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Introduction to Game Sound DesignLaajuus (5 cr)

Code: HG00CF62


5 op

Teaching language

  • English

Responsible person

  • Ilari Miikkulainen
  • Kalle Raijonkari


The object of the course:
In the Introduction to the game sound design course, you will learn the basic terminology and theoretical framework of music and sound design in games. You will also become acquainted with sound design conventions and methods. After completing this course, you will have learned the basics of the theoretical framework of game sound design.

You do not need to know how to create music or sounds on this course. This course is directed for people looking to learn what is in the world of sound design, and how to communicate with sound designers in co-creative environment.

Course competences:
Cross-disciplinary competence in games: You can apply skills and knowledge in at the sound design field of game production.
Game production competence: You can produce value for a game project while working in a specific specialist role.
Business competence: You understand the meaning of contracts, offers, licenses and copyrights in their own work.

The learning objectives of the course:
After completing the course, you will know the basic theoretical framework of sound design in games. You are familiar with the basic conventions and terminology of audio production. You have general understanding of what kind of audio and musical elements there are and how they affect the game experience. You also have general knowledge of copyright related to audio, and the business aspects of the audio design field.


The course is separated to distinct topics related to audio design work. You will learn the relationship between visual imagery and audio, sound design vocabulary, general sound design conventions, audio copyrights and business aspects. You will also learn how to communicate with sound designers and other creatives in the game industry.

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

Sufficient (1): You understand the basic terminology and conventions related to game sound design and you have general understanding about the sound designer work

Satisfactory (2): You can understand the basic terminology and conventions related to game sound design in your own productions. You are cabaple to connect similar aesthetic approaches from audio view point.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

Good (3): You fulfil the previous criteria and are capable of being analytical concerning your outcomes. You can be analytical concerning your auditive approach and able to see in which way your aesthetic choices are related to the general aesthetic conventions is art

Very Good (4): You fulfil the previous criteria and can evaluate and reflect your choices in the context of the sound design for different medias from various viewpoints. You understand the role of the sound designer in the game development process. You are able to make critical view point for your own work in field of art and justify your choices in creative work process..

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

Excellent (5): You fulfil the previous criteria and have a comprehensive understanding of sound design and in which way to use beneficially in various art projects. You can introduce your ideas for different experts from audio and aesthetic perspective and implement your vision for different creative projects.
Your ideas and plans brings something new and inspiring to the table and you can connect audio with different media, art and aesthetics in meaningful and surprising, unique manner.