Sound Design for the Theatre: an Introduction
This course introduces elements of sound design for the stage, covering how music and sound effects are used to assist in the overall design and delivery of a production.
A number of tasks throughout the week, such as recording voice, analysing scripts and creating atmospheres with sound, allow you to be creative and learn the techniques and thought processes involved with delivering a sound design. Pro Tools editing and Qlab playback software are at the core of the course.
The course is aimed at those who want to improve their knowledge of the principles of sound design with formal (although practically focused) foundation training. Ideal for people starting out on a career in sound or wanting to transfer skills from similar disciplines.
17+. Students below the age of 17 are not normally accepted. There is no upper age limit.
Entrance is by written application.
Hours of work
Classes generally take place between 10am and 5pm, from Monday to Friday.
Seminars / classes are not optional. Students are expected to behave in a professional manner.
Punctuality is essential; records are kept of class attendance and are taken into account when the RADA certificate is issued at the end of the course.
How to apply
Applications are now closed.
Frequently asked questions and terms and conditions
Does the course count towards university credits?
There are no University Credits associated with this course.
Can RADA help me to find accommodation?
Accommodation is not provided for this course.
What is the cancellation policy?
The application form contains full details of our cancellation policy. It is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.
Rules and regulations of the Academy
By participating in the course you undertake to conform to the general rules and regulations of the Academy.
All students must undertake to adhere to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy. The Academy’s Director or Course Director shall, at their absolute discretion, have the right to terminate the course in respect of any student whose presence or conduct is in contravention of the same.
Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals or presentations.
Students must understand, conform and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.
All students are expected to wear the correct and appropriate clothing for each class.
Students are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and hygiene at all times.
Fees are non-returnable once a student has started a course.
Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in the classroom areas without permission from the Academy’s staff.
RADA does not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, disability, ethnicity or sexuality. We welcome applicants from disabled people and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is mainly housed in a newly-refurbished building which provides good access for wheelchair users.
Decisions made by the Academy regarding the selection of instructors, the allocation of students to study groups, the material for that study group and any roles allocated are final and not open to negotiation.
It is strongly recommended that students insure themselves to cover any medical or transport costs and loss of fees in the event of illness or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.
If, for reason of epidemic or national crisis, the Academy is compelled to close during the course, no fees can be returned or compensation be made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work.
It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises. These are Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Parents are therefore advised to ensure that adequate supervision of activities undertaken in the evening and at weekends is provided, as appropriate, during the duration of the course.