BSc in Filmmaking | (3 Years)

Flim Making

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

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

 

Course Structure

The programme begins broad-based and gradually narrows focus over the three years, allowing students to go progressively deeper into areas of filmmaking that interest them. The first year of the programme is foundational, with students studying all aspects of filmmaking, but with a greater emphasis on liberal arts and social sciences. In this 2-semester foundation programme, all students are exposed to the many disciplines of filmmaking, namely:

  • Cinematography
  • Screenwriting
  • Direction
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Production Design
  • Sound Recording & Design
  • VFX
  • Virtual Production

Second year onwards, students can make choices in the filmmaking tracks they want to study. Therefore, in the third semester students choose 4 out of the 9 tracks they studied in the foundation year, with the focus narrowing in the following semester where they pick 3 out of the previously chosen 4 tracks.

In the last year of their undergraduate studies, students are required to pick 2 tracks from the 3 they’ve picked in the previous semesters and focus on the learnings provided by these.
Along with this, students also get to choose contextual studies electives from a range of courses available to them across different disciplines, areas and schools. These contextual studies courses fall into two major categories:

  • Filmmaking and Storytelling: These courses are related to critical theory, film analysis and storytelling techniques such as courses in film analysis and history, cinematic aesthetics, narrative study, art and literature, gender studies etc
  • Related disciplines: These courses are entry-level courses offered by related disciplines such as improv and dance, grooming etc

Opportunities for Graduates

  • Today Indian films (Bollywood) is becoming more and more popular in Western countries. More people are aware of the Indian industry
  • Technology is making films less expensive to make and this low entry fee allows more filmmakers to express themselves in this medium
  • Distribution patterns are going through major flux with the digital domain changing everything.
  • More and more theaters and TV channels are coming up giving more opportunities to filmmakers to show their work.
  • The Indian government is framing rules and regulations to help the entertainment industry.
Sem Core Theory Hours Core Practical Hours Total Core Total Core Hours GE Credits GE Hours Total Credits Total Hours
1 6 90 4 120 10 210 12 210 22 420
2 6 90 4 120 10 210 12 240 22 450
3 1/7 15/105 9/15 270/450 16 375/465 6/8 90/210 22/24 465/675
4 1/11 15/165 7/17 210/510 18 375/525 4/6 60/90 22/24 435/615
5 0/12 0/180 12/24 360/720 24 540/720 0 0 24 540/720
6 0/12 0/180 12/24 360/720 24 540/720 0 0 24 540/720
Total 14/54 210/810 48/88 1440/2640 102 2250/2850 34/38 570/720 136/140 2820/2925

Semester I Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

Core GE
FMBG 1102 Popular Indian Cinema I 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1103 Indian Parallel and Independent Cinema 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1104 Acting Basics 0 2 2 60
FMBG 1108 Introduction to Media Studies 2 0 2 30
Elective GE (Any 2 of the following)
MCBE 1102 Introduction to Literature 2 0 2 30
ANGE 1205 Introduction to Indian Art and Aesthetics 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1110 Indian Narrative Traditions 2 0 2 30
Total GE 11 2 13 225
FMBG 1101 Filmmaking Basics I 6 4 10 210
Total Core 6 4 10 210
Grand Total 17 6 23 435

Semester II Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

Core GE
FMBG 1202 Film Analysis I (Short Films) 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1208 Popular Indian Cinema II 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1209 Storyboarding 0 2 2 60
FMBG 1210 Oral Storytelling 2 0 2 30
Elective GE (Any 2 of the following)
MCBE 1201 Indian Literature – Voices and Perspectives 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1134 Emergence of Western Art 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1211 A Song and Dance about Everything 2 0 2 30
Total GE 11 2 13 225
FMBG 1201 Filmmaking Basics II 6 4 10 210
Total Core 6 4 10 210
Grand Total 17 6 23 435

