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Jill Freidberg
BISMCS 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

Sound surrounds us. It's the invisible element that only becomes obvious when it goes away. Sound is information, stories, location, memories. It tells us where we are and where we're going. It fills in the blanks. It forces our imaginations to create the pictures that go with the sounds we hear. It reminds us of places we've been, things we've done, and feelings we've had. Sound alerts us to danger, sets us at ease, wakes us up and puts us to sleep. Sound is everywhere.

This course will guide students in the art of audio storytelling and teach skills in audio recording, production, and editing. We will focus on intentional listening, 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 fiction, non-fiction, and autobiographical assignments that will help each student present their life to the world through the medium of sound.

Student learning goals

Gain an understanding of the different roles audio plays in our lives and in storytelling

Learn how to record a variety of sound elements using different techniques & recording devices

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

Learn and understand the basics of audio technology (formats, EQ, mixing, etc)

Learn to use audio as a storytelling tool

Gain familiarity with a variety of sound recording equipment and build skills for providing and receiving editorial feedback for and from peer storytellers

General method of instruction

Hands-on exercises, small group editorial work, labs and discussions.

Recommended preparation

An interest in storytelling, audio, and/or media production. No existing technical skills required. We will be working on MACs for almost every in-class exercise. Basic familiarity with MAC computers is helpful.

Media production is time-consuming. Students will be expected to complete audio recording and editing exercises outside of class. This may require coming to campus to use the Digital Media Lab when it is available outside of class time.

Class assignments and grading

Students will complete a handful of short audio storytelling assignments. They will also be required to organize their story ideas on paper, in the form of short project descriptions.

Most of the class grade will depend on participation and completion of assignments. Peer critique and feedback will be key in this course, and all students will be expected to receive peer feedback on their projects as well as to offer input on their classmates projects.


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 Jill Freidberg
Date: 02/12/2014