Most students we accept have experience working with sound. They have worked individually, commercially or in school on a range of sound projects, and have mastered the fundamentals of commercial software apps. The Major and Minor in Electroacoustic Studies are not introductory sound programs. These fundamental skills should be acquired before applying.
Are you interested in all kinds of sounds? This program is for students who want to:
invent sound-designed atmospheres
create imaginary audio soundscapes, or create sounds for dancers and animators
work in multichannel environments
perform with others
record on location
develop a critical ear
explore analog modular synthesis, virtual synthesis, and live coding
If this resonates with you, this is the right program for you.
Before you apply
Look closely at your portfolio and your interests
Are your samples all recordings of you and your band? Perhaps you are looking for a dedicated recording arts program.
Are you including videos of you singing your own, original songs? Perhaps the song-writing area of the Department of Music is what you are looking for.
Are you really interested in the sociology and buzz around music? Perhaps the Communication Studies department is what you want to look into.
Having done some research, you will want to contact an instructor in the program. The fulltime instructors are the admissions committee. You will be able to get strong, useful directed advice about the works for your portfolio by contacting the department before the submission deadline.
Overall, I learned a lot about raw sound manipulation and the possibilities of just using cut, copy, paste, reverse, and enveloping. The array of possible sounds from just a fraction of a second of sound truly astounded me and really opened my eyes as to what this program entails and what kind of work will be expected in the future. I enjoyed working on this . . . especially because it is the first time I’ve ever worked on something in 5 channels. It is truly a different experience when listening to the accurate and surreal spatialization of sound.