MUSA229-21SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2021 start

Introduction to Game Audio

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 15 November 2021
End Date: Sunday, 19 December 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 November 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 3 December 2021

Description

Learn foundation skills in sound design and music for games. The course will survey current industry practices, and students will gain knowledge of a variety of approaches to audio creation, editing and integration into video games. No prior experience in music, sound, or game design is required.

This course teaches foundational skills involved in the incorporation of sound effects and music for interactive video games. The course will survey current industry practices, and students will gain knowledge of a variety of approaches to audio creation, editing and integration into video games. The role of sound and audio production in socially responsible game development will also be examined. No prior experience in music, sound, or game design is required.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to source and edit appropriate sounds and musical content
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in industry standard interactive audio tools (eg Unity, FMOD, WWise)
  • Develop a perspective on socially responsible game development informed by Tikanga Māori, and how this influences approaches to music and audio design
  • Understand how audio design fits in to the game development cycle
  • Understand the impact of audio design on the user experience
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Pre-requisites

Any 60 points at 100 level, and HOD permission.

Restrictions

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
15 Nov - 19 Dec
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
15 Nov - 19 Dec
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Len Lye 201 Computer Lab
15 Nov - 19 Dec
Computer Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 Len Lye 201 Computer Lab
15 Nov - 19 Dec

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 15 hours attending lectures
• 20 hours attending lab sessions
• 115 hours self-directed study

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Reuben de Lautour

Lecturers

Hamish Oliver and Adrian Clark

Assessment

Unless otherwise noted, assessments are due by 5 pm on the specified date. Assessment material should be uploaded via LEARN.

In the event of online submission via LEARN not working, or being unsuitable for the materials being submitted, please contact the Course Coordinator for advice and alternative submission methods.
Assessment #1: Triggering Sounds
Load sound effects into the Unity game development environment and assign them to actions in a sample game.
Weighting: 20%
Due: Friday November 27th (end of week 2)

Assessment #2: Sound capture and editing
Record real world sounds with a field recorder, edit and prepare for game integration.
Weighting: 20%
Due: Friday December 4th (end of week 3)

Assessment #3 Modulating audio parameters
Simulate distance effects and other real-world acoustic phenomena using Wwise.
Weighting: 30%
Due: Friday December 11th (end of week 4)

Assessment #4 Integration of audio in a game environment  
Combine ambience, effects, and music into a complex sound scene in Unity and Wwise.
Weighting: 30%
Due: Friday December 18th (end of week 5)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

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