Sound Production of Audio-visual Arts

55.05.02 Sound production of audio-visual arts (Specialist)


Sound engineer

It is impossible to talk about modern cinema, not noticing how the attitude to sound in films has changed dramatically. It would not be an exaggeration to say that over the past two decades, the sound seemed to have re-conquered the screen.
We are witnesses of how technical progress introduces new sound formats, creating unlimited opportunities for creativity.

The profession of sound engineer today is an incredible fusion of technical knowledge and skills to develop and implement the most complex sounds. Experts in the field of sound engineering are extremely in demand in the film industry.

In Russia, only in our University and in VGIK (Moscow) there are complex modern bases for teaching sound engineering. We have developed unique techniques that allow students to learn the basics of mastery in the conditions of creative workshops on the latest equipment.

A distinctive feature is the project form of education, which makes it possible to create your own works on each course. From the first days students stay in a single creative space with playwrights, directors, and producers, which lays the foundation for the formation of creative teams in the future.

The specialization training is organized at the Audio Engineering Department.

Among the teachers are well-known sound engineers:
 A. Hasan-Zade - Honored Artist of Russia, laureate of state award (“Boys”, “PE of regional scale”, “Year of the Dog”); S. Sokolov - State Prize Laureate ("Cuckoo"); V. Persov - Honored Artist of Russia laureate of the NIKA Award (“Sorrowful Insensitivity”, “Save and Preserve”, “Mother and Son”); V. Dinov - Honored Worker of Culture, leading sound engineer of the Petersburg Recording Studio; S. Vartsan is a leading sound producer at Studio Century, winner of the TEFI award; Y. Kubitsky is a laureate of international film festivals (“I remember a wonderful moment”, “I am returning your portrait”, “V. Vysotsky. Songs and monologues”, “Break the Line”); E. Sladkovskaya - sound producer of the concerts of the “stars” of the musical world - Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Rene Fleming, Jose Carreras, Mirrei Mathieu, Joseph Kobzon, Patricia Kaas, Goran Bregovic, Vanessa May and others; M. Scheinman - winner of the International Film Festival, winner of the national Golden Mask Award; Contreras Koob A. - operator level in Music PRO TOOLS HD 7.

Students of the Department participate constantly in various festivals presenting their creative works in the PiterKit University Film Festival as well as in prestigious international festivals. They are also members of joint international projects where different Film Schools of the world take part in from France, Spain, Finland, the USA, etc.

Some of students who graduated recently from the Department became distinguishing specialists: Kirill Vasilenko, Sound Producer of films like the 9th Regiment, Inhabitant Island, Kray; Mikhail Nikolaev, Sound Producer of films like the Cargo 200, the Kochegar, the Crime and Punishment serials.

Our graduates work at film studios, television and radio companies in Russia, as well as abroad. Graduates find a vocation not only in the field of cinematography and television, but also in related industries - musical and theatrical sound engineering, concert activities, the media industry.


Curriculum Disciplines for the 55.05.02 Sound production of audio-visual arts

Basic part:

Basic Professional Foreign Language; Foreign Language in Professional Area; History; Philosophy; Economics; Science of Law and Basis of Copyright; Russian Language and Speech Standards; Economics;  Basis of Сultural Politics in Russian Federation; Methods of teaching of professional Disciplines; History of Russian Literature; History of Foreign Literature; History of National Cinematography; History of Foreign Cinematography; Information Systems and Technologies; History of  Fine Arts;Music Theory and History; Basis of Cinematography Art; Film Dramaturgy; Basis of Editing Theory and Practice; Practical issues of recording music; Music in Cinema; Sound Engineering of Audio-Visual Arts; Basics of Acoustics; Electro Acoustics; Architectural Acoustics; Musical Acoustics; Sound Equipment; Modern Audio Technologies; Physical basics of sound electronics, Physical basics of sound; Director's Work with Actor; Production technology of primary phonograms; Sound technology; Technological basis of noise sound; Technological basis of speech sound; Work of the sound engineer in the process of sound; Technical basics of the montage of phonograms; Creative basics of montage phonograms; Technical aspects of movie rewriting; Creative aspects of movie rewriting; Theory of sound image; Audio analysis; The art of speech; The art of musical phonography; Workstations for audio; Technology and practice of sound design; Sound recording skills for recording music for audiovisual arts; Aesthetic of Film-Phonography. Analysis of Music Scores and Instruments.

Variative part: Psychology of Perception of Audio-Visual Art Works; History of Recording; Analysis of Music Scores and Instruments; Work of a sound engineer with a production director.

Electives: Audiovisual Film Analysis; Film Production; Work with Film Music Scores; Work with TV Programmes Music Scores; Festival distribution of audiovisual works; Postproduction.