Module code: FVP2001

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding and awareness of aspects of professional audio engineering as well as introducing practical film and TV sound techniques.

This module explores sound for film and high end TV, from recording production sound, through the post production process and to final delivery. It is intended as a detailed insight into high quality sound for film. Aspects of sound design, techniques of dialogue editing, meaning in music, and decoding the jargon within delivery schedules are discussed. This will help those interested in a career in film sound, or just to make the sound on your own films better. It will help in future careers understand the processes of film sound and enable you to interact with sound teams more effectively.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH Alan (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 2

Independent Learning Hours: 80

Lecture Hours: 24

Seminar Hours: 20

Guided Learning: 2

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Detailed look at the audio equipment available in the department

  • Sound recording on film location and ADR

  • Foley recording

  • Film post-production processes

  • Tapeless delivery in TV – sound requirements

  • Sound for picture mixing and deliverable requirements

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DIALOGUE EDIT 20
Coursework FINAL MIX 30
Examination EXAM (1.5 Hours) 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of problems associated with dialogue, plus knowledge of the topics covered in the modules.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework – Three assignments - Dialogue Edit. Effects and Foley edit and Mix (addresses learning outcomes 2-7).

  • Exam – (addresses learning outcomes 1-4).

Formative assessment

Formative feedback will be given to individual students in the form of regular revision questions in lectures and seminars, and in workshop sessions.


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and oral feedback through lectures and workshops.

Module aims

  • Continue to develop understanding of professional audio systems
  • Develop technical and operational abilities in professional audio systems
  • Introduce the processes and tasks involved in the mixing of film and TV sound
  • Introduce the processes and tasks involved in the recording and post production of sound for picture
  • Give some practical experience in the recording and post production of sound for picture
  • Introduce stereo microphone techniques

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the process of recording sound on film location, and the subsequent processes involved in adding sound to picture KC
002 Assess the EQ and other processing necessary to match ADR to the original location sound on a film recording KCP
003 Plan and execute the recording of Foley FX to a film sound track, paying attention to all the artistic and technical attributes of the sounds needed to make them believable KCP
005 Leadership skills PT
006 Time management T
007 Problem solving T
004 Plan and execute the mixing of a film sound track and deliver specified audio deliverables. KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop knowledge and awareness of sound in TV.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures.

  • Workshops and seminars

  • Guided reading

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Digital capabilities: the module explores sound for film, which inherently uses digital technology throughout. Capturing the sound into the digital domain effectively, and then editing and delivering using digital formats As part of the coursework assignments, you will also develop skills in editing, routing and mixing in Avid Pro Tools, which is the industry standard editing system in this field.

Employability: the knowledge and skills developed within this module are the fundamentals of a successful career in the audio for screen industry. The lectures and workshops cover the entire process from recording on set, editing, music and final delivery schedules to professional standards. The coursework uses Avid Pro Tools which is the current industry standard software for this work. Visiting lecturers who are industry experts compliment the teaching.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: The coursework includes some difficult technical and artistic challenges, designed to increase resourcefulness in finding appropriate solutions.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film Production and Broadcast Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.