Sound Design (BFA)


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Program Description

It is our mission to train our future colleagues to become visionaries, creators and leaders in the next generation of American professional theatre.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of their training in sound design, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the script and locations and develop an advanced, coherent, aural concept that takes into account style, period, and creative research for theatrical use
  • Research the period of any production and develop a design concept that uses period specific and appropriate sound effects and music
  • Present design concepts with directors designers, faculty members, and fellow students
  • Create paperwork for the director, stage manager, and sound engineer to communicate the concept and needs for the sound design
  • Use creative thinking and problem solving skills to solve the needs of a production
  • Utilize sound editing software and sound playback software to manipulate sound effects and music for use in production
  • Utilize sound equipment and acoustical principles to solve problems to meet the needs of productions
  • Collaborate with director, fellow designers, actors, and technicians to create a finished product that meets the needs of the play and vision of the director
  • Design sound for straight plays, musicals, opera, dance theatre for young audiences, and other performance styles

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Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Auditions/interviews are required for all students planning major in theatre at Webster University. Auditions/interviews are held each year during the spring semester for entrance into the following fall session. Both on-campus and off-campus audition sites are available to prospective theatre students. No video auditions are accepted.

Degree Requirements

111 required credit hours
12 general education credit hours
5 elective credit hours

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Required Courses

  • CONS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, 4010, 4020 (The Conservatory sequence or its equivalent) (72 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • AUDI 1000, 2000 Audio Production I, II (6 hours)
  • AUDI 3000 Multitrack Recording (3 hours)
  • AUDI 3300 Sound System Design and Operation (3 hours)
  • GNST 1400 Civilization and the Arts (4 hours)
  • MUSC 1000 Fundamentals of Musicianship Approaches to the Media (2 hours)
  • MUSC 1050 Introduction to Music Appreciation (3 hours)
  • SCIN 1410 Light, Sound and Electricity (3 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan (3 hours)
  • THEA 2040 History of Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours)
  • THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present (3 hours)

Recommended Electives:

  • AUDI 1200 Intro to MIDI (3 hours)
  • AUDI 4000 Music Recording (3 hours)

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