Admission Detail

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
Quick Links
Industry Speak
Masterclass with the team of the film ‘Simmba’
5th Veda session with Madhur Bhandarkar

Eligibility: 10+2, IBDP or equivalent from any recognised Board.

Entrance Process: General Aptitude Test, Creative Aptitude Test, Statement of Purpose, & Interview.

*All the content of this website are subject to change at the discretion of the management.

Admission Policy – 2023 Intake

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

Programmes Offered & Seats:

The Programmes offered & Available Seats are mentioned in the table below:

No PROGRAMME NAME TOTAL SEATS ELIGIBILITY
U1  BSc in Filmmaking 140 10+2 or equivalent from any recognised Board.

With specialisation in:(Direction /Cinematography /Editing /Producing /Sound Recording & Design /Production Design /VFX /Virtual Production)

Application Process:

Candidates to apply through the ONLINE Application process only. Click here to apply and follow the self-explanatory process. Application Fee of Rs. 3000 to be paid through the Online Payment Gateway only.

Exam Date 13th December

Selection Criteria:

The Selection Criteria is as given in the table below:

 No. Component 1 (MCQs) Weightage % Component 2 Weightage % Component 3 Weightage % Component 4 Weightage %
U1 GAT 30 CAT 20 SOP 20 P.I 30

GAT: General Aptitude Test

CAT: Creative Ability Test

SOP: Personal Statement of Purpose

P.I: Personal Interview

Points to note:

  • Due to the unprecedented times, as per the rules and guidelines suggested by the Government of Maharashtra, all the entrance exams will be conducted online, until further notice.

For each admission round, there will be certain dates to remember which will be updated on a regular basis on the Whistling Woods International website www.whistlingwoods.net:

FORMALITIES TO BE COMPLETED ON SELECTION:
Will be mentioned in the Selection Intimation Emails sent to Selected Candidates.

ADMISSION HELPDESK CONTACTS:
Mob. Nos.: +91 8451803851 / +91 8451803852 / 022-62716070 (Mon to Sat: 10.30 am – 6.30 pm).
Email: admissions@whistlingwoods.net

RESERVATIONS:
As per Government of India norms, 15%, 7.5% and 27% reservation is available to Scheduled Caste, Schedule Tribe and Other Backward Classes (non-creamy layer) respectively, for each of the programs. In addition, supernumerary seats are allocated to Persons With Disabilities (PWD) {3%}, Kashmiri migrants {1%} and children of the Armed Forces Employees {5%}

MERIT LIST PREPARATION:

  • Merit Lists will be prepared for each Program according to the Aggregate Scores of all the three Components of the Selection Criteria, according to the Reservation Policy of the Institute.
  • Individual Selection Intimation Letters along with the Scores Obtained in each of the Components of the Selection Criteria will be sent by Email to all Selected Candidates.
  • Waiting List Candidates will not be sent any intimation, they can check their status with their respective Admission Advisors. In an event that they are upgraded to Selected List, only then they will be sent individual Selection Letters.

ADMISSION RULES:

