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Sound Recording and Design – Pathway for Digital Filmmaking

“I think it's generally misleading to say, 'Well, that sequence had eighty tracks, it must be great.' Ideally, for me, the perfect sound film has zero tracks. You try to get the audience to a point, somehow, where they can imagine the sound. They hear the sound in their minds, and it really isn't on the track at all. That's the ideal sound, the one that exists totally in the mind, because it's the most intimate.” - Walter Murch




The Sound Recording and Design pathway gives students an opportunity to engage with sound for the moving image from multiple perspectives – technically, practically and creatively. The need for sound to assert itself as a valid expressive tool to tell stories and not just be subservient to the visual will drive this pathway. Emphasis is placed on location sound recording, postproduction sound and sound design. The theoretical aspect of sound is embedded to the practice of sound recording and design through various exercises and real world projects based both in locations and the studio.


Exit Criteria


At the end of year 1 students will:

  • Acquire a holistic understanding of the larger filmic production process
  • Interpret the history of the moving image and sound
  • Apply various technical and creative elements of film practice at an introductory level across the domains of direction, cinematography, sound, editing, screenplay writing and production
  • Manage the roles and duties of a production crew in terms of co-ordination, delegation and task breakup


At the end of year 2 students will:

  • Understand sound as a narrative tool to tell a story
  • Apply the various interrelationships between sound and image to create meaning
  • Understand the relationship between effects, voice, music and silence
  • Choose appropriate sound recording tools and techniques to realize a sound design


At the end of year 3 students will:

  • Be proficient in the ideation, research, recording, processing and distribution of sound design solutions across different genres of media and delivery formats
  • Consolidate key production design tools and techniques through working in real world projects
  • Demonstrate capability to work independently on a wide range of complex film projects



Sound Recording - Employment Opportunities

After 1st year

Sound 3rd Assistant/ Recordist for Electronic News Gathering/Assist in the post production sound process under a chief sound editor

After 2nd year

Sound 2nd Assistant / Assistant Sound Recordist under a professional editor in a fiction project/ Recordist on independent non-fiction project/ short film/corporate films/ad films

After 3rd year

Sound 1st Assistant on Feature / Recordist for Independent Films/ Documentary/ Sound Designer and Recordist on independent Films/ Documentary