Music & New Media


The 21st-century is one in which the overwhelming majority of cultural projects rely on digital media at all stages of production and presentation. Digital media facilitates immersive, multimedia experiences that inform, enrich, and transform our lives. The Music & New Media program provides training in digital media concepts and skills necessary for the creation and production of sound for public performance, music albums, digital video, internet applications, interactive media, cinema, commercials, video games, theater, dance, and software development.

Students have the flexibility in the curriculum to focus on their own goals and interests after completing the minimum requirements of the program in audio engineering, acoustics, sound design, electronic music, sound analysis, sound art, and creative new media projects. Students design and realize a Capstone project with direct faculty oversight. These projects reflect the student’s own focus, interests, and goals.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in music and new media arts that emphasize presentation, performance, and research with technology, including audio and video production for multimedia communications, music recording, audio and video post-production, sound engineering, sound design for film and gaming, sound art, sound and image research, public performance, and computer music composition.

The New Media Lab supports research, production, and creative work in the fields of music production, multimedia production, electronic music performance, and sound art. The lab is modular, meaning that the space can be quickly transformed into an audio recording studio, a video production studio, or a space for experimental music performance. Two additional multichannel audio and video production studios are equipped with powerful Macintosh computers, various digital audio interfaces, auxiliary digital and analog hardware, and specialized software.


Admission to the Music & New Media program at the University of Louisville has three required components, which are listed below. Admission to the New Media program must include successful admission to both the University of Louisville and the School of Music.

1) Admission to the University of Louisville

These requirements usually include such things as prerequisite degrees, acceptable GPA, and, for foreign students, minimum TOEFL scores. The list is only an example and is not complete or official. Please be sure to review all university-wide requirements for admission. 

2) Admission to the School of Music

For undergraduate students, this includes a successful audition on an instrument or voice. This is required of all potential undergraduate New Media majors. Please review the information on the School of Music web pages for this information or contact the instrumental or vocal faculty directly. 

3) Admission to the Music & New Media program

Applicants to the BA program with emphasis in Music & New Media must also submit a portfolio of work that includes the following: three or four samples of original creative work, i.e., music composition, song writing, sound recording, sound for video or multimedia, electronic music, creative writing, photography, visual art, sound art, etc. Evidence of experience using personal computers in the production of creative work is helpful. The goal of the New Media portfolio review is to determine the creative potential of a prospective student. Professional productions or commercial-ready work is not expected.

*Note that admission to the New Media program is not possible without admission to both the University of Louisville and the School of Music. Although the New Media faculty may find your portfolio admissible, this is only one component of the admission process, and you must be admitted to the University of Louisville and the School of Music to become a Music & New Media major.