Cine 414 available in Spring 2021!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 13:07

CINE 414-01 - Exploring Sound Design for Cinema (3 Units) - SP 2021


Synchronous - Fridays 9:30am-12:15pm


Exploring sound design for cinema is an upper-division elective course in the practice and art of sound design. Students in this course will:


● Discover the history of sound design in cinema and learn to replicate the techniques used by some of the most well-known sound designers from award-winning films.


● Direct professional voice actors virtually to create original characters


● Learn to create foley and sound effects by manipulating and recording objects in their own homes


● Utilize a professional library of sound effects provided by the School of Cinema to create layered and unique sounds


● Advance with sound editing software provided by the School of Cinema to practice professional techniques for sound design


● Participate in the creation of original sound art for a virtual gallery experience


The course is open to students who have completed CINE 202/204 or with instructor approval. Contact the instructor at to be added to the course while space is available.


About the Professor:


Assistant Professor Bethany Sparks is an independent sound designer for film, games, interactive media, and VR. She has worked in the industry for 12+ years and has an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Bethany specializes in voice directing and recording as well as sound editing and mixing for animation.


Bethany’s current research is in the role that soundscapes play in open world games and virtual reality to create immersive experience.


Many of Bethany’s credits can be found on IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) here