Master in Sound Design

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Master in Sound Design

Academy of Art University


MA Sound Design Unit Requirements

  • Major 30 units
  • Graduate Liberal Arts 6 units

TOTAL 36 units

*Per director approval

MA Sound Design Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units

MA Sound Design Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Listening Skills and Critical Thinking

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design

Soundtrack for Visual Media

Create sound which supports or heightens the emotional impact of visual imagery

Production Skills and Technical Knowledge

Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary sound production techniques

Professional Readiness

  • Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing audio for client needs
  • Complete a final project which reflects professional goals

Visit to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.

All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation.

The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Architectural Design; Art Education; Communications & Media Technologies; Game Development; Game Programming; Graphic Design; Graphic Design & Digital Media; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture & Design; New Media & Web Design. For more information on approved STEM programs, how to apply, and more common questions about studying as an international student at the Academy of Art University, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

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Last updated July 11, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 - 3 years
Full time
982 USD
USA - San Francisco, California
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per unit - 3 units per class.