Bsc/ BA in Filmmaking with Specialisations | (3 Years)

Programme Overview

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

The objective of this 3-year, 6-semester program is to create complete filmmaking professionals. Over the program of their study, students will have classes in theory of filmmaking and its various specializations along with hands-on practical instruction. This learning leads to multiple projects during the program – some individual and many in groups. Students are also introduced to works of master filmmakers through screenings and analyses. Frequent Master Classes by practicing filmmakers round out their learning.

The first year of the program is the Foundation Year. In this two-semester foundation program, 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 analyses, workshops and interactions with global filmmakers. Along with core filmmaking programs, students also take classes in Contextual Studies (General Education). These subjects will help students understand their core subjects better and create complete filmmakers.

The foundation year develops within students their own unique story development and filmmaking perspectives and vision. The program also promotes individual professional conduct, communication skills and leadership qualities.

For the rest of the four semesters, along with Contextual Studies (GE) subjects, students choose Electives to specialize in one of the following areas:

Opportunities for Graduates

The Indian film industry has been growing at around 12% and television industry at over 15% over the last decade. It is estimated that by 2018 the required manpower by the Indian Entertainment industry will be around 5 million personnel.

It is also estimated that 70% of a 100 mark paper of the core personnel in the Entertainment Industry (the creative personnel) are not trained. The opportunities for trained personnel is immense in the near and long term future.

Teaching Methods

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

Practical classes: Filmmakers learn by doing. So hands-on practical learning supports all theory and forms the bulk of the training.

Interaction with professionals: Through the ‘5th Veda’ and ‘Film Forum’ events WWI regularly invites practicing filmmakers to interact with students… not only to share their professional and creative experiences with them, but to actually make the students work.

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

Projects: Every term students will participate in co-ordinated film projects with students from other departments. It is through these projects that they will learn how to make their own choices in the process of making a film.

Semester I Course Structure

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Course Title

1 Film Analysis and History I
2 Introduction to Indian Arts
3 English Language
4 Creative Writing
5 Basics of Filmmaking I

Semester II Course Structure

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Course Title

1 Film Analysis and History II
2 Media & Culture – B
3 English Literature
4 Creative Writing
5 Introduction to Animation
6 Understanding of World Art
7 Screenwriting
8 Basics of Filmmaking II

Semester III Course Structure

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Course Title

1

Film Analysis and History III

2

Building Gameworlds

3

Digital Art

4

Understanding Art Context

5

Culture Studies I

6

Art of Color

Specialisation Producing

1

Creative Producing

2

Basics of Line Producing

3

Introduction to the Business of Film

Specialisation Cinematography

1

Cinematography Theory I – B

2

Cinematography Practical I – B

Specialisation Sound Design

1

Sound Recording Techniques & Aesthetics I

2

Studio Shoot Workshop – BR

Specialisation Production Design

1

Introduction to Production Design

2

Visualisation Foundation

3

Set on Soundstage Project

Specialisation VFX

1

Understanding VFX

2

Introduction to 3D Software

3

Match-Moving

4

Basic Compositing

5

Compositing Chroma

6

Lighting and Rendering

Specialisation Editing

1

Grammar of Editing

2

Technique of Editing and Digital Imaging – I

3

Studio Shoot Project – BE

Specialisation Direction

1

Direction Theory I – B

2

Direction Practical I – B

Semester IV Course Structure

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Course Title

 

1

Culture Studies I
 

2

Understanding of World Art
 

3

History of Games II
 

4

Still Photography
 

5

Culture Studies II

Specialisation Producing

 

1

Project Planning
 

2

Line Producing
 

3

Business of Film

Specialisation Cinematography

1 Cinematography Theory II – B
2 Cinematography Practical II – B
3 Studio Shoot Project – BC

Specialisation Sound Design

1 Sound Recording Playback Techniques & Aesthetics II
2 Studio Shoot & Night Shoot Project – BR

Specialisation Production Design

1 Narrative and Décor
2 visualisation Advanced
3 Miniature Set Project

Specialisation VFX

1 VFX Techniques – 1
2 Programming for Artists
3 Semester 4 Project – BV

Specialisation Editing

1 Language of Editing
2 Technique of Editing and Digital Imaging
3 Night Shoot Project – BE

Specialisation Direction

1 Direction Theory II – B
2 Direction Practical II – B

Semester V Course Structure

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Course Title

1 History and Evolution of Theatre
2 Culture Studies II
3 Digital Art
4 Understanding Art Context
5 Introduction to Semiotics / Semiology
6 Music Experience

Specialisation Producing

1 Project Development
2 Location Management
3 Business Development

Specialisation Cinematography

1 Cinematography Theory III – B
2 Cinematography Practical III – B

Specialisation Sound Design

1 Sound Recording Techniques & Aesthetics III
2 Location Shoot Project – BR

Specialisation Production Design

1 Production Design and Technological Advancement
2 Set Design Project
3 Set Construction Project

Specialisation VFX

1 VFX Techniques II
2 Compositing Virtual Reality
3 Introduction to Houdini
4 Dynamics in Houdini

Specialisation Editing

1 Schools of Editing
2 DIT and Colour Correction
3 Location Shoot Project – BE

Specialisation Direction

1 Direction Theory III – B
2 Direction Practical III – B

Semester VI Course Structure

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Course Title

Specialisation Producing

1 Producing
2 Talent Management

Specialisation Cinematography

1 Graduation Film Project – BC

Specialisation Sound Design

1 Gradution Film Project – BR

Specialisation Production Design

1 Graduation Film Project – BN
2 Presentation Project

Specialisation VFX

1 Degree Film Project – BV

Specialisation Editing

1 Aesthetics of Editing
2 Craft of Editing
3 Graduation Film Project – BE

Specialisation Direction

1 Direction Theory IV – B
2 Direction Practical IV – B
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