Postproduction Sound for Moving Image - CMAT5150

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Richard Lightman checkmark-circle


The module introduces students to the field of media sound in both theory and practice. The focus will be on sound production techniques, including postproduction crafts such as Foley (sound effects), ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) and sound design (special audio effects). Students also study film-sound theory and the history of film sound gaining insight into critical approaches to the analysis of sound and sound design for moving image and its impact of view engagement.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 22
Independent study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

Film Sound Project (3 minutes) - 50% and Commentary (300 words) - 10%
Critical Theory Essay (1200 words) - 40%

Reassessment methods
- Like for like.

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Chion, M. (1994). Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. New York: Columbia University Press.
Chion, M. (1999). The Voice in Cinema. New York: Columbia University Press.
Davison, A. (2003). Hollywood Theory, Non-Hollywood Practice: Cinema Soundtracks in the 1980s and 1990s. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Holman, T. (2010). Sound for Film and Television (3rd ed.) Oxford: Focal.
Karlin, F. (2004). On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring. London: Routledge.
Wyatt, H. (2005). Audio Post Production for Television and Film: An Introduction to Technology and Techniques (3rd ed.) Oxford: Focal.
Yewdall, D. L. (2012). The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 4th Edition, London: Focal Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. describe and analyse the differing formal conventions surrounding the use of sound with other media;
2. combine sound and moving image to produce a finished audio/visual product;
3. record, manipulate and balance the differing sound elements of video/film using current industry software;
4. review and critically apply key scholarly ideas in the field of film sound to their own work.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate IT skills including and the use of complex applications;
2. demonstrate ability and confidence in carrying a project through to delivery with demonstration of flexibility of thought;
3. deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline;
4. assimilate different theoretical and aesthetic systems of thought and to relate theory to practice within a filmic and moving image context;
5. demonstrate relevant skills in associated technologies and use of electronic sources and resources.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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