Sound Design for Visual Media
Discover professional-level sound design techniques in a demanding production environment that closely echoes the industry.
You notice the fine details of audio design and the massive impact they have on films, TV series, and video games. You love the creative freedom of sound and its power to make or break a project. You have great instincts and want to take your knowledge and techniques to the next level. You are a sound designer.
Develop your sound design fundamentals, including recording and synthesizing sounds. Discover the current industry practices in audio, and familiarize yourself with the main audio tool of the industry, Pro Tools.
Implement concepts, theory, and tools from the previous term in projects that involve editing background audio, foley, dialogue, and sound effects. Discover the foundations of game audio.
Explore more complex techniques and concepts in post-production audio and game audio. Put your growing knowledge to practice on film sets by acting as a production mixer and boom operator.Gain an in-depth understanding of MAXMSP.
Expand your post-production skills through sound editing and mixing, while taking frame rates and their practical implications into consideration. Enhance your game audio techniques using Wwise software.
Practice large-scale mixing in a 5.1 re-recording theatre with an Avid ICON D-Control ES console. Become more self-directed as you delve deeper into sound for film and game audio.
Apply your entire arsenal of skills towards the completion of your two final projects (Post-Production and Game Audio). Present your work to an industry panel for feedback that will help direct your path after graduation.
Our Sound Design instructors come right from the industry, and offer an unparalleled education based on decades of real-world experience, designed to give students the skills, contacts and confidence to kick start their careers.
Located in downtown Vancouver, the Sound Design for Visual Media campus offers students all the industry-leading tools, learning resources, and production space for developing professional-level portfolios. The close proximity to other VFS campuses – such as Film Production and Game Design – helps foster the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration. This area is also home to some of the world's leading video game developers and film and TV productions.
As a graduate of Sound Design for Visual Media at VFS, you’ll be trained to perform in a variety of roles within professional film sets, post-production studios, and game developers.
Sound professionals in this field typically start out as assistants and, with the right ambition and hands-on experience, grow into roles such as ADR Recordist, Foley Recordist, and Sound Effects Recordist.
This field calls upon your skills and experience with industry standard software, such as Pro Tools. Career paths in this area include Sound Effects Editing, Dialogue Editing, Background Editing, and Foley editing.
Mixing is a technical audio skill required across all sectors of the industry, whether you're working with dialogue, Foley, or sound effects. Once you establish yourself in an assistant position, you'll be able to work towards opportunities in film, television, and games.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the audio production and sound design industries. Take a moment to browse some of their accomplishments and achievements. The Alumni Success Stories feature tales of triumph and fame, and will open in another window to take you to the VFS Blog page. Grad Career Highlights offers a glimpse at some of our amazing alumni credits and contributions to the industry.
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Courses start every four months.
You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.
Write us a letter demonstrating why you wish to take the Sound Design program (maximum 500 words). You'll find information on how to submit requirements in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.
When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.
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