Sound designers work on sound installation in theaters, concerts and in films, in collaboration with musicians and composers. The job involves being a kind of intermediary between musicians and artistic directors and adapting music to the venue or work that is being worked on at any given time.

Sound designers can work in all fields of music and performing arts, in radio and television, as well as producing commercials and working in recording studios.

Main tasks

– idea work in collaboration with artistic directors, composers and musicians
– preparing and deciding how best to handle sound in individual projects
– supervising sound during a show in collaboration with the sound engineer
– setting up audio equipment, testing sound mixing and reviewing technical issues
– creating various sound effects, such as rain, thunder, and echoes
– ensuring all equipment and tools are in order
– minor repairs

Competence requirements

A sound designer should optimally have a music education, a good ear for music or some other kind of music experience. It is important to be able to work independently on individual recordings as well as in teams when working in a theater or on larger projects. Education or knowledge of electrical engineering is also very useful, as the work involves electrical devices. Good computer skills are also desirable, as well as organizational and leadership skills.


Specialized sound design studies are not available in Iceland, but elsewhere in the Nordic countries it is possible to study recordproduction and theatrical sound engineering. Sound technology is taught at the Technical College as a one-year 60-credit course, but two years of secondary school must have been completed before. Shorter courses have also been offered in collaboration with recording studios.

Validation of prior learning as a sound designer has taken place and/or may be available.

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