Sound designers and engineers are (ironically) the unsung heroes of film. Crafting sounds from the accompanying boom of an explosion to the creak of a floorboard, sound experts have the unique task of refining a visual form of entertainment with sounds that, if done well, should go unnoticed. A student pursuing a sound emphasis must develop a keen ear and eye for sounding, not only finding opportunities in the noises that fill the every day, but in the spaces and locations that they pass through. 

What You'll Learn:

Students who successfully complete a Sound Emphasis will be able to:

Use the terminology and carry out the practices of the film, TV and emerging media industries.

  • Use Pro Tools to accomplish post production sound and music, when applicable.
  • Assess the sound dynamics and needs of a production location while demonstrating how to get quality sound during principal photography.
  • Demonstrate how to get a quality recording of ADR and foley in a recording studio.
  • Budget the required production and post production sound and work within the specified allowance.
  • Accomplish proficient sound design.
  • Create dynamic sound effects that seem entirely natural to the audience.
  • Work effectively with producers, directors and other creative voices on a project. 
  • Understand how music is used and place it as an element of the scene.
  • Ensure the final sound mix of a film, television or related project.


  • Capture sound as the fast pace of TV production often requires.
  • Create sound as a believable and foundational element for non-live-action.

Courses You'll Take:

Cinema Degree
Cinema & TV Degree


Each student who chooses to emphasize Sound must take the following:


In addition, those who choose a Cinema / Sound Emphasis must take three (3) of the following:

  • Sound Mixing
  • The Art of Noise
  • Dialogue and ADR Editing
  • Art of Media Music
  • Film Music History


All students choosing to work forwards a combined Cinema-TV BFA with a Sound Emphasis must take these six (6) courses:


Must take three (3) from the list for Cinema Majors PLUS one (1) additional from the following courses:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At CCH we have it all, from our state of the art soundstages to the Red One MX Camera, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced:

Interested in what you might create? At CCH we give our students countless opportunities to show their skills. Check out some of their work below. 

Turn Your Passion Into a Career

Technical Skill + Business Know-How + A Crazy Creative Mind = One Good Looking Future. We want to help you turn passion for sound into more than just a hobby, we want you to live it day in and day out. Because doing what you love isn’t a want, it’s a necessity.

Career Opportunities:

  • ADR Recordist
  • Audio Recordist
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Boom Operator
  • Foley Artist
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Re-Recording Mixer
  • Sound Assistant
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Recordist

Who You’ll Learn From:

CCH is a college made by the industry for the industry. That is why we hire industry professionals to teach you everything you need to know. Take a look at who might be teaching you.

Laura Perlman Laura Perlman Music Editor of films such as Hot Tub Time Machine, Fast & Furious, StepBrothers, Hairspray, and Mean Girls.
John E. Walker John E. Walker Associate Professor Walker is a production and post-production sound mixer who has experience with features, television shows, and industrial videos.
Eugene Allevato Eugene Allevato Previously an Engineer for NASA and Boeing, Instructor Allevato turned to education seeking to develop an educational system that could help students find their path no matter the situation.
Ashley Bruce Ashley Bruce A freelance artist, designer, and lecturer, Associate Professor Bruce is a multifaceted individual, giving her the ability to teach from a unique and interesting perspective.
James Evans James Evans Award-winning writer and director in both theater and film, Associate professor Evans has extensive knowledge of film and the industries that surround it.
Emily Frydrych Emily Frydrych Associate Professor Frydrych is an experienced international counselor of 10+ years.
Mel Lewis Mel Lewis Instructor Lewis is an accomplished composer with more than 45 feature film credits.
Jill Lockard Jill Lockard Instructor Lockard has taught more than 50 college level courses.

What It’ll Cost:

We know that the price of college can be a huge concern when applying; it’s no small investment. So take a look at our pricing, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success.

Full-Time Part-Time
Tuition $20,505.00 $13,050.00
Production Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Student Activity Fee $105.00 $105.00
Average Course Fees $675.00 $450.00
Annual Tuition and Fees $21,780.00 $14,100.00