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Sound Design BCST 1256

Broadcast Communications Part-time Studies Course

Course details

In this introductory sound course students explore the fundamentals of sound theory, equipment and building story ideas to produce a quality audio product primarily for the Web. Students will examine the basics of acoustics and environment, audio equipment and their effective use and best practices. Students will discover why technical choices justly influence great storytelling to realize a quality recording. The goals of the course are the discovery of a new hobby or business, an added skill for a web entrepreneur or an introduction to a career in the industry.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of BCST 1256 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 48148


Tue Sep 13 - Tue Nov 29 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 48148
  • $417.51
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 13 - Nov 29 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online

Ken McGrath

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. You will be expected to attend online during the posted class meeting times as this is not a self-paced course. Mandatory online classes Sept 13, 27 Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 22. A good basic computer operation knowledge is highly recommended and access to a computer that can run complex, data heavy graphics software. It is important to have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Please log into using your BCIT student email and password on the first day of class. You will require access to the Adobe Creative Cloud in order to complete this course. Students who are actively registered in one or more part-time courses can purchase a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Pro at a discount through BCIT’s new software portal:

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe how the environment affects sound waves and analyze the effects.
  • Explain how a microphone and mixer functions and demonstrate techniques.
  • Compare various sound processing equipment and evaluate functionality.
  • Discuss theoretical examples of simple post production and define techniques.
  • Explain how digital sound is recorded and use of digital editing software.
  • Determine television and location sound show requirements.
  • Analyze effective storytelling skills through technical competence.
  • Write and produce a Podcast production for the web.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

Sound Design (BCST 1256) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Broadcast and Digital Journalism
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  2. Music Business
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  3. Radio Arts and Entertainment
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  4. Video Production and Editing
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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