Undergraduate Degree




DF3005 Audio Post Production for Film

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DF3008; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To deliver to students a practice-based introduction to audio post-production.


This studio course provides a study of the techniques and processes of recording sound (on location and in studio), the use of sound effects libraries, the live recording of sound effects (including foley tracks) and atmospheres, editing and cleaning production dialogue. The emphasis will be on mixing layered tracks in the creation of a coherent sound mix that is capable of creating and augmenting the emotional drive of a film. Students will learn how to assemble a pre-dub or temp mix, and to create a final dub and mix of broadcast quality for professional delivery. The course will also develop the students ability to collaborate with such members of the production team as the director, composer and music supervisor.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Recap of audio engineering facilities and the history and evolution of film sound. 

• Introduction to advanced Audio Post-Production processes 

- Media, audio file formats, video synchronisation formats etc. 

• Advanced studio recording techniques: 

- Microphones, cabling and patching techniques, live recordings etc. 

• Audio post-production practices 

• Taking direction from a director, and understanding the role of a spotting session in designing a soundscape that complements a visual narrative 

• Advanced synchronization of sound to film: 

- Working directly with sound synchronisation software

- Collaborating with film editors and off-line picture edits

• Directing foley-recording 

• Recording dialogue using automatic dialogue replacement 

• Recording and manipulating atmosphere tracks

• How to present, place and edit both temporary and sourced music tracks and to work with composers and musicians, to create a soundscape


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Advanced mixing 

- Analogue and digital mixers, different routing systems

• Sound enhancement and filtering to create sound effect types 

• Creating pre-dubs or pre-mixes 

• Understanding a range of presentation formats, including mixing for mono, stereo and surround systems

• Creating a final mix / dub - final delivery formats, including broadcast standards, and foreign distribution deliverables.


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will be familiar with the tools, process and principles of audio post production. The students will be aware of sound in a film as something that can be added, subtracted, augmented and generated in the service of the larger aesthetic needs of the film.

Student Assessment

    • Final Assessment: 40%

    • Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Hilary Wyatt, Tim Amyes, Audio Post Production for Television and Film: An introduction to technology and techniques, Focal Press

  2. Dale Angell, Pro Tools for Film & Video, Focal Press