Semester III Course Structure

Course Code

Course Title

Theory Credits

Practical Credits

Total Credits

Total Hours

Core GE
FMBG 2101 Film Analysis II (Indian Films) 2 0 2 30
Elective GE (Minimum 2 and Maximum 3 of the following)
MCBG 1114 Theatre and Drama 0 2 2 60
FMGE 1105 Culture Studies I 2 0 2 30
FMBG 1109 Mythology and Folktales 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1135 Emergence of Contemporary Art 2 0 2 30
FSBC 1102 Personality Development, Makeup and Grooming 0 2 2 60
DSBG 1102 Introduction to Semiotics and Semiology 2 0 2 30
FMBA 1112 Understanding Movement 0 2 2 60
ANBC 1203 Imaginary World of the Story 2 0 2 30
ANGE 3103 Digital Art 2 0 2 30
Total GE 2/8 0/6 6/8 90/210
Elective Core (Choose any 4 of the following 9 tracks)
Track 1: Cinematography
FMBC 2105 Cinematography I Theory 1 0 1 15
FMBC 2106 Cinematography I Practical 0 3 3 90
Total Cinematography Track 1 3 4 105
Track 2: Direction
FMBD 2103 Perspective and Visualization Theory 1 0 1 15
FMBD 2104 Perspective and Visualization Practical 0 3 3 90
Total Direction Track 1 3 4 105
Track 3: Editing
FMBE 2106 Grammar of Editing 2 0 2 30
FMBE 2107 Technique of Editing and Digital Imaging I 0 2 2 60
Total Editing Track 2 2 4 90
Track 4: Producing
FMBP 2104 Understanding Creative Producing 1 1 2 45
FMBP 2105 Line Producing Basics 1 1 2 45
Total Producing Track 2 2 4 90
Track 5: Production Design
FMBN 2105 Set and Studio Visits 0 1 1 30
FMBN 2106 Visualization (Foundation) 0 2 2 60
FMBN 2107 Set Essentials Workshop 0 1 1 30
Total Production Design Track 0 4 4 120
Track 6: Screenwriting
FMBS 2108 Developing a Story 2 0 2 30
FMBS 2109 Writing a Short Film 0 2 2 60
Total Screenwriting Track 2 2 4 90
Track 7: Sound Design
FMBR 2104 Sound Design I Theory 1 0 1 15
FMBR 2105 Sound Design I Practical 0 3 3 90
Total Sound Design Track 1 3 4 105
Track 8: VFX
FMBV 2110 Foundation in Compositing 0 4 4 120
Total VFX Track 0 4 4 120
Track 9: Virtual Production
FMBT 2101 Basics of Game Engine 0 2 2 60
FMBT 2102 Basics of VFX 0 2 2 60
Total Virtual Production Track 0 4 4 120
Total Core 1/7 9/15 16 375/465
Grand Total 4/16 8/20 22/24 465/675

Semester IV Course Structure

Core GE (Any 1 of the following 2)
FMBG 2202 Film Analysis III (History and Movements) 2 0 2 30
FMBG 2203 Films Through the Ages (Elements of Cinema) 2 0 2 30
Elective GE (Mimimum 1 and Maximum 2 of the following) 0 0
MCBG 1201 Introduction to Global Politics 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1109 Culture Studies II 2 0 2 30
MUBC 1215 Critical Listening and Analysis 2 0 2 30
FMGE 1134 Emergence of Western Art 2 0 2 30
ANGE 1204 Art of Colour 2 0 2 30
ANGE 2202 Superhero 2 0 2 30
Total GE 4/6 0 4/6 60/90
Elective Core (Choose any 3 of the following 9 tracks)
Students must choose from amongst the 4 tracks taken in semester III
Track 1: Cinematography
FMBC 2207 Cinematography II 0 6 6 180
Total Cinematography Track 0 6 6 180
Track 2: Direction
FMBD 2203 Introduction to Directorial Approaches Theory 1 0 1 15
FMBD 2204 Introduction to Directorial Approaches Practical 0 3 3 90
FMBD 2205 Basics of Shot Breakdown 0 2 2 60
Total Direction Track 1 5 6 165
Track 3: Editing
FMBE 2207 Language of Editing 4 0 4 60
FMBE 2208 Technique of Editing and Digital Imaging II 0 2 2 60
Total Editing Track 4 2 6 120
Track 4: Producing
FMBP 2204 Planning Projects 1 2 3 75
FMBP 2205 Advanced Line Producing 1 2 3 75
Total Producing Track 2 4 6 150
Track 5: Production Design
FMBN 2204 Big Studio Visits 0 1 1 30
FMBN 2205 Visualization (Advanced) 0 4 4 120
FMBN 2206 Basic Set Making Workshop 0 1 1 30
Total Production Design Track 0 6 6 180
Track 6: Screenwriting
FMBS 2207 Screenplay Structure 4 0 4 60
FMBS 2208 Writing Short Form OTT Content 0 2 2 60
Total Screenwriting Track 4 2 6 120
Track 7: Sound Design
FMBR 2204 Sound Design II Theory 2 0 2 30
FMBR 2205 Sound Design II Practical 0 4 4 120
Total Sound Design Track 2 4 6 150
Track 8: VFX
FMBV 2206 VFX 1 Theory 2 0 2 30
FMBV 2207 CGI Foundation 0 2 2 60
FMBV 2208 Environment Building 0 2 2 60
Total VFX Track 2 4 6 150
Track 9: Virtual Production
FMBT 2201 Game Engine – Advanced 0 3 3 90
FMBT 2202 Immersive Capture 0 3 3 90
Total Virtual Production Track 0 6 6 180
Total Core 1/11 7/17 18 375/525
Grand Total 5/17 7/17 22/24 435/645

