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Earn Your BFA in Sound Design from the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts

四虎影视鈥檚 Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Sound Design, and is one of only a few programs whose productions are designed entirely by undergraduate students; faculty input on production work is strictly advisory. Design students acquire production experience necessary for their degree and simultaneously build exciting, varied portfolios. The combination conceptual work in the design classroom coupled with practical shop and stage work creates a unique opportunity for artistic and professional growth. Our curricular sequence aims to improve each student鈥檚 artistic skills.

Students majoring in Sound Design pair design classes with music and audio technology courses throughout their time at Webster. Many students opt also to study abroad or do an internship during their third or fourth year at Webster.

A girl sings and plays guitar on a simple tiered stage with minimal paper decorations. Three other actors sit watching her.

Rain and Zoe Save the World, 2023

A large group of animated actors in punk clothing sing and dance. An actor dressed in a purple tutu, studded belt, and iridescent silver harness, stands higher than the rest singing intensely into a hand microphone.

American Idiot, 2022

Three characters dance with their arms out around a multi-tiered stage with a tree in the middle.

Blood at the Root, 2023

An actor dressed like Mother Theresa wears headphones and heavy makeup. She sits surrounded by office furniture and file cabinets and holds a cane in her hand.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 2024

A man in period clothing plays a piano behind him hangs a blue curtain with a wooden desk in front. The desk is crammed with knick knacks on it.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, 2024

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The Spitfire Grill, 2023

Choose Webster for Your BFA in Sound Design

Gain Intensive, Professional Sound Design Training

Each year of your coursework will include varied and intense collections of studio courses. Opportunities to design sound for professional theatre productions allow you to work on high-impact projects every semester. The spaces are equipped with leading-edge sound technology, including Digico and Yamaha consoles, Meyer speakers and processes and Sennheiser wireless systems. You may also add an emphasis in other areas of design, tech or stage management. Each semester culminates in a portfolio review, in which you will share your work publicly. In your senior year, you will participate in a New York City showcase to present your portfolio and skills to NYC theatre professionals and potential employers.

Train with the Pros

Sargent Conservatory鈥檚 training program benefits from several professional partnerships, including collaborations with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and The Muny. We share our space and key equipment with The Rep and with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. We are able to offer students unparalleled opportunities to work alongside professional theatre artists, stage managers, directors and designers in the city鈥檚 thriving theatre scene.

Mentorship from Experienced Faculty

Sargent Conservatory鈥檚 faculty members are working professionals and dedicated educators committed to nurturing their students鈥 artistic growth. Learn more about the individual accomplishments of our faculty. Their work includes Broadway, off-Broadway, regional and international credits, as well as projects in a variety of other fields (film, television, voice-over, corporate events). Several faculty members are currently employed by our professional partners. As a result, students in our design programs consistently have the opportunity to work in professional endeavors.

Featured Alum

Our alums include Thomas White (BFA in Sound Design, 鈥22), whose post-graduation work includes The Muny鈥檚 2022 Season and the national tours of 鈥淐ats鈥 and 鈥淢y Fair Lady.鈥 Photos highlight WebCo鈥檚 鈥淪ondheim on Sondheim (2021)," for which White served as sound designer.

Webster's Sargent Conservatory Curriculum

Our design programs begin with a fundamental first year experience aimed to develop a common theatre vocabulary and practice. Key courses include:

  • Sound design seminar
  • Fundamentals of design
  • Scenography
  • Drafting
  • Technical production
  • Audio technology lecture
  • Audio technology lab
  • Audio technology practicum
  • Signals and systems
  • Design concepts
  • Theatre history

In the second year of training, students delve into the specific processes of their disciplines. Production assignments complement coursework, ensuring students are putting learning to hands-on practice. Key courses include:

  • Sound design seminar
  • Rendering
  • Vectorworks
  • Visual history
  • Crew management
  • Fundamentals of music for audio
  • Theatre history

In their third year, design students focus their studies in their particular discipline and take on more creative responsibility in the Conservatory production process. Increasingly, students will take advantage of opportunities for professional experiences with our professional partners. Many students opt to take a semester abroad or on internship during the third year. Key courses now include electives in other areas:

  • Sound design 1
  • Sound design seminar
  • Design electives
  • Figure drawing

The fourth year aims to provide a smooth transition into professional practice. Production assignments will serve to round out a student鈥檚 resume, and preparation for the Senior Portfolio Open House will entail creating a website and fine-tuning interviewing skills. Classes typically involve:

  • Sound design 2
  • Sound design seminar
  • Design electives
  • Professional practice

Theatre Scholarships

Almost every full-time undergraduate student at 四虎影视 receives some sort of financial aid. Webster鈥檚 Office of Financial Aid is committed to making a college education affordable.

Additionally, the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts awards annual scholarships designated specifically for theatre majors. In 2023-2024, the department awarded over $225,000 in scholarships to its students. Most of these awards are reserved for our third- and fourth-year students. Every year we also allot some scholarships to first-year students. These awards are made in consultation with the recruiting faculty and with the Office of Financial Aid. There is no separate application process. Please contact Andrew Laue, Associate Director of Fine Arts Admissions at, for additional information.

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Contact Amanda Werre, Instructor of Sound Design

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