Sound Design


Documentary Film Studies, Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho n.º 13021/2015

5 ECTS; 3º Ano, 1º Semestre, 30,0 PL + 30,0 TP + 3,0 OT


Completion of the module "Sound" (2nd Semester, 2nd Year). Basics of Audiovisual Language. Motivation, interest and commitment.

The students should understand the impact sound has on an audience. By practising sound and tonal processing procedures students will learn how to create an effective soundtrack for a film.

1.Theories and concepts of Sound Design.
2.The impact of sound properties on the audience: physical, emotional, intellectual and moral.
3.Sound equivalency charts; standards and clichés.
4.Methods and tasks of Sound Designer.
5.Creative sound editing and processing; modus operandis.
6.Introduction to sound synthesis.

Evaluation Methodology
Continuous assessment with specific weights for each of the following: practical exercises; written test; attendance, motivation and participation.
Minimum pass mark is 10 (out of a 0/20 scale)

- SONNENSCHEIN, D. (2001). Sound Design. Califórnia: Michael Wise Productions
- HOLMAN, T. (2010). Sound for Film and Television. : Focal Press

Method of interaction
A. Expository and demonstrative lectures and tutorials promoting self-directed learning.
B. Individual exercises involving the production and creation of sound systems for movies.
C. Watching segments of films.

Software used in class
ProTools 8 - 10