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Amoshaun Phynn Toft
BIS 234
Bothell Campus

Media and Communication Techniques

Develops beginning to intermediate skills and techniques in one or more forms of communication practice and media production.

Class description

Working with Audio

This course starts with a simple question: What does your world sound like? In answering this question, students will learn how to record, edit and produce audio stories about their lives through the medium of sound.

Sound is all around us. But like a fish in water, sound often fades into the background of our lives: the hum of the refrigerator, the wine of a siren, the rustling of the leaves, the tick of the clock, the bustling of a coffee shop, the parade of top 40 hits on the radio or friendly banter on the phone.

This course will guide students in the art of digital audio recording and production. We will focus on recording techniques, sound quality, digital editing and basic storytelling. While the course will be based on the development of technical skills in audio production, we will learn these skills through a series of autobiographical assignments that will help you present your life to the world through the medium of sound.

Student learning goals

Learn how to record different types of sound using different techniques

Learn how to edit audio in a digital environment (non-linear editing)

Learn how to think about sound in the context of media production

Learn about our own "sound lives" through autobiographical work

General method of instruction

Class time will be a combination of mini-lectures, peer critique, and skill-building exercises.

Recommended preparation

An interest in sound and/or media production. No existing technical skills required.

Class assignments and grading

This course also offers an optional service learning component of a minimum of four hours per week for two additional credits. Participating students will work with an area organization involved in either media policy and community work, or in media production. Options include Reclaim the Media, Listen Up Northwest, and the KBCS public affairs department. Contact the instructor at least one week before the first day of class if you are interested in this opportunity.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amoshaun Phynn Toft
Date: 06/30/2010