Sound Design (BFA)


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by 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.

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

Special Requirements

Only courses completed with a grade of C- or above will count toward fulfilling the specific 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

  • 107 required credit hours
  • Applicable university Global Citizenship Program hours, as adjusted for theatre BFAs
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for Theatre BFAs

  • FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (THEA 2030, THEA 2040, THEA 2050, or MUTH 1030 can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’ or ‘Global Understanding’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’ (SCIN 1410 can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously)
  • KEYS 4XXX Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements are fulfilled through Conservatory instruction. Arts Appreciation is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

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)
  • 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)