Major in Film Sound Design

Professor in Charge of Major

Professor Pietari Koskinen

Learning Outcomes

Master’s studies in the major in Film Sound Design train artists and professionals to work as sound designers and sound recordists in all areas of film production. The aim of master’s studies is to improve the student’s skills, especially in the area of sound design. The student gains a greater understanding and mastery of the artistic, production and technical content of his/her professional area by means of course modules and practice work that steadily increases in its level of difficulty. 

A sound designer and sound recordist gains a comprehensive knowledge of the practices, means of artistic expression, technical equipment and theoretical concepts in his/her own field. A key goal of the education is to further develop the student’s talents and personality, impart additional technical and artistic skills and basic knowledge of the field and its history, and develop management skills and a research work skills.

Essential skills to be learned are audiovisual dramaturgical and content thinking in cinematic expression, the ability to understand sound and space, management skills, communication and cooperation skills, sound design and managing the dramaturgical concept and technical realisation process for a feature-length film, a deeper knowledge of the traditions and modern trends in his/her field, and the ability to think critically and analytically.

After graduating from the master’s programme, a sound designer has a mastery of the overall artistic and technical process of sound design – from preliminary planning to the finished film. During the studies, the student becomes familiar with all phases of sound recording, sound work and sound design in a feature-length film and artistic and with production cooperation in film and television productions.

The goal of the education is to impart a capacity to pursue doctoral studies.

Education Content

Master’s studies in the major in Film Sound Design emphasise the student’s independent effort in forming his/her study path. The focus is on seminars and workshops investigating special features of film sound. The student learns to different theories of film and its sound design and participates in investigative workshops that often form larger course modules.

Students learn about sound designer and sound recordist work by means of increasingly demanding exercises. The education is mainly based on practical learning by doing, work in small groups, personal guidance and dialogue-based interaction. The aim of teaching is to support the student in developing his/her personal strengths and artistic vision.

The education may contain studies with students from other fields of art. Practice productions provide the opportunity to study sound design and recording practices and practice group work and management skills. Students are encouraged to take minor studies, particularly from teaching offered in the Film Editing and Documentary Film majors and from the courses offered by Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Advanced Studies in Film Sound Design

90

Students of the major complete 60 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses so that at least the minimum credit requirements of the study modules are fulfilled. There are also compulsory studies in the advanced studies of Film Sound Design.

Art, Theory and Research Studies

5–30

ELO-E4500

Case seminars 2

3–9

ELO-E1004

MA Seminar

3–6

ELO-E4504

Seminar Trip 2

3–9

ELO-E1500

Creator-centred Research and Creator Theory

2–4

ELO-E1501

Film Analysis and Essay Writing

4

ELO-E1001

Master Clinic

1–2

ELO-E1002

Advanced Information Retrieval

1

Advanced Studies in Film Sound Design

20–55

Students complete the following courses in at least their minimum extent:

ELO-E4503

Music Recording  2

3-9

ELO-E4505

Sound as a Storytelling Tool in Film 2

3

ELO-E4506

Sound Recording in the Field 2

3–6

ELO-E4507

Pro Tools Sound Editing 2

3

ELO-EXXX

Radio Play

4-6

In addition, students can choose the following courses for the study module:

ELO-E4508

Music as a Narrative Device in Film (in co-operation with Producing and Directing)

3

ELO-E4509

Sound and the Environment

3

ELO-E4510

Sound Design Methods

3–9

ELO-E4518

Creative Sound Processing

3–9

ELO-E4512

Book Exam 1

2–3

ELO-E4514

Acoustics

2–4

Advanced Special Courses

0–20

ELO-E4516

Course with Varying Content in Film Sound Recording and Sound Design

2–20 *

ELO-E4517

Advanced Workshop

1–6

Master’s Thesis

30

ELO.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

All master’s degrees at Aalto ARTS include 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can for example complete courses at Aalto University or other Finnish universities or participate in an international student exchange programme. The major in Film Sound Design also offers a selection of courses which students can freely include in their elective studies.

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

ELO-E1009

Working in External Productions (MA)

1–15 *

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

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