SVA Film & Animation

At SVA, sound is an individualized concentration. We are one of the very few undergraduate or graduate schools to specialize in this training.

Sound is an invisible, yet essential, craft—and every year a small number of students discover a love for this crucial dimension of film art. SVA Film offers an individually designed concentration built according to your interests on the foundation of our sound curriculum.

SVA is fortunate to have among its sound faculty Chris Newman, a three-time Academy Award winner for sound, to both teach and advise students in and beyond the basics—production and postproduction sound recording, mixing, booming, sound effects and scoring.

  • You work with professional mixers through practicums, and design independent studies in area of special interest.
  • You record and design your own soundtracks.
  • You have opportunities to intern at some of the best sound companies in the country, including New York’s Gotham Sound.

SVA’s state-of-the-art sound equipment includes everything you need to learn your craft for both practice and filming. Among the choices are multitrack sound design recorders and mixers, professional microphones from Sennheiser, Neumann, and others, as well as radio microphones from Lectro and Sennheiser.

A comprehensive Pro Tools, Foley, ADR and mixing facility is available for all sound postproduction needs.