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How Do I Become a Sound Designer?

G. Wiesen
G. Wiesen

To become a sound designer, you should typically receive some type of formal education in sound engineering or design and find opportunities to receive professional experience in sound engineering. Many colleges and universities offer programs in sound design or audio production, either as part of the music program or in a film or drama program. You can also look for opportunities to learn about the industry from within through an internship or working as the apprentice to a knowledgeable mentor. Once you have the education you need to become a sound designer, you should look for opportunities to gain experience as an assistant to an established sound designer.

If you want to become a sound designer, sometimes also called a supervising sound editor, then you should begin by receiving the training you need for this position. Sound design is something of a specialized field, so you should look for schools that can train you with the technology and techniques you need to work as a sound editor. There are a few different educational paths you can use to become a sound designer, and some colleges and universities offer programs in sound design as part of a degree in drama or film. Drama programs, however, may focus on sound production for live performances, and this may not always transfer well into a career in film or television.

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There are also technical schools and other programs that can help prepare you to become a sound designer. Technical schools can be a strong choice, as they are likely to focus on the technical aspects of the industry, which continue to develop and grow as technology improves. You can also look for opportunities to learn as an apprentice while working with an established and experienced mentor within the industry. Even if you attend a technical or traditional college, you should still look for any internships offered by sound designers or engineers to help you gain experience and education.

After you complete the education or training you need to become a sound designer, then you should look for opportunities to get into the industry. Most sound designers work their way up from lower level positions, usually as assistant sound designers or sound editors. You should look for chances to gain experience in this field, though related fields such as audio engineering for the music industry can also help you gain the experience you need to become a sound designer. Once you have the necessary experience, then you can look for productions in need of your services and make contacts with producers in film and television.

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