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Application Information for Sound Designers in the MFA Program

You have made it to step two. After you finish determining what you need to upload, you should move on to step three - applying to the University of California.

Please upload the following materials by January 6, 2021.

Design applicants must upload a small representative portfolio of CDs, DATs, CD ROMS with your application. Upload at

Official transcripts or official copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended

A minimum of three letters of recommendation (Waiver of Access to Letters of Recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Form at Preference is for online letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.

Statement of purpose. Upload at

Your design portfolio is the most important part of your application to the Design program. It is a measure of your ability to communicate design ideas through visual and aural material, to work with space, color, sound, and form, and the use of research materials. It should document the growth of your work over time, and should include your own work from the last few years. Please do not include examples of work you assisted on, UNLESS the work shown is actually your own.

We would like to see research, work-in-progress, and finished work. This helps us assess your design process. Sound design system configurations, either hand drawn or computer generated, should include equipment list, sound plots, and clearly marked cue sheets. Sound and music samples can be submitted in CD, DAT, ADAT, score, or computer readable multi-channel audio file formats.

These materials should be uploaded at or sent to the following address:

UCSD Theatre and Dance
Grad Admissions
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0344


All design students are encouraged to apply early. Once your application materials have been received and reviewed, you will be contacted by email or phone to set up an interview appointment with the appropriate member of the design faculty. If you have any other questions, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at the Department of Theatre & Dance, telephone 858-534-1046 or by e-mail at

If you are ready, move on and apply to the University of California, San Diego click below:

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If you have questions or would like more information about our Graduate programs, call the Graduate Coordinator at 858-534-1046 or email at