Curriculum Guideline

Audio Techniques I

Effective Date:
Course Code
STGE 2311
Audio Techniques I
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
3 hrs. per week (36 hrs. per semester)
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Students will receive three hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one on one instruction.

Course Description
This course introduces students to the basics of sound, wave theory and hearing and their relationship to theatre. The design, function, and interconnection of sound systems common to the performing arts will be studied.
Course Content
  1. Wave theory, sound terminology, and basic audio principles including hearing sound, pressure waves, frequency, intensity, reverberation, and acoustics.
  2. Role and responsibilities of the sound technician.
  3. Introduction to audio equipment in the Theatre including Microphones, Power Amps, Loud Speakers, Mixers, and ancillary Equipment.
  4. Set-up, connection, and running audio equipment.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. learn and demonstrate safe working procedures when using equipment, tools and materials common to sound in the theatre.
  2. become familiar with the basic principles of sound and acoustics.
  3. learn and demonstrate the set up and running of sound equipment required for playback.
  4. become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the sound technician.
  5. develop a vocabulary of sound terminology.
Means of Assessment

Written assignments:

Radio Play Analysis 15%
History of Sound Research 15%
Scenarios 15%
Technical Research 15%
Tests X 4 40%
TOTAL  100%
Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. E.G.: Gillette, Michael. Theatrical Design and Production. Ed. Toronto: Mayfield Publishing (current edition).


Acceptance to the SET Program or permission of the SET Program Coordinator.

Which Prerequisite