • Traditional and historic theatrical sound techniques
  • Foley and practical creation of sound effects
  • Using live sound effects in a theatrical production

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of theory and operation of traditional and historic theatrical sound techniques
  • Knowledge & experience of foley techniques and practical creation of sound effects
  • Knowledge & experience of basic usage techniques for various effects processors
  • Experience of using live sound effects in a theatrical production

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Class 3: Assignment 1 Presentations

This class will be for student presentations of assignment 1: Practical Sound Effects

Assignment 1

Self Assessment

Class 4: Basic sound design practice

This class will focus on the process of developing basic sound design practice:

  • Simple underscoring
  • Creating atmospheres
  • Spot effects
  • Preparing audio material for use on stage
  • Basic sound designer’s paperwork

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • An awareness and understanding of the components and uses of a sound design for a theatrical production
  • An awareness and understanding of the design of different components of the sound design required to communicate the message to the audience
  • An awareness and understanding positioning sound within the performance space
  • An awareness and understanding of the paperwork required by the sound designer

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Class 5: Designing in collaboration

This class will focus on the process of developing awareness and skills in designing in collaboration:

  • The sound designer in the creative team
  • Collaboration with directors and designers
  • Collaborative and unified design

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of different microphone types, their construction and operation
  • Experience of setting mixer levels for a vocal microphone
  • Knowledge & Experience of basic microphone technique for voice recording
  • Basic critical listening skills to assess the quality of a voice recording

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Class 6: Assignment 2 Presentations

This class will be for student presentations of assignment 2: Theatrical Sound Design Project

Assignment 2

Self Assessment

Class 7: Assignment 3 Presentations

This class will be for student presentations of assignment 3: Collaborative Design

Assignment 3

Self Assessment

Course Assessment

Assessment for any course is a measure of how well a student has learnt and understood the learning outcomes of the course. There are three assignments for the Fundamentals of Sound 1 course. The assignment briefs can be downloaded from the links below.

Fundamentals of Sound 2: Course Assessment
Assignment Presentation or Submission Date Description Weighting Assignment Brief
1: Practical Sound Effects 17th Feb. Requires the student to work with a small group of classmates to create and perform a sound design for a theatrical scene using only live, practical and foley effects and/or live instruments, no pre-recorded sounds or music. 20%

Assignment 1

2: Theatrical Sound Design Project 14th April Requires the student to create and perform a sound design that accompanies a short dramatic scene, including underscoring, atmosphere and spot effect content. 25%

Assignment 2

3: Collaborative Design 12th May This final assignment is designed to test the students practical knowledge acquired over this course and their ability to collaborate within a creative team. It requires the student to work with a lighting design student to create a coherent and effective sound design for a short dramatic scene that works effectively with the lighting design. 35%

Assignment 3

Self Assessment

Syllabus

The course syllabus can be downloaded from the link below.

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