Sound Design & Technology


What is Sound Design & 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

76% employed or continuing education

73% employed after graduation

3% attending graduate school

Insufficient survey data is available for average starting annual income.

Sample employer destinations: Groupon, Infinity Arts Academy, Pride Films & Plays

Sample grad school destinations: National Louis University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 31 ACT Score

1160 - 1330 SAT Score

3.00 - 3.60 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994


  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476


  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350