3-Year Program

The MFA Sound Design curriculum allows students to develop both theoretical and practical skills. Coursework includes creative listening, mixing and programming, music for themed entertainment, and strategic approaches to sound environments. By the end of their studies, students will have a solid command of the sound design process, including developing a conceptual approach, executing drafting and paperwork, and mounting aesthetically sophisticated designs.

All coursework is designed to help each student find a distinct, original, and personal voice, defining their unique aesthetic, as evidenced in production work and an outstanding portfolio.

All MFA Sound Design students are required to pass a Mid-Residence and Graduation Review in order to complete the Program and obtain their degree.

Full Curriculum

Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.

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Interdisciplinary Opportunities

In addition to CalArts' rich and diverse community and naturally collaborative atmosphere, the Institute provides several programs of study that can be pursued concurrently with a student's chosen metier.

Center for Integrated Media

The Center for Integrated Media concentration is designed specifically for MFA students whose creative use of technology—in particular digital media—goes beyond their primary areas of study.

Center for Integrated Media

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