Sound Design and Technology

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Sound Design and Technology?

This program is a concentration within Theatre. A degree in Sound Design and Technology prepares students for professional roles in sound design. In this program, you will gain current knowledge of sound design, equipment standards, and trends. You'll gain technical skills that allow you to troubleshoot and solve problems. Students learn how to create and collaborate with other designers. Our program offers students hands-on experience working as sound designers and engineers on productions in theatre, lyric theatre, and dance. You can apply directly into this concentration, although you must submit a portfolio before being accepted.

Career Options

  • Deck and stage engineering
  • Front-of-house engineering & mixing
  • Monitor engineering
  • Show engineering
  • Sound design
  • Soundboard operation

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898