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2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sound for the Performing Arts, BA


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About the Program

The Sound for the Performing Arts Program at Purdue University seeks to expand the young sound designer/technician/engineer’s range of knowledge and expression through broad-based exposure to various careers related to sound for the performing arts. 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.

Students receive a solid foundation in all aspects of sound as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Working individually and as part of many different types of teams, students learn to collaborate towards the realization of diverse auditory projects in the performing arts.

The program allows students to focus efforts more towards technology, artistry or both. The major consists of core classes, specialized training and related electives. Upon completion, students may choose to enter sound related fields or pursue further graduate study towards careers in the entertainment industry.

A new audio production studio and two new theatres in Purdue’s new Visual Performing Arts building opened in 2005. The audio production studio is a fully equipped digital recording studio featuring over 400 square feet of recording space with additional isolation booths, and a similarly sized control room, storage and an adjacent sound shop. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre, based around a 24 channel surround sound system is a proscenium house seating 300 people, while the Gordon Mallett Studio Theatre, based around a 16 channel surround sound system, features a flexible configuration and seats 105-155 people. These new theatres complement additional, larger campus venues in which sound students can gain additional experience in sound for the performing arts. JaffeHolden designed the acoustics and Auerbach•Polach•Friedlander designed the electronics for all of the sound facilities which feature a high degree of integration and cross-venue compatibility.

The study of sound for the performing arts includes both the classroom study and practical application of those studies. Therefore, the student is encouraged and expected to be an active member of our production community. In this laboratory setting, the student not only applies information and ideas learned in classes, but also learns the critical life lessons of responsibility, commitment, and cooperation, which are crucial skills needed for survival in the 21st century.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Sound for the Performing Arts  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Theatre-BA
THSP
120 Credits

A minimum Grade of “C-“or better is required for a Theatre course to be counted towards the major.

Sound for the Performing Arts Major Requirements (45 credits)


Students may only audition to enter this degree option after completing courses in the freshman year with a 2.5 GPA. Students must continue to successfully audition & exhibit their portfolio each semester to remain in the program.

Requirements for the Major


A. Foundation Studies (15-18 credits)


1. The following courses in THTR


2. One of the following courses in Music (3 credits)


3. The following course in DANC


4. The following course in ECET


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 - 56 credits)


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (19-24 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements


15-16 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15-16 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


15-16 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15-16 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • THTR Req B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • THTR Req C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • THTR Req B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • THTR Req C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • US Traditions - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • THTR Req B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • THTR Req B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • THTR Req C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • THTR Req B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • THTR Req B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial & Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Note


A minimum Grade of “C-“or better is required for a Theatre course to be counted towards the major.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course


Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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