General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Ana Beatriz Pérez Zapata

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Gabriel Garrido Garcia

Teaching languages

  • English


Basic skills
  • B1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is accustomed to finding at a level that, although with the support of advanced textbooks, also include some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of your field of study


  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills they demonstrate by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study


  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • V2. Design the mechanics, rules, structure and narrative of video games following the criteria of gameplay and balance to provide the best possible gaming experience.

  • V3. Identify the type of player and design the game experience according to its psychological characteristics.

Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources



This subject seeks to provide the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to provide quality sound to any video game production. The fundamental characteristics of sound and how to describe it will be studied, a brief review of the history of sound in audiovisuals, the technology needed to record and create sound, the main sound elements of video games and also knowledge related to copyright and rights. of use.

The course consists of theoretical sessions and practical sessions in the computer lab and the audio studio. In order to acquire the knowledge, the subject is evaluated with the works arising from the practical sessions, the individual tests done during the course and the final exam.



Fundamental concepts of sound and music
1.1 What is sound?
1.2 Sound aesthetics
1.3 Sound textures
1.4 Basic musical elements and their recognition.
1.5 The search for a sonority. How do we describe a sound?
1.6 ADD (Audio Design Document)

Impact of music and sound on the gaming experience
2.1 Brief introduction to the different musical currents and aesthetics.
2.2 The origin of music as an accompaniment to the image.
2.3 How does the sound affect the player?
2.4 Hearing fatigue.
2.5 Sound aesthetics of XNUMXst century video games

Basic technology
3.1 Essential hardware and software
3.2 Fundamentals of digital audio editing and manipulation
3.3 Workflow of the music composer dedicated to the video game.

4.1 Basic functions - Order and management.
4.2 Logic tracks
4.3 Automation of volume and effects
4.4. Equalization
4.5 Reverberation
4.6 Flanger
4.7 Delay
4.8 FMOD Instruments, practical use.
4.9 Dialogs and location management in FMOD
4.10 Common problems of sound and music treatment in FMOD.

Fundamental sound elements
5.1 Dialogues
5.2 Sound effects (SFX)
5.3 Backgrounds
5.4 Music

Integration of sound and music in video game programming

Evaluation system

The grade of each student will be calculated following the following percentages:

A1. Laboratory practice: Introduction to the sound management of a project (ADD). 10%
A2. Laboratory practice: Introduction to active listening. 10%
A3. Laboratory practice: Introduction to FMOD, theoretical aspects. 10%
A4. Group work: Management and integration of sounds and music in a project. 30%
A5. Final exam 40%

Final grade: A1 0,1 + A2 0,1+ A3 0,1 + A4 0,3 + A5 0,4

A grade above 5 must be obtained in the final exam to pass the subject and add the results of the other activities. An activity not delivered or delivered late and without justification (court summons or medical matter) counts as a 0.

It is the student's responsibility to avoid plagiarism in all its forms. In the case of detecting plagiarism, regardless of its scope, in some activity it will correspond to having a grade of 0. In addition, the professor will communicate the situation to the head of department so that applicable measures can be taken in terms of disciplinary regime.

The teacher may request a personalized presentation of the activities either to clarify general aspects or to individualize the students' grades.

It is necessary to obtain a grade higher than 5 in the final recovery exam to pass the subject.
The make-up exam grade will apply to the A5 activity grade only.
In case of passing the recovery, the maximum final grade for the subject will be 5.






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