Sound Cultures

Module code: 4RDPR003W
Faculty: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design 
Credit Level: 4
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module introduces you to some of the conceptual theories relevant to sound and audio. It will give you an overview of the changing place of sound in everyday life, the histories of sound recording, and the key concepts of sound studies theories, before enabling you to explore the aesthetic qualities of sound, and gain an understanding of listening cultures and sound appreciation. Other topics covered in more depth include the creative use of sound in various areas of the media (such as film, television, radio, apps and games), researching potential contributors for recording, and defining aural cultures for the 21st century.

By the time you complete the module you will be able to identify the ways in which the place of sound – and listening – in everyday life and culture has changed historically in various parts of the world, and how sound has interacted with various media over time. You will be able to identify conceptual theories of sound studies, apply concepts of sound studies to critique audio, and understand the role of sound in visual media and its significance in multimedia production.

Teaching and learning methods include whole class lectures, seminars, and small group exercises; assessment is based around an oral presentation (including a piece of audio) and a 2,000-word essay.