Advanced Diploma in Acting | (2 Years)

Programme Overview

Awarded by: The Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.

The programme serves as both a training ground and an educational field for the student aspiring to be an actor. The objective of this programme is to teach the art and craft of acting primarily for cinema, as well as, for all other allied acting careers; television, advertising, theatre & the voice-over industry.

An actor’s primary aim is to be truthful and believable in the performance of any character that he/she might be asked to play, in any genre or in any medium. To this end, our training is geared towards providing students with a skill set that is tailor-made for the each of them, helping them work through their weaknesses and polish their strengths.

Through this programme, theory is balanced with practice and is applied to every aspect, be it dramatic literature, script analysis, film & voice-over techniques or the theories behind movement and vocal expression. Students will however spend a good amount of time performing, in both classroom exercises as well as studio-based exercises and projects. With in-depth classroom exercises on acting, voice and movement, camera training, industry guidance and an understanding of filmmaking, we aim to graduate thinking, expressive, informed and creative actors with the ability to work across genres and the confidence to take on the challenges of the entertainment industry.

Teaching Methods

Theory lectures: These lectures will be interactive and students will be encouraged to participate actively. For certain specialised topics, leading professionals and industry guest lecturers will be invited.

Practical classes: Actors learn with practical experience. Hence, hands-on practical learning supports all theory and forms the bulk of the training. Be it dance, yoga, voice, singing, Kalaripayattu (martial arts), scene work, acting exercises or improvisations, students will learn implementation of theory by practical learning.

Workshops: Specialists will be called in to conduct workshops on specific acting skills and areas like make up, costumes, mime & clowning, combat & stunts, auditioning, grooming etc.

Interaction with professionals: The acting department regularly invites practicing directors and casting directors to interact with students, not only to share their professional and creative experiences with them, but to make the students understand the implication of their work. Workshops with professional directors are conducted, who guide them in film scenes replicating a professional shoot scenario and demanding from them the same professionalism they expect from working actors.

Film viewing and script-analyses: Students will regularly analyse and deconstruct screenplays of existing films, to gain an in-depth understanding of the actor’s process.

Projects: Every term, acting students will participate in co-ordinated film projects with students from other filmmaking departments, where they will learn how to make their own choices in the creation of believable performances.

Semester I Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMAA 1101 Film Analysis for Actors – A 2 0 2 30
FMAA 1102 Allied Arts of Filmmaking 2 0 2 30
FMAA 1103 Spoken Hindi – A 2 0 2 30
FMAA 1104 Basics of Filmmaking 6 4 10 210
FMAA 1105 Acting Practical I – A 0 7 7 210
FMAA 1106 Acting Theory I – A 3 0 3 45

Semester II Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMAA 1201 Spoken Hindi Prose – A 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1105 Culture Studies I 2 0 2 30
FMAA 1203 Acting Practical II – A 0 13 13 390
FMAA 1204 Acting Theory II – A 7 0 7 105

Semester III Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1109 Culture Studies II 2 0 2 30
FMAA 2102 Acting Practical III – A 0 14 14 420
FMAA 2103 Acting Theory III – A 4 0 4 60

Semester IV Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMAA 2201 Acting Practical IV – A 0 16 16 480
FMAA 2202 Acting Theory IV – A 2 0 2 30
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