Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
MUS 84BADVANCED SOUND DESIGN FOR GAMESSummer 2014
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 84 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab: 2
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 11/26/12; 10/22/13

1. Description -
Designing and implementing sound effects for games and interactive media. Recording custom sound effects and working with commercial sound effects libraries. Advanced techniques for designing hard effects, foley sounds, and ambient backgrounds. Industry-standard workflows for sound effects implementation with audio middleware solutions. Hands-on experience with professional examples of game audio sound design on desktop, console, and mobile platforms.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Understand professional game audio workflows.
  2. Create complex, multi-layered sound effects.
  3. Design sophisticated sound effects playback systems using audio middleware.

3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. Classroom with appropriate number of digital audio workstations and appropriate software.
    2. Computers running appropriate operating system.
    3. Projection system for video and multimedia content.
    4. Loudspeaker system to accurately reproduce audio examples.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.
    4. Digital audio workstation with appropriate software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study and analysis of game audio sound design techniques and middleware audio implementation workflow.
    1. Understanding game audio workflows. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    2. Assessing game audio requirements. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    3. Acquiring sound assets using studio and field recording. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    4. Processing game audio with plug-ins. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    5. Applying appropriate limiting and dither algorithms for resolution optimization. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    6. Exporting digital audio file formats. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    7. Implementing finished sound elements using audio middleware. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    8. Playtesting game levels to assess effectiveness of sound effects implementation. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written assignments that analyze sound design techniques.
  2. Tests on designing, processing, mixing, mastering, and implementing sound effects as presented in the course materials.
  3. Multiple projects delivering completed sound design elements demonstrating understanding of class material and assignments.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Schütze, Stephan. FMOD Studio 101. Victoria, Australia: Sound Librarian Pty. Ltd., 2013.

8. Disciplines -
Music
Commercial Music
 
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of the techniques for designing sound effects for games.
  2. In-class viewing of historically significant video games followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
  3. Presentations of major sound design projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. Demonstration of techniques for interactive implementation using audio middleware.
 
10. Lab Content -
Lab content includes topics such as recording techniques, sound design techniques, plug-in processing, mixing and mastering, printing audio to stems, exporting file types, and implementation with audio middleware. Other topics may include subjects such as field recorder, sound library selection, and advanced asset management.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Written critiques and analysis of sound design projects film, televsion, video games and interactive media.
  2. Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted sound design projects.
  3. Hands-on exercises and guided tutorials to practice sound design and implementation concepts and techniques.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Music Technology.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-09-02 07:55:18


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines