MA in Sound Arts and Industries at Northwestern

MA in Sound Arts and Industries at Northwestern

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THE PLACE FOR SOUND

LAUNCH YOUR CAREER AS A SOUND PROFESSIONAL WITH A MASTER’S IN SOUND AT NORTHWESTERN.

Put yourself at the forefront of cutting-edge sound production in diverse sound-based industries with an MA in Sound Arts and Industries at Northwestern. Our unique one-year program combines courses in sound production, sound studies, and sound science so that you will understand sound from neurons in the brain to global industries, from the past to the future. Be part of a creative research community in sound and build a strong portfolio of work that includes podcasts, film soundtracks, sound installations, and more.

 

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

One-Year Program

Earn a master’s degree in one year, with a capstone internship opportunity to prepare you for a career in sound

Flexible Curriculum

Our interdisciplinary approach combines production, studies, and science, to expand your portfolio and increase your job skills

Speakers and Events

Interact with leading figures in the sound industries through workshops, guest speakers, and site visits to potential employers

 
WHY CHOOSE SOUND ARTS AND INDUSTRIES?
LEARNING FROM LEADERS
Collaborate with world-class faculty, including sound artists, storytellers, filmmakers, historians, scientists, and engineers
ENGAGING A MAJOR MARKET
Located on the doorstep of Chicago, a thriving center for music, sound art, and radio, find your intersection of education and industry exposure
STRENGTHENING YOUR CONNECTIONS
Explore year-long professional development programs, capstone summer internship, and access to well-connected alumni network
 
COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Advanced Sound Production, Sound Studies, Sound for Augmented and Virtual Reality, The Art of the Podcast, Acoustics for the Built Environment, Experimental Film Sound, Digital Musical Instrument Design, Audio Documentary, Interactive Audio Programming, Creative Usage of Field, Found, and Archival Recordings

 “The program has given me a holistic experience. I’m filling in the gaps and getting a much more comprehensive understanding. It’s allowed me to get a deeper understanding of tech and sound and to get more experience recording music, which I never had the opportunity to do before. There’s also a fascinating collection of people coming from really different backgrounds.”

Jeffrey Gardner, MA in Sound Arts and Industries Expected 2019


“I don’t know of any other program that combines sound arts, sound science and sound studies like the MA at Northwestern, but to me it’s a natural. To find those connections could be very powerful.”

– Seven-time Academy Award Winner Gary Rydstrom