Sound Design

Course Date:
21 Jul to 27 Oct 2021

Registration Period:
11 Jun to 9 Jul 2021

39 hours

6:30pm to 9:30pm

Mode of Training:
Blended (F2F & Online Synchronous) 

Singapore Polytechnic

Course Introduction

This course will provide the knowledge and skills for creating and shaping a meaningful soundtrack to tell an engaging story, starting with recorded location sound. You will practice sound-editing techniques and explore how sound can shape the scenes and the characters, with considerations to meaning, rhythm, spatiality, mood and emotion. There will also be listening exercises to illustrate these facets of sound, and more importantly, to experience the effect of such choices

Course Objective

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills for creating and shaping meaningful sound design for a video/film in order to establish depth for the story and the characters.

Participants will practise sound-editing techniques and explore the way sound design imbues the video/film with meaning, rhythm, spatiality, mood and emotion – all are key factors for good storytelling.

Course Outline

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1 Apply techniques in recording and editing sound to achieve:
• Clarity and depth in the storytelling
• Appropriate pace and energy
• Appropriate mood and atmosphere

2 Apply key practices of location sound

3 Analyse visual content for appropriate sonic treatment

Topics to be covered

1. Narrative Functions of Sound
2. Location Sound
3. Sound Editing / Mixing

Suitable for

Participants who are interested in sound design. 

Minimum Entry Requirements / Assumed Skills and Knowledge

Participants who have done simple editing of video or sound is advantageous.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Attendance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the examination and meet at least 75% attendance rate

Trainer’s Profile

Trainer - Steve Ho

Steve Ho is an award-winning Sound Designer with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked at Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia and Song Zu, before setting up his very own suite, 40HZ. His extensive professional experience cuts across broadcast television, radio, and web-based content, and he has been teaching for more than 15 years.

Full Fees (before GST): $1,700.00
GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants*: $35.70
GST payable for others: $119.00

Applicants/EligibilitySkillsFuture FundingSubsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above1$1,530.00$205.70
Singapore Citizens aged below 40$1,190.00$545.70 
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders$1,190.00$545.70 
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders2$1,530.00$205.70
Others (Full fees payable)$0.00$1,819.00

*As per SSG’s policy, the GST payable is calculated based on 7% of the baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

1Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
2 Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

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Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Terms and Conditions

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest, and would be notified if there is a new run.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS(Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.