Courses & Units

Sound, Art and Media FCA304



If you’ve ever predicted the final scene of a dramatic narrative based on the soundtrack, put on your headphones for a better video game experience, entered a space and had your mood changed, or been transported by birdsong to a different place and time in a nature documentary, you will know how important the integration of sound with other creative elements is in conveying meaning and emotion to an audience.
In this unit you will be introduced to techniques to capture and use sound, using everyday technologies and readily accessible equipment (such as a smartphone and free audio software). You will make considered decisions about recording (including portable field recording and studio recording) and production of sound, and its integration with a variety of media. These practical experiences will assist you in critically analysing, interpreting, and responding with the use of sound across a range of media and platforms, from the commercial and mundane such as advertising and websites, to the conceptual and creative such as contemporary art installations and films. This unit will also introduce how journalism and scholarly texts describes and accounts for the impact of sound on listeners. You will consider sound in terms of affect and audience experience, and will be introduced to methodologies for documenting and evaluating audience responses. You will listen and discuss sound and consider your own response and how it compares to other. In a major project, you apply your critical and creative skills to understanding the why and the how of using sound.


Unit name Sound, Art and Media
Unit code FCA304
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music
Coordinator Mr Matthew Boden
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the interaction between sound and other elements in media content and/or creative works
  • Explain how conceptual frameworks for audience experiences inform the production of creative works that use sound
  • Evaluate the use of sound and integration with other elements in shaping the experiences and response of an audience.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100199 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus (Hobart) 

Fortnightly online content (1.5 hrs) 

Fortnightly on-campus practical (1.5 hrs) 

Weekly on-campus workshop (1.5) 

Plus self-directed learning 2-3 hrs per week  

AssessmentTask 1: Quick Cuts Edit (10%)|Final Project and Report (40%)|Task 3: (Review/Recording and) Presentation (30%)|Task 2: Contextual Presentation (20%)
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