Jan 17, 2018
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 the 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.
The student will 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 towards 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.
Please visit Sounds for the Performing Arts for more information.
120 Credits Required
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .
Departmental/Program Major Courses (42 - 48 credits)
Students must successfully audition & exhibit their portfolio each semester to remain in the program.
Students should include THTR 20100 - Theatre Appreciation as a choice in fulfilling the CLA core Requirements.
Requirements for the Major
A. Foundation Studies (18-21 credits)
1. The following courses in THTR (10-12 credits)
2. One of the following courses in Music (3 credits)
3 Equivalent Proficiencies in this course may allow this requirement to be waived
3. The following course in THTR (2-3 credits)
4. The following course in ECET (3 credits)
B. Sound in the Visual & Performing Arts (18 credits)
The following courses in THTR
C. Electives: (6-9 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)
- ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
- ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
- COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication (UCC: Oral Communication)
- Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) (UCC: Humanities) - Credits Hours: 12.00
- Mathematics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Statistics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
- United States Tradition (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if POL 10100 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Other Cultures (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if ANTH 20500 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Social Ethics (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if PHIL 27000 or POL 22300 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Global Perspective (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if HIST 38400 or HIST 38700 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Natural Sciences (UCC: Science - requires 6 credits) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
Electives (15-21 credits)
University Core Requirements
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 3rd Year
- THTR 36300 - Sound Design
- Req C - Credit Hours: 3.00
- US Traditions - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
A minimum Grade of “C-“or better is required for a Theatre course to be counted towards the major.
2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
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
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