Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student learns to observe the sonic dimension of both actual and virtual environments and draw conclusions according to what s/he hears. The student learns the basics of MIDI standard both in theory and practice. The student has general understanding of sound design in the context of new media. On more general level the aim of the course is to enhance awarness of sounds and to provide tools for analyzing them, plus to encourage the students to be more demanding in their work when dealing with sound design in new media.

Credits: 1

Schedule: 11.09.2018 - 28.09.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Antti Ikonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Antti Ikonen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course provides a general understanding of sound design in the context of new media. The topics handled within the course are Our sonic environment, Designing sounds, The dimensions of music, Introduction to MIDI, Narration with sound, Non-linearity in sound, Game audio, Sonic branding and Sound art. In addition to these, students may bring up other topics through their own short presentations prepared and held during the course.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures with discussion and sound material; small exercises done during the sessions plus some assignments to be completed before the last session. Individual/ small group introduction to audio software on request.

    PLEASE NOTE: In order to get full credit points, two preliminary assignments need to be completed before or during the course. The first assignment is a one minute long unedited and unprocessed field recording. The recording can be done with any equipment, either from one spot or while moving around, but the only allowed editing is to cut the recording from the beginning and/or end (i.e. not in the middle!) to match the given length (60 seconds).

    The second assignment is a one minute long abstract composition made with synthetic, non-recorded sounds, e.g. with a MIDI sequencer or a programming environment like e.g. PureData.

    Any questions related to the assignment should be addressed to the teacher via email.

    In order to pass the course one must complete the course assignments and shouldn t miss more than 20% of the sessions. Since all lectures are having a different topic, it is highly recommended to be present in all of them. The credit points are given as follows

    1. Participating 80% of the sessions = 1 ECTS

    2. Participating in 80% of the sessions + completing the course assignments gives 4 ECTS in total The grading is based on submitting the course assignments in time and the artistic and academic quality of the assignments.  

Workload
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In order to pass the course one must complete the course assignments and shouldn t miss more than 20% of the sessions. Since all lectures are having a different topic, it is highly recommended to be present in all of them. The credit points are given as follows

    1. Participating 80% of the sessions = 1 ECTS

    2. Participating in 80% of the sessions + completing the course assignments gives 4 ECTS in total The grading is based on submitting the course assignments in time and the artistic and academic quality of the assignments.  

    36h teaching.

DETAILS

Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A summary of the contents of the lectures plus a wide selection of related online readings is given to the students after each lecture.