Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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.


After the course the student can recognize and utilize in a scenographic design process various acoustic phenomena. The student can recognize various ways acoustic sound is generated and can apply this knowledge in developing e.g. playable/musical scenography or special props. The student can pay attention, prevent and solve some of the most typical unwanted noises and acoustic problems related to sets, performing spaces and theatre technology.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 19.03.2021

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

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Liisa 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: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    During the course the students get familiar with:

    - The basics of acoustics

    - Acoustics as a dramaturgical phenomenon.

    - Ways of affecting acoustics.

    - How sets affect acoustics.

    - Sound phenomena related to sets and theatre technology and ways of controlling them.

    - The sonic possibilities of various materials and structures (e.g. various membranes, strings, bodies, chambers, resonators and other parts associated with musical instruments and controlling acoustics.

    - What kind of dramaturgical whole is composed of the sets and sounds of a performance and how the designers can approach this in their work.

    A central part of the course is practical research lab/workshop of sonic phenomena. The idea is to deepen the student's intuitive understanding of mechanisms creating acoustic sound and to discover interesting dramaturgical potential of e.g. playable sets, using analog and digital signals to create and manipulate acoustic sound and various psycho acoustic phenomena.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment is based on active participation, students development, creative outcome of individual and group work.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, discussions, workshop work, practical research, excursions and learning diary.

    Lectures and guided work n. 70 h,  independent work 45 h, Feedback and discussions 20 h 





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