BA in Screenwriting | (3 Years)

Programme Overview

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

The objective of this 3-year, 6-semester course is to help create professional screenwriters. They need to develop writing skills that will help them write in a wide range of genres, cinema as well as television, with some basic understanding of the craft of writing short films, corporate films, documentaries and advertisement films. The deeper aim of this course is to help student-writers discover their own voice, free up their creativity, hone their intuition and impart to them the skills through which they are able to write their own original as well as others’ stories. The course makes students learn screenwriting by actual hands-on writing, with active mentoring from faculty, combined with a study of the widest range of cinema and narrative literature, via intensive theory classes, workshops, and interaction with many senior and experienced writers and writer-directors. Apart from this, the course offers other educational inputs from the field of culture and arts, especially from theater, and from ancient narrative traditions like mythology and folk tales.

The first year of the course is the Foundation Year. In this two-semester foundation programme, all students are exposed to the many disciplines of filmmaking – Screenwriting, Producing, Direction, Acting, VFX, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design. Students receive instruction through a powerful integration of student productions, classroom theoretical instruction, motion picture screenings and analysis, workshops and interactions with global filmmakers. Along with core filmmaking courses, students also take classes in Contextual Studies (General Education).

The film foundation semesters develop within students, their own unique story development and filmmaking perspectives and vision. The course also promotes individual professional conduct, communication skills and leadership qualities.

The rest of the four semesters of the course will develop screenwriting skills in students to make them ready to become professionals in the Indian Film Industry.

Semester I Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1101 English Language 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1102 Film Analysis and History I 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1103 Introduction to Indian Arts 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1104 Creative Writing 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1105 Introduction to Media & Communication 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1106 Introduction to Filmmaking I 7 6 13 285

Semester II Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1117 English Literature 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1113 Film Analysis and History II 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1203 Introduction to Animation 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1119 Understanding of World Art 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1205 Screenwriting 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1206 Introduction to Filmmaking II 6 8 14 330

Semester III Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1111 Film Analysis and History III 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1118 Understanding Art Context 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1105 Culture Studies I 2 0 2 30
FMBS 2103 Essentials of Screenwriting – B 5 6 11 255
FMBS 2105 Writing a Short Film – B 0 7 7 210

Semester IV Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1109 Culture Studies II 2 0 2 30
FMBS 2202 Advanced Screenwriting – B 6 6 12 270
FMBS 2203 Writing for Television 0 6 6 180

Semester V Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1120 History and Evolution of Theatre 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1121 Music Experience 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1110 Culture Studies III 2 0 2 30
FMBS 2204 Writing the Screenplay 0 6 6 180
FMBS 3105 Writing for Documentaries, Ads & other media 0 6 6 180
FMBS 3106 Working with Genre 2 4 6 150

Semester VI Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

FMGE 1112 Culture Studies IV 2 0 2 30
FMBS 3202 The Art of Adaptation – B 0 12 12 360
FMBS 3203 The Assigned Plot – B 0 6 6 180