The Sound of Your Future Calling
The artistic meets the technical in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Michigan Tech. Prepare yourself for the dynamic field of audio production with a Bachelor of Arts in Sound Design. This degree program integrates course work in music and theater production, allowing students to explore the intellectual, artistic and intuitive knowledge and skills in recorded and live music, theatrical sound, and movie and TV sound. You will develop a broad skill set that will make you uniquely qualified to work in live sound, recording, themed entertainment, and sound for picture.
- The integration of theatre and music studies into the program, along with a commitment to production in theatre, music, and media in both the not-for-profit and entertainment fields, sets Michigan Tech apart.
- The department recently has two 7.1 sound-for-picture mixing studios, a high fidelity stereo production studio, numerous tracking rooms including a foley set-up.
- Audio-production studios are available to students 24/7.
- At Michigan Tech, you will start working on real-world projects and performances from day one. Through the First-Year Practicum, you will get involved with an audio play, join a mainstage production, and mix many multi-track music recordings.
- Limited enrollment allows for more time with professors, advisors, and equipment.
- You will develop your skills through high-tech training at performance venues such as the beautiful Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the traditional McArdle Theatre.
What kinds of projects will I do in school?
You can expect to
- Design soundscapes and sound effects for film, theatre, and radio.
- Mix and record sound effects, dialog, and music for film, theatre, and radio productions.
- Do live and studio recording, mixing, and mastering for CD or download distribution and broadcast.
- Mix recordings and produce CDs.
What will I do after graduation?
Start your career as an intern or assistant, or consider graduate school. Careers in sound design include
- Film sound-effects editor
- Foley engineer
- Theatre sound designer
- Studio engineer
- Mix engineer
- Live sound mixer
- Musical mixer
- Students have done the following:
- Recording Engineer: http://www.backseatproductions.com/index.php
- Sound Design: http://www.forestpost.com/
- Sound Design, Foley, Mix: http://olegalexander.com/?page_id=841
- Production Audio Mixer: http://www.trutv.com/shows/hardcore-pawn/index.html
- Internships: http://thedetroitchopshop.com/, http://www.hangartheatre.org/, http://www.barringtonstageco.org/, http://www.goodmantheatre.org/, http://www.8thdaysound.com/
How will Michigan Tech help me start my career?
- A professional portfolio: You will begin creating a portfolio during your first semester, continuing to develop it so that you leave campus with a solid professional presentation of yourself.
- One-on-one academic advising: You will meet with your advisor each semester to talk about your progress and class schedule, keeping you on track to graduate. These meetings will also shape your production experiences at Tech.
- Career advising: Your advisor will also discuss career options and post-graduation goals with you, and will assist you in searching and applying for internships—skills that are applicable to post-graduation job searching.
- Networking: You will regularly attend professional conferences, where you will meet with industry professionals and, as an upperclassman, present your work.