Sound Design

The Sound Design program works to develop and exercise the artistic, compositional, technical, and communications skills of sound designers, composers, and engineers through substantial academic offerings and a rigorous set of practical design opportunities that together provide a comprehensive professional training experience. Sound design applicants should be innately musical, even if they do not play a musical instrument, have a natural sensitivity to the subtlety of our aural world, be familiarized with contemporary design tools and technology. They should have a love of the spoken word, an appreciation of all music and sound, and be on their way to developing advanced critical listening skills. This is a collaborative program that builds strong bonds among all the artists in the school and a lasting network of diverse, creative professionals.


Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2018-19.


Production Opportunities

Students apply theory to professional practice in production work at the School, Yale Rep, and Yale Cabaret.


Affinity Groups

Coalition-building and networking among students who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background.

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Department News

Evanston Salt Costs Climbing
Aug 02, 2018

World Premiere of ‘Evanston Salt Costs Climbing’ Features an All-Yale Design Team

The production will be directed by Dustin Wills (’14) and features scenic design by Jean Kim (’16), costume design by Seth Bodie (’14), lighting design by Masha Tsmiring (’13), sound design by Tyler Keiffer (’15), and projection design by Nicholas Hussong (’15).

Kenneth Goodwin
Jul 26, 2018

Sound Design by Kenneth Goodwin (’12) Helps Power New Musical

Goodwin’s sound design “creates a true concert feel” for innovative Emojiland.