Matthew Goodwin Akers

Matthew Goodwin Akers

Matthew Goodwin Akers, SCAD sound design professor

Matthew Goodwin Akers

  • B.S., design, Clemson University, 1993
  • M.F.A., art and technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997
First year at SCAD:

"The most powerful inspiration for my teaching would certainly be the great educators of my past. The teachers in my life have profoundly shaped my character and the quality of my work. I aspire to have that same effect on my students every time I enter the classroom."


Developing and launching the world's first interdisciplinary bachelor of arts and masters of fine arts degree offering in sound design here at SCAD in 2003.


  • Electronic Music Foundation
  • Game Audio Network Guild

Publications and presentations

Exhibitions (Excerpt):
Audio-visual performance
Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah 2012

Sound installation
SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, 2010

Experimental film
SXSW Film Conference and Festival, Austin, Texas, 2002

Interactive sound, video sculpture installation
Exhibited at Eighth International Symposium on Electronic Arts 1997

Previous Positions

Department chair and professor of sound design, Savannah College of Art and Design; adjunct professor of sound, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; associate producer and sound designer for Sky Boy Interactive

Courses Taught

  • SNDS 105 Desktop Audio
  • SNDS 201 Introduction to Sound Design
  • SNDS 223 Intermediate Sound Design
  • SNDS 225 Sound in Media
  • SNDS 260 Sound Art
  • SNDS 314 MIDI Technologies for Sound Design
  • SNDS 330 Modular Synthesis and Audio Programming
  • SNDS 335 Audiovisual Synthesis
  • SNDS 355 Sound for the Web and Interactive Media
  • SNDS 440 Postproduction Sound
  • SNDS 701 Sound Design for Film and Video
  • SNDS 711 Audio Signal Processing
  • SNDS 762 Modular Synthesis