Sound for the Performing Arts
Sound for the Performing Arts seeks to expand the young sound designer/technician/engineer’s range of knowledge and expression through a broad-based exposure to the many and various careers related to sound for the performing arts. Typically, sound designers enter this field with either a strong technical/engineering aptitude/background or extraordinary musical talent in composition and/or performance. Ideal candidates demonstrate strong aptitude in both fields.
Students receive a solid foundation in all aspects of sound for the performing arts as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Working as part of many different types of teams, the student learns to collaborate artistically and technically towards the realization of a multitude of auditory projects in the performing arts. The program is diverse enough to allow students to focus their energies more toward the technical side, the artistic side, or both.
The major consists of core classes, specialized training and related electives. Upon completion, the student may choose to enter any sound related field or pursue further graduate study for a career in the entertainment industry.
*Students may only audition to enter this degree option after completing courses in the freshman year with a 2.5 GPA.
Plan of Study
Related Career Interests
Careers in Sound for the Performing Arts
- Sound Designers, technicians and production staff for live theatre, musical theatre, opera, dance, concerts, event sound, touring and corporate shows.
- Sound Designer for film, television, radio, marketing, advertising and corporate audio production and operations
- Audio Consultant
- Graduate school
- Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to the auditory arts but able to capitalize on students’ broad-based liberal arts skill set.
Transfer to Sound for the Performing Arts
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
Minimum GPA: 2.2
Contact InformationUndergraduate Student Recruitment Office