VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production (8)

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of audio production from initial studio and field recording to final delivery as a means of story telling.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA106. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of story telling;
  • be able to demonstrate the use of sound design to create a narrative;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of software in the manipulation of sound;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of recording techniques;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the use of sound in accompanying image; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the quality needed for sound production for various media.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is sound?
  • Principles of sound
  • Microphones and Recording techniques
  • Editing sound
  • Editing sound in relation to picture
  • Manipulating sound to acheive various desired results to suit specific image genres
  • Understanding the software and hardware used in sound production
  • Mixing
  • Changing sound with effects
  • Appreciation of the quality of sound design

Special Resources

VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production teaches students the foundations of sound production. To satisfactorily complete the subject students require access to microphones and multitrack audio software that are commonly used in industry. Distance students will need to contact the subject coordinator for specific details of equipment requirements.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.