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This evening-based course explores a wide range of topics relating to sound for film and TV. From foley to dialogue editing, location sound, loudness standards and sound design, our Sound for Visual Media course will provide you with the skills necessary to embark on a career in audio post production.
Designed for multi-disciplined sound producers looking to expand their knowledge of audio and its relationship to a range of different media, you’ll create work for film, TV and various other streaming services. Lectures include practical hands-on examples of real world projects for you to practice with.
Working in 5.1 and 7.1 formats, you’ll develop the skills necessary to be able to competently work with surround sound and create enveloping audio mixes to professional standards. You’ll learn in one of our most advanced and purpose-built sound studios which is based around the Avid S6 control surface and Pro Tools Ultimate software.
You'll be able to book free studio time in a number of our facilities including the Audient 1 foley suite, ICON 5.1 surround sound suite and the excellent Avid S6 facility with 7.1 surround sound. Working with Pro Tools Ultimate software, you'll be using a hardware and software combination widely used in the post production industry.
With course content dedicated to sound design, foley, ADR, surround sound, noise reduction and technical standards for cinema, TV and streaming, you'll gain a broad range of skills directly applicable to what's actually happening in the industry of today. Add to this the Pro Tools specific training taught by an Avid certified expert instructor and you'll leave an expert in your field.
With technology advancing so quickly, we ensure the course content mirrors the industry. Taking account of developments in both hardware and software, learning materials are continually revised to include the latest information on broadcast, streaming and cinema standards, along with details of the newest post production relevant plug-ins and software.
Not only are lessons taught by world-class professionals, you'll benefit from weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions where you can ask questions or get support on your current projects.
The course module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course to study.
Providing you with a solid foundation in the basics of how sound works, this module will give you a key understanding of not only how sound propagates through different mediums but also of topics such as microphones, acoustics and reverberation. With practical examples used throughout, you will learn how to capture the best possible source material when making recordings both in and out of the studio.
One of the most critical aspects of any audio post production mix is being able to understand and work to a specific set of technical standards. This module goes into detail about all of the current loudness specifications for TV broadcast, online streaming and cinema. Using industry standard software, you will gain an in depth understanding of how to use loudness metering to ensure that your mixes are on spec every time.
Whether it’s the sound of a space ship landing, two dinosaurs doing battle or just a believable ambience of a neighbourhood, the right sound effects are crucial to the narrative of any visual media. In the sound design module you will learn how to create, layer and manipulate sound effects to bring stories to life in a way which draws the viewer in and helps to create a much more engaging experience.
All modern movies and the majority of online streaming content is now created in surround sound. Utilising industry standard Pro Tools software and the Avid S6 control surface, you will be shown how to craft a mix in 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. Using the calibrated mixing facilities at Spirit Studios, you’ll get the hands on experience required to be able to competently take on film mix projects for delivery in up to 7.1 surround.
Much of the dialogue you hear in a feature film is replaced in post, either because of excessive noise on the original recordings or because of issues with the performance. In this module you will learn how to use a variety of industry standard software tools to reduce noise in dialogue recordings and also to loop record and replace location dialogue with new recordings in perfect sync with the picture. As with all of the modules, practice projects will be provided for you to work with along the way.
Creating sound effects from scratch, in sync with picture is both a skill and an art. In this module you’ll learn, through tutor demonstration and practical hands-on experience, how to make believable sounding foley effects. From footsteps to cloth movement to almost anything an actor on screen might move or interact with in a scene, you will be shown how to go about crafting foley sounds which compliment the on-screen action and blend with the location recordings.
Teaching takes place in a variety of formats including lectures, workshops, demonstrations, peer reviews and one-to-one tutorial support. Our aim throughout is to encourage your creative exploration and hone your technical skills, all so you’ll leave us as a confident, independent professional.
Paul Maunder is a sound engineer who primarily works in making audio for visual media such as corporate videos and TV programmes.
To begin your studies at this level, you will need a basic understanding of digital audio workstations. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, have good spoken/written English and basic IT skills.
If paid in full, you will receive a 10% discount on the total cost of the course.
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