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.

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Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2019-20.

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Production Opportunities

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

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Affinity Groups

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

SOUND DESIGN A Megumi Katayama (’19), Michael Costagliola (’18), and Frederick Kennedy (’18) Part 1 “It’s a very safe environment in which to learn to be a better collaborator.”

Student Perspectives

“It’s a very safe environment in which to learn to be a better collaborator.”

SOUND DESIGN B Megumi Katayama (’19), Michael Costagliola (’18), and Frederick Kennedy (’18) Part 2 “There’s an amazing way in our program of mentoring each other.”

Student Perspectives

“There’s an amazing way in our program of mentoring each other.”

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Department News

Mikaal Sulaiman
Apr 07, 2021

Mikaal Sulaiman Appointed Head of Sound Design Concentration

Sulaiman will begin his appointment as Assistant Professor and Head of the Sound Design Concentration full-time on July 1.

Picture of Earth with sound waves going across
Feb 25, 2021

REST by Frederick Kennedy (’18) is a Meditation on Audio Reduction

The 16-minute piece, voiced by Emily Reilly (’13) and Hugh Farrell (’15) was inspired by reports of noise reduction during the pandemic.