Advance Diploma in Acting | (2 Years)

Programme offered under an agreement with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development- an Institute of National Importance

The AD in Acting degree serves as both a training ground and an education for the student actor. The aim of this department is to teach the art and craft of acting primarily for the cinema, but also 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 and 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 the course, theory is balanced with practice and is applied to every aspect of the course, be it dramatic literature, script analysis, film & voice over techniques or the theories behind movement and vocal expression. Students will however spend large parts of the course performing in both classroom exercises as well as studio based exercises and projects. With in-depth classroom work on acting, voice and movement; camera training; industry guidance and crucially an understanding of filmmaking and appreciation for cinema, we aim to graduate thinking, expressive, informed and creative actors with the ability to work across genres and media and the confidence to take on the challenges of the entertainment industry.

Overview of the Acting Industry

The Acting industry in India is one of the most in demand professions, with a career in Bollywood being a dream of thousands. Hopefuls pour in from every corner of the country and from abroad to try their luck here. And with the growth of the Television industry, with advertising preferring actors over models, with more and more opportunities in voicing, with the internet opening up as new medium, the demand for actors has grown exponentially.


The industry is also slowly moving towards a more organised structure, with casting directors being used by most production houses today. The demand therefore for skilled and trained professionals who can seamlessly adapt to performing in different mediums is greater than in the past.



Course Structure

This is a two-year course to be delivered over four semesters. The first semester of the course is the Foundation Semester.  In this semester long foundation programme, all students are exposed to the many disciplines of filmmaking – Screenwriting, Producing, Direction, Production Design, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design.

Along with such inputs, students also get inputs into Allied Arts.  Students are also exposed to the best of Cinema from the point of view of Acting.

Finally, inputs in Acting round out the semester.

Students receive instruction through a powerful integration of student productions, classroom theoretical instruction, motion picture screenings and analyses, workshops and interactions with global filmmakers.

For the rest of the three semesters, along with Contextual Studies (GE) subjects, students will specialize in Acting.


Types of Courses:  There are courses in this Programme, some mandated while others are chosen by students:

  1. General Education Courses: These courses offer a context to students learning, enabling them to understand historical developments in their specific areas of interest as well as allied areas such as classical and folk art, cinema, photography, urban mythology and digital art etc.
  2. Core Courses: These courses are mandated by the Programme Head of a course and all students in the Programme have to take them.


Semester-wise distribution of Credits


Sem Core Theory Theory Hours Core Practical Practical Hours GE Theory GE Hours Total Credits Total Hours
1 9 135 11 330 6 90 26 555
2 7 105 13 390 4 60 24 555
3 4 60 14 420 2 30 20 510
4 2 30 16 480 0 0 18 510
Total 22 330 54 1620 12 180 88 2130
Subject Credits Hours
GE 12 180
Theory 22 330
Practical 54 1620
Total 88 2130



Semester I Course Structure

Course Code Course 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 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 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 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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