Sound Design

Plan of Study

Elective Sequence

The elective sequence is determined in consultation with a departmental adviser. Students must complete two terms of music electives and two terms of general electives. Non-music electives may include Law and the Arts, Shop Technology, Stage Rigging Techniques, Theater Planning and Construction, Automation Control, Control Systems for Live Entertainment, Architectural Acoustics and many more. The design adviser must approve any exemptions or adjustments to the elective sequence.

In the first year, one term of music elective (recommended in the second term) is required. One term of music elective and one term of general elective are required in the second year. And in the third year, one term of general elective is required and one term of music elective is optional.

Up to three production assignments per year (if prepared).

DRAM 112a (Scene Design: Background and Practice) and 124a (Introduction to Lighting Design) are required for Sound Design, while Dram 112b and 124b (the fall term of these classes) are optional as general electives.


Lyric Writing for Musical Theater
Law and the Arts
Shop Technology
Stage Rigging Techniques
Introduction to Projection Design
Theater Planning and Construction
Advanced Engineering for Sound Design
Automation Control
Systems Integration for Live Entertainment
Auditory Culture: Reading, Critical Listening, and Discussion
Independent Study in Sound Design
Fundamentals of Music Literacy