ACF215 - The Art and Design of Sound

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:ACA203
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Colin Perry

Students must pass 2 level 1 units from courses A343, A344, A345, A351, A356, A357, A359 or A352

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


The unit aims to develop students' conceptual, technical and design skills in professional sound design and production for dance, drama, animation, film, television, and art installations.

Students will work toward the creation of a major sound production. In preparing and developing the project, the following topics will be covered: theories of sound design, recording and production, studio recording processes and post-production workflows, preparation and presentation of sound for media and performance, microphone choices and techniques, digital editing and mixing, signal processing, acoustics and psychoacoustics.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Evaluate and discuss historical, theoretical and technical aspects of sound art and design

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse scripts and plays to propose how sound can contribute and support its goals and purposes

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Select and justify appropriate techniques and technologies to produce and present sound for theatre, animation film, television, or installations

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Design and create sound for theatre, screen, or art installations by undertaking location and studio recording, editing and mixing of soundtracks

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Case Study 1200 words 30% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual or Group) - Concept Pitch 3-5 minute audio-visual presentation 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Sound Design Project   50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF215
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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