Short course

Overview

Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed by Zoom.

This course takes place over 5 consecutive Fridays

Sound design is the emotional heartbeat of a film, TV show or game, combining technical skills with a passion for telling stories through sound.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of sound editing and design for film and TV.

Through exercises, you will learn how to layer audio to enhance storytelling and where sound fits in the post-production workflow. You will learn about session management and technical aspects of sound editing, which, reinforced by conceptual thinking, will help you take your project to the next level.

This course will be taught in Pro Tools, so some basic familiarity with the software is preferable. However, those using other editing software with a timeline-based editing for sound and picture can also take part in the course.

This course covers:

  • The role of sound in storytelling, breakdown of different sound layers
  • Overview of postproduction workflow
  • Session Management
  • Psychoacoustic
  • Dialogue Editing
  • Sound Effects editing
  • Mixing and deliverables for the final projects

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Ania Przygoda is an award-winning sound editor. She won Best Sound Designer at Underwire Film Festival 2014 and was nominated for the prestigious Verna Fields Golden Reel awarded by Motion Picture Sound Editors association in Los Angeles. Ania’s films have previously won British Independent Film Awards in 2017, the Palme d’Or in Cannes 2014, Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival and San Sebastián International Film Festival 2012, Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival, Royal Television Society Award in 2013, to name a few. Her latest feature Make Up premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October and will be released on 31st of July by Curzon Artificial Eye. Her recent work on Stronger is Better Than Angry directed by Hope Dickson Leach is part of The Uncertain Kingdom and available to watch online on BFI Player.

Ania graduated with an MA in Sound Design for Film and Television from the National Film and Television School in the UK in 2013.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £795 (reduced to £770 to include cost of one month Pro Tools subscription required for course)
Corporate Rate: £1220

The course fee advertised is subsidised for freelancers by ScreenSkills with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy; as part of work to diversify the screen industry workforce, this year there is also a further reduction in fees of up to 50% available for freelancers with disabilities and/or who are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. Please advise in your application statement if you are eligible and are applying for this reduction. 

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.

BURSARY INFORMATION

A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible (and no later than 10 working days in advance of the course date) to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline:

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 

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