Theatre 300

THEA 300: Sound Design for the Arts

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Instruction in the art of sound recording, editing, storage and processing. Study of sound design for the arts with special emphasis on dance, film radio, television, music and theatre.

Detailed Description of Course

This course provides students with an overview of sound design for the arts. Lecture will emphasize the nature of sound, how it is recorded, processed, stored and reproduced in a variety of acoustic and electronic environments in support of visual and performing arts, as well as an art form in and of itself.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Instruction in the fundamentals of:
    1. Sound
    2. Sound recording
    3. Sound editing
    4. Sound storage
    5. Sound and signal processing

With special emphasis on sound use and manipulation in:
    1. Dance
    2. Film
    3. Music
    4. Radio
    5. Television
    6. Theatre

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. For students to demonstrate the ability to listen critically.
2. For students to demonstrate the ability to use the basic vocabulary of sound design.
3. For students to have knowledge of and demonstrate a proficiency in skills basic to sound design which include: interconnecting equipment, recording, editing, mixing, and reproducing sound.
4. For students to demonstrate their ability to create a variety of sound effects.
5. For students to demonstrate a good understanding of how to synchronize sound to visual media.
6. For students to demonstrate an understanding of the role the sound designer plays in a variety of productions.
7. For students to demonstrate an understanding of the business of sound design.
8. For students to demonstrate the ability to make reasoned aesthetic judgments about sound.

Assessment Measures

Students are assessed through written examinations, classroom participation and presentations as well as critical evaluation of their sound productions.

Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2005

2/2009            Review        Carl Lefko

3/2010            Review        Carl Lefko

July 2010