Arts & Entertainment

Diegetic Sound and Non-Diegetic Sound: What’s the Difference?

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Sep 3, 2021 • 2 min read

Diegetic and non-diegetic sounds are what make up the sound design for a Hollywood film—from the sound of a car honking onscreen to the lush orchestral melody playing over the closing credits. Below we break down the differences between diegetic and non-diegetic sound in a film.