General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Maddalena Fedele

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Jordi Roquer González
Santos Martínez Labor 
Santos Martínez Labor 


Specific skills
  • E5_Design and make an audiovisual product (consisting of still or moving images), taking into account both its technical and artistic aspects, in all its components

  • E9_Apply the mechanical, electronic and digital principles of sound capture, amplification and recording for application to different platforms: shows, radio, television, audiovisual and multimedia. Postproduce the audio and add the sound effects of an audiovisual production

  • E13_Apply the principles of visual and sound design for the creation of presentation elements used in sound, audiovisual, television and show products

  • E16_Idear, design, plan and make an advertising audiovisual piece from the conceptualization of its message, the elaboration of the script, the communication strategy and its diffusion


The subject represents an introduction to different methods of analysis on the relationship between sound and image. We work from two main blocks: one dedicated to the acquisition of tools for the discursive analysis of sound in the audiovisual, and the other to the knowledge of the tools of capture, amplification and sound treatment.


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students must be able to:

  • Explain the basic functions of sound in audiovisual media.
  • Explain the basic principles of sound, the forms of capture and the audio chain.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects and methodology of work in their field of study with a depth that reaches the forefront of knowledge.
  • Apply their knowledge, understanding of these and their problem-solving skills in complex or professional and specialized work areas that require the use of creative and innovative ideas.
  • Collect and interpret data and information on which to base their conclusions, including, when necessary and relevant, reflection on issues of a social, scientific or ethical nature in the field of their field of study.
  • Develop in complex situations or that require the development of new solutions both in the academic field and work or professional within their field of study.
  • Communicate to all types of audiences (specialized or not) in a clear and precise way, knowledge, methodologies, ideas, problems and solutions in the field of their field of study. Be able to identify their own training needs in their field. of study and work or professional environment and to organize their own learning with a high degree of autonomy in all kinds of contexts (structured or not).

Working methodology

The theoretical sessions will combine the expository class with work based on documentary and audiovisual material. They will also propose exercises and discussions based on written material (articles, manuals, technical specifications). 

The teacher will publish on the eCampus all the documents corresponding to the materials and presentations of the theoretical sessions. Regarding the practicals, the student will have a guided document to achieve the procedural content. Attendance at practices is mandatory.


BLOCK 1: Theoretical-discursive approach

Michel Chion and audiovisual

The concept of added value by sound

The functions of film music

Sound editing and sound functions

Sound analysis in the audiovisual


BLOCK 2: Theoretical-practical approach

Basic principles of sound

Audio chain



Sound recording and processing


Learning activities

The subject is organized in a part of collective theoretical sessions and a part of practical sessions that will be done in small groups. 

Evaluation system

3 partial tests throughout the term where theoretical content and aspects related to the content worked on in the compulsory practices will be evaluated. These tests will be done through an online system and their total value will be 20% of the overall grade.

1 final test that will include all the contents of the subject. Its weight on the final grade will be 50%.

1 group analysis work to be presented in class. Its weight on the final grade will be 30%.

To make an average you will need to have passed the final test with more than a 4 out of 10. Those students who obtain a grade lower than 4 will have to take a recovery test; the rest of the grades of the partial tests will be kept. Under no circumstances can you opt for recovery to raise your grade. Partial tests do not have recovery.

Grades may be reviewed at a date and place posted by the teacher through the eCampus.



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