Music BMus

Sonic Arts: Sound for Narrative Film MUSIC4087

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course explores relationships between sound and moving image in the context of narrative film. It covers the recording and editing of Foley and sound effects and the development of bespoke sound design, alongside the historical, theoretical and aesthetic context of the use of sound within narrative film.


10x 1hr seminars; 6x 1hr lectures and 4x 1hr tutorials over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This one of the Honours options in Music which may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

Sonic Arts: Sound and Image (MUSIC4054)

Sonic Arts: Sound and Image (MUSIC4055)


Portfolio - 100% comprising: 

Sound work for narrative film - 80%

Critical commentary (1000 words) - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ develop students' understanding of the use of sound in narrative film

■ develop students' skills in using technology to record and edit post production audio

■ engage students in applying critical and analytical thinking to sound image relationships in the context of narrative film

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ undertake technically proficient creation and manipulation of sonic material in response to moving image

■ use computer based tools for both recording and designing their own sound effects

■ apply their knowledge and skills creatively and analytically to produce effective post-production audio materials

■ use creative processes to investigate relationships between technology, sound and image in the context of narrative

■ apply creative and technical thinking appropriate at Honours level

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.