Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

Submitted: Richard Scholwin Position: Director of Audio Services/Chair, Illinois Theatre, Sound Design Date: January 22, 2019

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School Location:

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Description of your program:

We provide an all-encompassing sound program focusing on theatrical sound design.

Describe what makes your program unique:

Our relationship with the Krannert Center Marquee series sets us apart from all other programs.

Current Faculty Names & links to Websites

Richard Scholwin, Director of Audio Services/Chair, Illinois Theatre, Sound Design

Type of degree conferred

MFA Sound Design

Number of years of study


Typical Class Size


Description of the venues and facilities the students have access to in our program.

Our program utilizes the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a 5-venue performing arts center

Description of the production and design opportunities a typical student can expect:

Our 3-year MFA degree is an assistantship based, full tuition waiver program. Students work Marquee productions and have design assignments to accompany lecture-based classes.

Skills and characteristics looked for when admitting a student to your program:

Strong theatre interest, audio engineering background is a plus, great communication/collaboration skills.

Skills and characteristics of a successful graduate:

A comprehensive understanding of all audio disciplines, and their relationships to theatrical sound design.