P.G.D.A.E (Post Graduate Diploma In Audio Engineering)


IHRD, owned by the Govt. of Kerala has been a pioneer in the field of imparting technical education in the field of Electronics and Computer science right from 1987 since its inception. IHRD has introduced a new course “Post Graduate Diploma in Audio Engineering“ the very first of its kind in Kerala under the Govt. Sector at College of Applied Science, Vadakkencherry, Palakkad, for aspirants in the audio media industry from July 2010. At present there are only few institutions of repute in India under the Govt. Sector, mainly FTII Pune, Adayar Film institute Chennai, and Satyajit Ray Institute Calcutta where P.G diploma courses of 3 year duration are offered in audiography. Hence the course has been formulated mainly to cater the needs of students who wish to pursue a career in Audio Engineering. Since the need of the hour is to create more professionals in the field in a shorter time span and yet without compromising on the quality of the subject taught, the course has a duration of two semesters with more impetus on practical training. A one month internship at the prestigious “Chitranjali Studios” Thiruvananthapuram is one of the highlights of the course.

The course aims at creating skilled professionals who would be employed at the following levels in the industry.

  • Studio Sound engineer
  • Live sound engineer for Films
  • Mastering engineer
  • Sound engineer in T.V and Radio media
  • Audio post-production
  • Electronic musician
  • Sales and installation of Studio Equipment and Recording Software
  • Studio manager
  • A&R executive
  • Digital media entrepreneur

The services of the best available experts in the field of Audio Engineering for theory and practical’s will be another highlight of the course. A new Audio Recording Studio “AARABHI” was specially constructed in the campus which has the best available hardware and software of international standards to impart hands on training to the students. The students enjoy the facilities of an ultra modern fully multimedia and 5.1 surround enabled classroom. Each student gets to work on an individual dual boot system with OSX/Windows with MBox Mini hardware.They are being trained on PROTOOLS and LOGIC STUDIO on both Mac and Windows platforms on world class DIGIDESIGN hardware.

The sixth batch of students in their second semester of study, will be out by July 2016 after completing their project and internship. The Diploma will be awarded by I.H.R.D, which is a Govt. of Kerala undertaking

Former Minister for Education and Culture and former Chairman of I.H.R.D., Shri. M.A Baby, formally inaugurated the “PGDAE” course and “AARABHI” Recording studio on 13.02.11.


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Duration: 1 Year (Two semesters)
Admission Time: June
Notification Time: May/June
Eligibility: A valid University Degree in any discipline with affinity for music.
Age: No age bar
Selection: Based on marks obtained in the qualifying examination, personal interview and a written test if necessary
Number of seats: 10
Course Fee: Rs. 33,750/- + 18% G.S.T + 1% Flood cess (per semester)

Contact details:

Pradip Somasundaran
Principal & Course Co-ordinator
College of Applied Science
Tel: 04922-255061
Mob: 09447084761
e-mail: principal@casvdy.org