Graduate Programs
Sound Design

The Graduate Sound Design Program teaches students conceptual, compositional and technical practices necessary for creating and integrating audio elements into a production, while encouraging exploration into uncharted sonic territories during the three-year program.

The School of Drama encourages interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities for students through partnerships with other departments including Computer Science, Engineering, Music, Art, Entertainment Technology, Robotics and Design.

The Sound Design Option trains innovative and thoughtful artists to be leaders, practitioners, and theorists in the evolving discipline of sound design for the arts and entertainment industries.

Curriculum

The School of Drama’s Graduate Sound Design Option teaches students an advanced understanding of and the ability to create the theatrical sound design.

Students are immersed in workshops and full production responsibilities in order to expand their imaginative and practical experiences in sound design. Students apply their skills through individual projects and School of Drama productions, across campus interdisciplinary collaborations and internships within the Pittsburgh arts communities.

Opportunities

The School of Drama Graduate Sound Design Program teaches students artistic, conceptual, technical and practical approach to creating and manipulating sound.

Sound Design students take full design responsibilities on productions directed by faculty, visiting directors, and student directors. Students have the opportunity to work on a range of production media including musicals, cabaret, theatre, dance, and events.

Unique Platforms


All School of Drama students have to opportunities to participate in the following:


DANCE/LIGHT
Dance/Light is a performance opportunity for students across all disciplines to collaborate in the creation of original dance and movement pieces.

PLAYGROUND
A Festival of Independent Student Work: Playground is the annual School of Drama three-day performance festival showcasing independent, student-produced work across multiple disciplines.

VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAM
The Visiting Artists Program brings distinguished national and international guests on to campus to work with students across all disciplines.

SHOWCASE
The School of Drama Showcase presentations in New York and Los Angeles are designed to give all graduating students from all disciplines the opportunity to meet with and present work to leading arts and entertainment professionals. When conditions warrant, this Showcase may be augmented by virtual online networking events.

Graduate students in the School of Drama Sound Design program are sought after to work in the sound design and production industries across all arts media including theater, film, radio, television, concerts, opera, musical theater and events.

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Graduate Sound Design Curriculum

Faculty

Joe Pino


Sartje Pickett


Christopher Evans


News & Alumni

Costume designers consider the human condition and pursue design for theater, dance, opera, film and television. Dynamic training

Notable Alumni


Graduate students in the School of Drama Sound Design program are sought after to work in the sound design and production industries across all arts media including theater, film, radio, television, concerts, opera, musical theater and events.


  • Almeda Beynon: audiobook producer for Harper Collins Publishing
  • Nicholas Erikson: Sound designer and composer, Florida
  • Erik T. Lawson: Sound designer and composer, NYC
  • Aaron Landgraf: Sound designer and composer, Pittsburgh
  • Hidenori Nakajo: Mixer, composer, designer, NYC
  • Chris Rummel: Music editor, Hollywood
  • Yiran Zhang: Mixer and design associate, NYC

More Graduate Programs

Video & Media Design


The John Wells Directing Fellowship


Technical Direction


Stage & Production Management


Scenic Design


Lighting Design


Dramatic Writing


Costume Production


Costume Design


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