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Audio Engineering : Institutions and scope
 
Gopakumar Karakonam
 
Do you want  to become an  Audio Engineer or Sound Recordist  and sound  designer ? Are you a graduate  in any discipline and have studied physics at Plus two level ? Definitely  you can opt Postgraduate  diploma course in sound recording and sound design or audio engineering .
           
Sound  or audio  engineering involves the indepth study of the technical and creative   aspects of sound recording, sound designing, editing and mixing. The film and television   industry always needs talented professionals in the field of sound or audio engineering.
           
Those  who desire to become sound or audio engineers  can pursue professional courses  in sound recording and design, audiography and sound engineering. Graduates in any discipline who have studied  physics at Plus two level are eligible for admission to these courses.

Study Facilities
           
There are several institutions offered different level courses in sound engineering. Prominent   among them are as follows:
           
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune,  an autonomous  institution under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , offers a three year full time Postgraduate  diploma course in Sound recording and Sound design. Intake capacity is 14 seats. Bachelors degree holders in any discipline who have studied physics at Plus two level are eligible for admission.
           
The Institute also offers a Postgraduate certificate course in sound recording and television engineering. Total number of seats available for this course is 12.  Eligibility criteria  is same as mentioned above.
           
The selection to above courses is based on an all India level admission test conducted by  the  FTII  followed by an interview. In Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram will be the test centre. For details visit the website
www.ftiindia.com

Address:  The  Registrar, Film and Television Institute of India, Law College Road, Pune – 411004 ( Phone: 020 – 2542656). Admission notification can be expected in the February / March every year.
           
The  Satyajit Ray Film and Television  Institute, an autonomous institution under the Union Government conducts a three year full time residential Postgraduate diploma  course in Cinema Audiography. The number of seats available  is 10. Bachelors degree holders in any discipline who have studied physics at the plus two level are eligible for admission. The upper age limit is 30 years. The selection is based on an admission test and  an interview. For details  visit the website
www.srfti.gov.in.

Address: The  Registrar, Satyajit Ray Film and Television  Institute , EM  Bypass Road. P.O, Panchasayar, Kolkata – 700094. Admission notification can be expected during April / May every year.
           
The MGR Government Film and Television Institute , CIT Campus,  Taramani, Chennai – 600113, under the  Government of Tamil Nadu,  offers diploma course in  film technology and television production (sound recording and sound engineering). Those who have passed  Plus two with physics and chemistry or diploma holders in  electrical or  electronics and communication  engineering are eligible  for admission. Total seats – 14. Most of the seats are earmarked for natives of  Tamil Nadu.
           
The Biju Patnaik Film and Television institute of Orissa, Cuttack - 753007 offers a three  year full time diploma course in sound and television  engineering. Candidates who have passed Plus two in Science subjects are eligible for admission. The selection is based  on an aptitude  test and  interview. For more details visit
www.bpftio.org. (Phone: 0671 – 2413968).
           
The  Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication,  Pune offers three year full time course called Bachelor of Media Studies with specialisation in  audio and visual production. Eligibility – Plus Two pass in any subjects combination with atleast 50 percent  marks in aggregate. Selection is based  on entrance test and interview conducted by the institute. For more details visit
www.simc.edu.
           
The School of Communication under the International School of Business and Media  offers BSc degree in Media Communication and Multimedia technology. A pass in Plus two examination is the minimum eligibility for admission. The school also conduct MSc degree in Media Communication, Television and radio production. Graduates are eligible for admission.  More details can be  had from the website
www.isbm.edu.in
           
The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) with study facilities and studios in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai  and Delhi conducts degree and diploma courses in audio engineering. SAE  offers BA degree in digital  film and recording, a comprehensive degree programme in film and audio engineering. This three year course covers various areas like sound design, film production, computer graphics design, broadcast  production, studio management, video production for multimedia and so on.  The Diploma in Recoding  Arts (sound engineering) programme of SAE offers intensive training and covers every aspects of music and audio production from tracking to  mixing  and mastering. This  course  has eleven modules  including introduction to basic studio studies, audio equipment music theory, advanced studio studies, digital  recording and mixing,  accoustics,  postproduction and so on. A pass in Plus two is the minimum  qualification for admission to these courses.  For more details visit
www.saeindia.net or www.sae.edu. SAE is accredited  globally by the Middlesex University, London.
           
Whistling  Woods International Institute for Film and Television   Animation and Media Arts, Mumabi – 400065 conducts  a two year full time  course in sound recording. For more details visit
www.whistlingwoods.net .

In Kerala
           
The Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), Thiruvananthapuram offers  one year  Post Graduate diploma course in science and development communication for graduates in any disciplines. Course contents include sound recording, scripting, direction, video production and editing. For more details visit
www.cditcourse.org or www.cdit.org.
           
The Keltron Advanced  Training Centre, Thiruvananthapuram,  conducts a short term diploma  coursed in sound engineering.
           
The Amrita School of Arts and Science, Brahmasthanam, Edappally, Kochi offers two year full time MFA course in visual media. Graduates  in any discipline with  50 percent marks  are eligible  for admission. The course covers mass communication, visual media and arts, videography  and audiography, creative writing,  production, design, media management and so  on. The School also offers BSc degree  in Visual Media  for students who have passed Plus two in any subject combination. For details visit
www.amrita.edu.
           
St Joseph College of Communication, Kurisummod, Changanacheery, affiliated to MG University, Kottayam,  offers  an MA degree course in Cinema  and  Television for graduates in any discipline . (
www.sjcc.co.in, www.mediavillageindia.com) (Phone 0481- 2722225).
           
Bhavan’s Institute of Media Studies, T.D. Road , Kochi – 682011 offers PG Diploma Course in Television and Journalism  and diploma in film making. For the  PG Diploma course, Graduates in any discipline are eligible and for the diploma courses, candidates who have passed Plus two examination can apply. For more details visit
www.bims.ac.in.
           
Film Actor Mohanlal’s Vismaya Studio, Thiruvananthapuram offers training facilities  in audio engineering.

Job Opportunities
           
Professionally trained  Sound or Audio  Engineers  or Sound recordists can  seek employment in recording studios;  film and television studio, film and multimedia organization, Post production units and so on as studio sound recordist or live sound engineer, location recordist, sound designer, sound effects editor, music and dialogue editor, sound mixing engineer, studio manager and so on. Job opportunities  for audio engineers and technicians are available  in various field of the  entertainment industry such as film, television, multimedia  design, animation and CD production units. FM radio stations, private TV channel and advertising firms also recruit sound engineers.

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