Production of 'Dead Awaken,' an adaptation of Ibsen’s 'When the Dead Awaken, conceived by MFA director Brian Carbine, with music by Carbine and MFA actor Preston Butler III
Production of 'Dead Awaken,' an adaptation of Ibsen’s 'When the Dead Awaken, conceived by MFA director Brian Carbine, with music by Carbine and MFA actor Preston Butler III

The Sound Design MFA Program is devoted to a rapidly evolving field that integrates aesthetic concerns with scientific disciplines and new technological tools.

The MFA Program can stretch as far as each student’s energy and imagination allows. Although the curriculum is rooted in text-based theatrical training, sound designers take part in additional projects in experimental theater, multimedia and interactive design and production, concert sound reinforcement, performance art, animation, and live-action film and video. Accordingly, students are strongly urged to utilize all the resources, both artistic and technological, available across the entire CalArts community.

Although the curriculum is rooted in text-based theatrical training, sound designers take part in additional projects in experimental theater, multimedia and interactive design and production, concert sound reinforcement, performance art, animation and live-action film and video.


  • Jon Gottlieb, Head of Sound Design

Program Faculty


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