The predecessor of Sound Recording Department was Film Engineering Department, which was established in 1960 and developed into the Department of Motion Picture Sound Recording from Electro Acoustic Specialty in 1973. In 1978, a combined study major of art and technical sound recording was made and then the first group of undergraduates of Recording Art major was enrolled.
Since 1978, Sound Recording Department has educated a large number of film and television sound experts including the ones of the fifth generation. And the most well known sound artists who won the most influential awards for their works both at home and abroad are from our department.
The department has a strong team of teachers. Through active involvement in film and television sound creating practices every year, the faculty teachers keep a sharp sensibility at the pulse of the new professional developments in the world and therefore enabled to keep at the front in the field. Among the teachers in our department, there are several members and boarding members of CSMPTE and National Recording Association. They presided and took part in the national panels on film and television sound recording technology and art studies and took full charge of the design work of the recording room of Chinese Film Museum. The department also keeps a favorable cooperative relationship with the well-known film and television academies in the world and conducts constant exchanges of teachers and students with the academies in America, Europe and Asia. The department often invites foreign professors to come to teach or give lectures as well.
The department has the most advanced recording lab resources, from the electro laboratory for basic courses to all the technical conditions needed by post-production of the film and television, non-linear editing equipment for pictures, advanced analogue and digital synchronization equipment, analogue and digital voice recording studio, dynamic effect recording studio, digital audio work station, DVD rerecording studio, Dolby5.1 film rerecording studio, MIDI music studio, piano house, and music mastering and DSD music making and so on. While accomplishing the teaching work, the laboratory also assumes several scientific research tasks of various levels from the Municipal Education Committee, the Academy and this department.
Recording art is an interdisciplinary program that combines technology with art. It is also a subject of great interests and adaptability. The field study includes training the capability to listen and identify sound; music appreciation; grasping the characteristics of the sound source and sound field; studying the technologies of electron, computer, multi-media, and network; basic principle and operation approaches of audio and video frequency equipment; designing and creating film and television sound; learning and mastering the new techniques, as well as studying foreign language including listening, speaking, reading, writing, translating and studying the professional foreign language.
Under the recording art major, there are two study directions for undergraduates, recording art and scoring. The courses for the undergraduates will be film and television techniques; network media technology and art; recording acoustics; MIDI music making; film and television music creation and so on. Four graduate courses are offered: film and television sound creation and theories; film and television music creation; film and television recording creation, and film and television recording techniques. At present, there are totally four levels of education in the department: senior occupational education, undergraduate education, undergraduate program for the students graduated from technological academies, as well as graduate student program of master degrees. In the meantime, to meet the need of the developments of the occupations, the department will irregularly offer graduate extension courses on new technologies and techniques.