Sound Design- 6 months

Certificate course in Sound Design


Welcome to the Orange Film Academy and Research Centre. Our Six-month long certified onlinecourse on Sound Design is meant to make you a professional Sound Designer by going through all the tips and tricks you need to improve your sound design skills.

The responsibility of a sound designer is to record, acquire, edit and create various audio elements in a movie. He has to work with the scriptwriter, director, and the sound mixing engineer to achieve the result.

This course will help you to learn new Digital Audio Workstations like Protools and others so as to create your own unique sound design.You will go through recording devices such aslocation recorders, mixing consoles and control surfaces.  This is also an opportunity for you to learn sound recording essentials from microphones and loud speakers to sound tracks in a movie, sync sound and ADR, dialogue recording, foley recording and music recording, sound pre andpost production, sound design, sound mix etc. You will get familiarized with digital recording tools and digital recording technology- audio interfaces, Digital Audio Workstations like Pro Tools, Sound Edit and plug-in processors and look at some sound design tips and tricks with tracks. Basic studio acoustics is also a subject that you will learn from the masters.The course is designed to turn a beginner into a professional sound designer. If you are proficient, the course will enable you to take your productions to the next level with your new sound design skills.

Faculty members are masters built on their experiences in many different fields of sound engineering and sound design. We have three-times national award-winning sound designer T. Krishnanunni as the Head of the Department. Faculty Jayadevan Chakkadath is also a national and state award winner and an industry-expert. Other faculty members Ajith George, Ramesh Ramakrishnan, Subramanian K.V.are also award winners and leading working professionals of the industry.

Apart from the syllabus based classes, we will have masterclasses and workshops by veterans like Issac Thomas Kottukappalli, Vinod P S, Arun Varma,Harikumar Madhavan Nair,Harindranath Dwarak Warrier,Raj Marthandam and others to hone your skill in Sound Design.

The course is given 100% Online, so that you can learn at the comfort of your home. The course material can be accessed for one year that will help you to watch the same lessons multiple times to understand the concept thoroughly. This will help self-paced and flexible kind of learning. On discussions forum, students can ask questions and working together to solve each other’s questions. As a student, what you need is an access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.

After the course, various job opportunities are available in the market such as Digital media entrepreneur, Studio sound recordist, Audio Engineer, Location recordist, Studio Designer, Live Sound Engineer, Radio Sound Engineer.

The basic qualification is Plus Two and there is no age limit. Anyone who wants to learn classic sound design techniques, anyone who wants to polish their skills further, and anyone who wants to be a professional Sound Designer can do this course.

New batches will start at the beginning of each month. I hope to see you in this course!

  • Classes for 4 hours per week on alternate days.
  • Assessment will be made at the end of each semester
  • A mandatory student project (10-15 minute-long digital film) will be the part of the course

Learning structure: self/Instructor-paced

Duration:                    6 Months

Method of teaching:  Recorded and Online classes

Language of Instruction:English

Program starts: 1st November, 2020

Eligibility:          Senior secondary school or equivalent

Course Fee: Rs. 40,000/-

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Module 1

  • History of sound recording, Media for recording
    Analog and Digital sound
  • Perception of sound, Anatomy of ear, Frequency range and response,
    sound monitoring, dynamic range, loudness, frequency,
    wave transmission,amplitude, wavelength, velocity, phase etc
    Different types of waves, harmonics,sound level and measurement
    Loudness curves, perspective, space and time, psychoacoustics
  • Analog recorders, synhcronisation
    Basic recording chain,Basic studio set-up,

Module 2
Digital Sound Recording, Sound cards, Input devices,Sampling,
Quantisation,Buffering, synchronization, word clock, Time codes, etc.

  • Recording devices,Basic DAWs and control surfaces
    Sound processing and processors, plug in processors,
  • Acoustics . Sound fields,Acoustic Materials, sound reflection and absorption,
  • Reverb , echo etc. ,pitch and frequency,  loudness and intensity,resonance
    and applications, monitoring in different spaces,
    Studio acoustics , calibration of studios and theatres
  • Dialogue edit, track cleaning, noise reduction
  • Softwares used.
  • Production sound mix.
  • ADR and sync sound in detail
  • Sound Design.The concept, what is it and how is it done
  • Recording sound effects,ambience sounds, other sound effects
  • Foley recording, foley stage and foley artiste
  • Foley production Demo Raj Marthandam
  • Master class on sound for documentaries Harikumar Madhavan Nair    

60 Marks and assignments      Total 15 Hrs

Equipments used in recording , basic details

Sound script

  • Microphones, polar pattern, different kinds and loud speakers

Microphone placements for different requirements,

Stereo, X-Y, MS 5.1 mics etc

  • Workshop on digital recorders, microphone placements,boom operation etc.
  • [5 weeks x 3days] 15 Hrs
  • 60 marks question and assignments
  • Sound tracks in films, dialogue, effects, music, Recording studios

ADR, voice recording, studios for the same

  • Master class on acoustics [studio and theatre]                     

60 mark questions and assignments

Total 15 Hrs

Module 3

  • Sync sound recording.Challenges.Communication with actors and directors
  • Equipments, microphones to be used.Field recorders ,field mics,Boom man,
    boom operation

Module 4

  • BGM and songs .Music recording studios
  • Softwares for music recording. Process of recording Music Premix 5.1
  • Master class by Issac Thomas Kottukapally Music for film
  • Aesthetics of sound mix and sound mixing
  • Advanced Sound design..Class with film viewing suggested
  • Basic sound mixer, input and output modules, control surfaces , sound tracks,
  • Sound pre mix, Mix formats, Analog mixers,Control surfaces,Mix down,
  • International track, Monitoring formats, Mastering,OTT
  • Master class on sound mix and modern concepts
    60 Marks questions and assignments and Project


(Normally we provide 10 hours of practical classes per month. But due to Covid19 scenario, we plan to provide 20 hours of practical classes during the last two months of the course, only if situation allowed to do so.)

ALL the study materials can be accessed for one year.