Semester V Course Structure

Elective Core (Choose any 2 of the following 9 tracks)
Students must choose from amongst the 3 tracks taken in semester IV
Track 1: Cinematography
FMBC 3106 Cinematography III 0 12 12 360
Total Cinematography Track 0 0
Track 2: Direction 0 0
FMBD 3103 Skills of Assisting 0 6 6 180
FMBD 3104 Documentary 0 4 4 120
FMBD 3105 Short Film Writing 0 2 2 60
Total Direction Track 0 12 12 360
Track 3: Editing 0 0
FMBE 3105 Schools of Editing 4 0 4 60
FMBE 3106 Technique of Editing and Digital Imaging III 0 4 4 120
FMBE 3107 Colour Correction 0 4 4 120
Total Editing Track 4 8 12 300
Track 4: Producing 0 0
FMBP 3104 Understanding Project Development 2 2 4 90
FMBP 3105 Understanding Location Management 1 2 3 75
FMBP 3106 Understanding Business Development 3 2 5 105
Total Producing Track 6 6 12 270
Track 5: Production Design 0 0
FMBN 3104 A trip to a Location as a Referential Site 0 2 2 60
FMBN 3105 Multi Colour Visualization Workshop 0 2 2 60
FMBN 3106 Miniature Set Workshop 0 8 8 240
Total Production Design Track 0 12 12 360
Track 6: Screenwriting 0 0
FMBS 3101 Advanced Screenwriting 0 8 8 240
FMBS 3102 Adaptation 0 4 4 120
Total Screenwriting Track 0 12 12 360
Track 7: Sound Design 0 0
FMBR 3104 Sound Design III Theory 6 0 6 90
FMBR 3105 Sound Design III Practical 0 6 6 180
Total Sound Design Track 6 6 12 270
Track 8: VFX 0 0
FMBV 3107 VFX II Theory 2 0 2 30
FMBV 3108 3D Match Moving for VFX 0 3 3 90
FMBV 3109 The Chroma Key and Mattes 0 4 4 120
FMBV 3110 CGI Lighting and Look Development 0 3 3 90
Total VFX Track 2 10 12 330
Track 9: Virtual Production
FMBT 3101 On Set Virtual Production 0 12 12 360
Total Virtual Production Track 0 12 12 360
Total Core 0/12 12/24 24 540/720
Grand Total 0/12 12/24 24 540/720

Semester VI Course Structure

Elective Core (Choose any 2 of the following 9 tracks)
Students must take the tracks chosen in Semester V
Track 1: Cinematography
FMBC 3205 Cinematography IV 0 12 12 360
Total Cinematography Track 0 0
Track 2: Direction
FMBD 3203 Final Direction Project 0 12 12 360
Total Direction Track 0 12 12 360
Track 3: Editing
FMBE 3205 Applied Aesthetics of Editing 6 0 6 90
FMBE 3206 Craft of Editing 0 6 6 180
Total Editing Track 6 6 12 270
Track 4: Producing 0 0
FMBP 3203 Understanding Producing 3 6 9 225
FMBP 3204 Understanding Talent Management 3 0 3 45
Total Producing Track 6 6 12 270
Track 5: Production Design
FMBN 3204 Location Recce 0 1 1 30
FMBN 3205 Architectural Drawing Workshop 0 3 3 90
FMBN 3206 Set Construction Workshop 0 8 8 240
Total Production Design Track 0 12 12 360
Track 6: Screenwriting
FMBS 3205 Writing the OTT Series 0 12 12 360
Total Screenwriting Track 0 12 12 360
Track 7: Sound Design
FMBR 3203 Sound Design IV Practical 0 12 12 360
Total Sound Design Track 0 12 12 360
Track 8: VFX
FMBV 3203 Planning VFX 2 0 2 30
FMBV 3204 Houdini Introduction 0 5 5 150
FMBV 3205 The VFX Project 0 5 5 150
Total VFX Track 2 10 12 330
Track 9: Virtual Production
FMBT 3201 Final VP Project 0 12 12 360
Total Virtual Production Track 0 12 12 360
Total Core 0/12 12/24 24 540/720
Grand Total 0/12 12/24 24 540/720
Students’ Work
School of Filmmaking Production Design Workshop
YouTube Video
YouTube Video
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Quick Links
Industry Speak
Masterclass with the team of the film ‘Simmba’
5th Veda session with Madhur Bhandarkar