MDS-10025 - Sound for Moving Image
Coordinator: Tim Canfer
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

To introduce techniques for pairing sound with visual media in practical situations. The module aims to engage students with sychronisation approaches where sound can be used to animate and emphasize moving image in believable and convincing ways. The module will provide students with hands-on experience with sound effects creation and application, and impart the basics of achieving perspective, depth and space through sound choices and shaping.

Intended Learning Outcomes

synchronise sound effects (SFX) to a range of visual media in effective and convincing ways: 2
acknowledge and implement the various layers of sound which collectively make up media clips, films and animations: 1,2
adopt key parameters such as volume, reverb, echo and filters to mark out spaces and depth perspective when working with sound in film: 2
consider a range of visual media and its construction of 'realism' or 'artifice', using sound as a primary variable in achieving these outcomes: 1,2
initiate an understanding of foley creation through practical projects (making and recording sound): 1,2

Study hours

24 hours of lectures, workshops and tutorials
16 hours of reflection and consolidation of lecture, workshop and individual supervision content and individual or group study work.
20 hours of listening/watching existing recommended visual media, reflection and implementation of technical aspects based on lecture content.
30 hours of practical work to carry out synchronisation tasks, familiarisation with software and adoption of relevant techniques (based on instructional material on virtual learning environment).
60 hours of preparation of the two assessments and supporting documentation.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 30%
Spotting Sheet
Students will create a sound effects and Foley spotting sheet (cue sheet) for the chosen assessment 2 video clip. This spotting / cue sheet will indicate, with timecodes corresponding to actions or cues in the visual media, what sound effects or Foley needs to be created and how they plan to create this (indicating possible sound sources, recording locations, recording equipment, audio manipulation techniques etc.). This is a planning exercise for assessment 2 and is to be completed before assessment 2. Timecodes will be taken from the video clip used for assessment 2. Timecodes can be generated in the DAW software or taken from a media player. (500 words)

2: Creative Brief weighted 70%
Foley project for moving image
Students will need to create a sound track (SFX based) for a given visual media. Foley work will be constructed by the students to achieve successful pairing of audio and visual parts. The finished project must consider aspects of space, ambience, movement, depth and perspective - all articulated through sound. The approach to bespoke foley design will be reported in an accompanying written text (max. 500 words).