Designing with Sound

In conversations about acoustics in the built environment, sound is often viewed as a necessary evil to manage, reduce, or eliminate. But sound, when harnessed correctly, is as important a design element as light, color, or form. In this course, we’ll take inspiration from the world of art, asking such questions as: Can sound be seen? How does a sculpture installation transform crashing waves into a symphony? And we’ll hear the story of a man whose very ability to navigate the world around him depends on sound.

As for applications in the built environment, we’ll explore how sound contributes to user experience and well-being in a variety of settings, each with their own unique set of demands. By demystifying acoustician recommendations and test reports, this course will empower participants to balance technical knowledge with a deeper understanding.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret how sound can be used as a design element.
  2. Examine the potential positive and negative impacts of sound on human health and well-being.
  3. Analyze how sound ratings and testing reports are interconnected.
  4. Outline practical ways to balance NRC ratings, acoustician recommendations, and the ultimate needs of a space.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome & Introduction
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  CEU Presentation
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  Conclusion & Assessment
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When does the course start and finish?

This course is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course until October 31, 2022 across any and all devices you own.

How do I receive credit once I complete the course?

The CEU partner listed will provide your certification information to the relevant reporting agency on your behalf. Please allow 4-6 weeks for reporting.

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