Interactive Arts and Media

Joseph Cancellaro, Ph.D.

Title: Interim Chair

Phone: 312-369-7063


Office: 916 S. Wabash, Room 101A





Dr. Cancellaro is an accomplished composer and sound designer. His music has been performed around the world and he has written numerous film scores. Interactive audio and sound sculptures are also a significant part of his output. 

While in Europe he worked for the BBC and ECAT in Great Britain as well as the Warsaw Electro-acoustic Music Studio in Poland. Dr. Cancellaro has taught at the University of Edinburgh, The I.M Paderewski Poznan Academy of Music in Poland, the Polytechnical Institute in Poland, and was the senior sound designer at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center also in Poland. He is the author of 'Sound Design for Interactive Audio' published by Thompson Delmar Learning in 2005 which is used a textbook at many institutions. Along with his musical and sound design accomplishments, Dr. Cancellaro also works as a 3D designer and teaches the subject as well. Cancellaro has been on the faculty at Columbia College since 2000 and is currently serving as the Interim Chair.


BMus, Composition and Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music in Boston

MMus, Composition, New England Conservatory of Music in Boston

Ph.D., Music Composition, Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Courses Taught

Sound Design for Games I and II

Sound and Music for Interactivity

Music for Games I

Game Scoring

3D Composition for Interactive Media I and II

Areas of Interest

Music composition

Film scoring

Sound design

Interactive audio sculpture

Game audio

Professional Work

Sound Design for Interactive Audio, published by Thompson Delmar Learning