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Audio Techniques I

Course Code: STGE 2311
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Methods of Instruction

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

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, and the ability to meet deadlines.

Sound Set-ups (Practical Lab work) 2x10%=20%
Professionalism 5 indicators at 2%= 10%
Cue Sheets 30%
Written tests 2x20% = 40%
Total 100%

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 and reinforcement.
  4. become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the sound technician.
  5. develop a vocabulary of sound terminology.

course prerequisites

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

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.