Take a moment and think about what you do every day. Does at least one waking hour pass by in complete silence, without even the slightest whirr of sound? Didn’t think so. Sound is all around us – in the music we listen to, the movies we watch and the games we play.
As a sound designer, you will mix up your music and tech skills to find and create unique sounds for movies, video games, film or TV to trigger our emotions – be it happiness, excitement or even sadness that puts us on the verge of tears.
Is this career for me?
Good news! You don’t need to be a musician or play a musical instrument to become a sound designer. Love and passion for music is enough to get you started in this career – the rest you’ll pick up in your studies.
Become the next Ben Burtt who is famous for creating sound effects for Star Wars movies such as the lightsabre weapon effect. Imagine a career working at video game companies like Ubisoft, TV stations such as CBC, radio stations like Kiss 92.5, film and video production studios such as the National Film Board of Canada or even advertising agencies.
What will I be doing?
You will be using sound engineering software and your knowledge of music styles to brighten up and enhance our world with new sounds. This involves:
- Designing and producing the overall sound of a production
- Creating sound effects and editing musical scores
- Sometimes recording natural sounds to be used as a soundtrack
- Compiling sound libraries to be used for future work
What education do I need?
Sound design is a diverse career, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there are many ways to get there:
- Specialized sound programs at schools like the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, Trebas Institute, Digital Arts College or Vancouver Film School
- Art, film or media production bachelor’s degree from a university like Queens, York or Ryerson
- Postgraduate certificate programs from schools such as OCAD University