Sound Design Minor

The minor in sound design allows students to study and create work in sound as it relates to film/video, new media, theatre, radio, and installation/exhibition projects. The minor draws on courses offered through the School of Communication, Bienen School of Music, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The minor is open to all Northwestern undergraduate students. 

Minor Requirements (6 units)

All courses for SoC majors, minors, fields of concentration and distribution requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher and may not be taken P/N.

A maximum of the equivalent of 2 non-Northwestern academic units can count towards an SoC minor.

Selected, in any combination, from:


Course Title
RTVF 373-0Topics in Sound (topics may include advanced audio postproduction; sound design for horror, comedy, or the web; advanced Foley)
RTVF 383-0Introduction to Sound Production
RTVF 384-0Introduction to Sound Postproduction
RTVF 398-0Symposium: Issues in RTVF (history and aesthetics of sound design)
RTVF 399-0Independent Study


Course Title
THEATRE 223-0Theatre Sound
THEATRE 323-0Advanced Theatre Sound

Music Technology

Course Title
MUS_TECH 321-0Producing in the Virtual Studio
MUS_TECH 335-0Selected Topics (topics may include recording and basic audio; studio techniques for electroacoustic music)
MUS_TECH 340-0Composing With Computers
MUS_TECH 342-1
MUS_TECH 342-2
Computer Sound Synthesis I
and Computer Sound Synthesis II

Other courses also may be counted toward the minor with the approval of a sound design adviser.