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Audio Production and Postproduction Workflows - TFT00102M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Richard Keogan
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module enables you to gain a rich understanding of audio technologies and methods utilised in audio production and postproduction workflow for film and television projects.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

Module aims:

  • To introduce you to the audio production and postproduction workflows involved in film and television productions. The module will take you on a journey to discover the different processes involved in the creation of a soundtrack for film and television, including introducing them to aspects of location sound, studio recordings such as ADR and Foley, sound editing, pre-mixing and mixing.
  • To develop and encourage professional production values through technical expertise and reflective learning.
  • To emphasise the importance of creative and technical collaboration for the effective
    management of the creative production process in terms of use of time, working with other personnel and problem solving.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module you are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of audio production and postproduction processes and how these can be applied to the creation of professionally produced media programmes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying technical and aesthetic attributes of sound source materials together with an ability to critically analyse those materials for technical processing and creative application.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) based recording studio environment.
  • Support your creative output with comprehensive and reasoned technical documentation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the recording chain from capture, editing, processing and mixing through to production of the final product.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use the advanced features of a typical software based Digital Audio Workstation and Creative Signal Processing environment for recording, processing and audio production work.
  • Demonstrate an ability to project manage, organising all required elements in a systematic way and managing time effectively to complete the project to schedule.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on the production and postproduction process including discussion of both aesthetic and technical aspects of project creation.

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Presentation : Technical report and reflective discussion about the Production Project
N/A 50
Sound creation project
N/A 50

Special assessment rules


Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Creative report
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Ament, V. (2009). The Foley Grail: The Art of Performing Sound for Film, Games, and Animation. Amsterdam, Focal Press/Elsevier.

Massy, S. (2016). Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques. Hal Leonard Books.

Sonnenschein, D. (2001). Sound Design: The expressive power of music, voice, and sound effects in cinema. Michael Wiese Productions.

Viers, R. (2008). The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions.

Please note that this is just a brief indication of what texts you will be encouraged to engage with. More texts will be provided throughout the module to cover different topics.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University constantly explores ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. In some instances it may be appropriate for the University to notify and consult with affected students about module changes in accordance with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.