Short programme in Sound for Cinematography

Experience the approach to recording high-quality audio.

This course covers the fundamental elements of acquiring, designing, and editing sound for film and video. Students learn the basics of audio recording, sound editing, and multi-track sound design for the moving image. Topics covered include microphone setup for field and studio recording and an overview of working with a digital audio workstation
The short course provides students with a clear understanding of how sound works, how it is recorded and how professional quality audio is recorded. The course also covers the technical terms used in audio recording, provides an understanding of the specificity of audio propagation, and discusses the common problems associated with sound propagation and solutions to solve the common problems. Participants also learn to perform automated dialogue replacement (ADR) using a Non-Linear Editor.

Career Prospects

  • Successful candidates will be able to work in the field of audiovisual production as sound assistant, audio technician and boom operators.


Understand and use appropriate technical terms present in the field of audio recording and sound editing.
Demonstrate skills to set up microphone properly and to capture recording for different media.
Understand, use and recommend the use of supportive gears to acquire sound as required.
Show an understanding of the specificity of audio propagation, understand common problem associated
with sound propagation and demonstrate ability to propose solution to solve common problems.
Demonstrate skills to record, edit and mix sound tracks to film / video using multi-tracking audio hardware.
Understand and propose appropriate audio export file formats.


  • The course is open to applicants who have studied up to the School Certificate (S.C) or the General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) ‘O’ Level or IGCSE.
  • Participants will need to be computer literate and do have access to a camera capable of recording at a resolution of Full HD with a minimum frame rate of 24 fps. Mobile phone and Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras are acceptable as devices. Participants will also need to have access to an appropriate computing device capable of running the recent versions of Adobe Creative Suite. Leaners will also require a headset of an external microphone for automated dialogue replacements.
  • For applicants under the National Skills Development Programme (NSDP), applicants should meet the eligibility criteria as set by the NSDP.


9 Lessons

Short Course Content

Understanding the pre-production, production and post-production workflow
Introduction to Non-linear Editing (NLE)
Audio fundamentals
Acquiring sound
Microphone directionality, types of microphones and microphone setup
Automated Dialogue Replacement on NLE
Studio acoustics
Digital Audio Editing
Introduction to Sound Design and Digital Audio Workstation