Sound Storytelling

Explore the relationships between sound, voice, music and emotion, and how they function in audio and audio-visual narratives.

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
 – Stanley Kubrick

Program Overview

This program has been cancelled for summer 2018.

This course is offered in collaboration with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). The curriculum will focus on the underlying relationships between sound, image and emotion through the interrogation of sound design, voice and music practices in film, television, games, and radio. Students will learn how to identify, design, implement, analyze, and evaluate sound and music in the creation of affect in a range of media contexts.


Sound Storytelling

IFMTV-UT 1047 | 4 units | Instructor: AFTRS Faculty

Sound Storytelling will equip students with the skills and abilities to experience, articulate and navigate through the ways in which sound and music affect emotional experience. In addition, they will also explore the ways in which aural phenomena can be used to create effective impact. Developing critical vocabulary and listening skills will prepare students to discern the interrelationships between language, sound design and music as they pertain to film, screen, games, radio, and podcasts.

The course will culminate in a final project where each student will create a soundscape which conveys a story or emotional journey with or without words, which demonstrates the student’s ability to create sound and music, and in order to communicate effectively and affectively with an audience. This final project, can be the first episode of a podcast series or a soundscape to accompany video or images.


Summer 2018  

Flight/Check-In: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Check-Out: Saturday, June 23, 2018


Summer 2018 Application Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:00pm ET.

Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


  • Undergraduate summer 2018 tuition: $5,648
  • Registration and Services Fee: $680
  • Program Fee: $324
  • Lab Fee: $295
  • Geo Blue Global Health Insurance: $56.60
  • Housing: $1,594 - Single (in a six-person suite)
  • Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to/from the program.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for additional information on tuition and fees.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.

Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.


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