  1. Canvassing in any matter for securing admission shall render a candidate disqualified
  2. Eligibility rules as specified for each course shall be strictly followed and shall not be relaxed under any circumstances. Candidate should satisfy himself / herself that he / she fulfil the eligibility requirements prescribed for the admission to the concerned course of the study.
  3. Candidates awaiting result of qualifying examination may also apply for admission with the clear understanding that their selection will be entitled to admission only if they fulfil all eligibility requirements of concerned course of study at the time of admission.
  4. Changes, if any, made in the admission rules and / or in the eligibility criteria from time to time shall be applicable to candidates seeking admission in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development even after notification.
  5. Application form shall not be transferred from one course of study to another under any circumstances.
  6. A candidate whose qualifying examination is not Recognised by this university shall not be eligible for admission. All such Application Forms / admissions shall be rejected / cancelled.
  7. Application forms may be rejected if in case of the following
    • Incomplete Application
    • Received without requisite fee
    • Received after the Last date
    • Received with Invalid documents. And no correspondence shall be entertained in this regard. No relaxation in the last date shall be granted.
  8. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development assumes no responsibility what so ever in the event of failure to report on the due date and time by the candidate for appearing in the Admission Test.
  9. The medium of all Test Shall be English only. Visually challenged candidates appearing for test must bring their writers along with them.
  10. PWD candidates must submit a written request for the same at least seven days before the scheduled date of the Test in the Office where they submitted their Application Form.
  11. PWD candidates who have been provided with a writer may be given an additional time of 30 minutes of the Test duration.
  12. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development -WWI reserves the right to make changes in the notified Admission Test Schedule.
  13. In case, any candidate who does not meet the eligibility criteria prescribed for the concerned course of the study appears in the Admission Test, he / she shall be doing so at his / her own risk and cost, and if at any stages, it is found that the candidate do not fulfil the eligibility requirements, the admission, if granted, shall be cancelled.
  14. No separate intimation letters will be sent to the candidates wait-listed.
  15. No correspondence shall be made to candidate not selected for admission. Similarly, the Application fee shall not be refunded.
  16. Selected candidate shall be allotted course / Branch / Main Subject / Specialization on merit as per their preference indicated in the application Form.
  17. All admission shall be provisional.
  18. Selected Candidates shall not be allowed to complete admission formalities in absentia.
  19. Candidates not reporting for admission on the stipulated date and time, shall forfeit his / her claim for admission. The offer of admission shall stand cancelled and no correspondence in this regard shall be entertained.
  20. No candidate shall be admitted unless he / she has completed all the eligibility requirements at the time of admission. Candidates awaiting results of their Supplementary / Improvement examination shall not be considered for admission.
  21. Candidate is required to produce the original Mark sheets / Certificates, including the statement of the marks qualifying examinations with the requisite percentage of marks at the time of reporting for admission, failing which he / she shall not be allowed to complete the admission, and the offer of admission shall stand cancelled and no further correspondence in the matter shall be entertained.
  22. Mark sheet / Grade sheets / certificates downloaded from the Internet shall not be accepted at the time of admission.
  23. The candidate selected for admission shall have to deposit the attested photo copy of qualifying examination in the Office at the time of Admission.
  24. No candidate shall be eligible to peruse a full time course of study if he / she is already admitted to any full – time course of study in Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development.
  25. Candidates perusing any full time course of study is required to get his/ her name removed from the rolls of the University / College / Institution where already admitted, and submit a certificate to this effect from the concerned authority at the time of reporting for admission to the course (including evening Courses and Professional Courses under Centre for Professional courses) for which he / she may have been provisionally selected.
  26. Candidates enjoying employed status and selected for admission to any full – time course of study in the university, are required to produce leave sanction / relieving order at the of admission from their employer for the duration of the course permitting them to peruse their studies at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, failing which the offer of admission shall stand withdrawn.
  27. The candidate selected for admission shall have to submit the Original Migration Certificate from the Head of the Institution / University last attended at the time of admission. Candidate who is not in the position to submit the Migration certificate at the time of admission, shall give anundertaking on prescribed Proforma to submit the same within six months from the date of admission, failing which the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development reserves the right to cancel his / her admission.
  28. The university reserves the right to get any student medically examined and if found medically unfit, the admission of such students will be cancelled.
  29. If any error / omission in the processing / verification of certificates / documents of a candidate is detected after the candidate is admitted to a course in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development has the right to cancel such admission at any stage at which error / omission is deducted.
  30. If it is found, at the stage, that a candidates,
    • does not fulfil the eligibility requirements
    • has used fraudulent means to secure admission
    • has made false or incorrect statements in the application form.
    • has not singed / marked thumb impression on the application form or somebody else has done so on his / her behalf.He / She shall not be allowed to complete the admission formalities, or in case already admitted, his / her admission shall be cancelled, ipso, fact
  31. In case, of cancellation of admission by a candidate, after the closing date of admissions, the Application fee paid by him/ her will not be refunded.
  32. Answer sheets and other relevant material pertaining to the Admission Test of all candidates and Application Forms of all the non – admitted candidates will be weeded out after 3 months of the Closing Date of Admissions. Therefore, in case of any dispute regarding admission, the matter must be filed within 3 months of the closing date of admission after which the relevant records may not be made available.
  33. The closing date for all admission in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, except those courses / categories for which separate notification will be made. Any vacancy arising after the date of enrolment of the candidate in any course shall not be filled.

Tuition Fees & Security Deposit

Program Duration (Yrs) Program Fees (₹) Fees Breakup Security Deposit (₹) Total
Infra Cost Equipment & Material Project Cost Tuition Fees
B.Sc. in Filmmaking (Double
Elective)
3 22,00,000 6,60,000 6,00,000 6,00,000 3,40,000 1,00,000 23,00,000

* GST as applicable (currently 18%) would be additional and is not reflected in the above-mentioned amounts.

Payment Installments**

Course Payments Installments
Acceptance Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Sem 5 Sem 6 Total
Other Fees Total Sec Dep TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Total TF OF Sec Dep
B.Sc. in Filmmaking (Double
Elective)
2,00,000 3,00,000 1,00,000 50,000 1,50,000 3,00,000 50,000 2,50,000 4,00,000 60,000 3,40,000 4,00,000 60,000 3,40,000 4,00,000 60,000 3,40,000 3,00,000 60,000 2,40,000 23,00,000 3,40,000 18,60,000 1,00,000

Notes:

  • All Graduate & Post-graduate Degrees and Diplomas are awarded by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), which is an Institution of National Importance by Act of Parliament No.35/2012
  • All amounts are payable to are payable through the WWI online payment portal. The link to the same will be mentioned in each invoice that the student receives. Students can pay by NEFT / RTGS / online electronic transfer. Details for online transfer of funds are available with the Accounts Office.
  • Examination Fees, payable on an annual or semi-annual basis, are additional. You will be intimated of the same.
  • GST has not been levied on any of the Programs based on prevalent taxation rules / guidelines for educational institutions. However, these are subject to change. Any taxes levied by the government / taxation authorities would be additional & intimated to students with appropriate notice
  • All amounts are listed & payable in Indian Rupees, for both Indian and International students.
  • All payments made by Indian nationals must be accompanied by the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of the payee, without which fees will not be accepted.
  • All fees are as mentioned are for the program as a whole, and are being collected over installments to reduce the burden of paying large amounts on the student. The semester-wise payments are not reflective of the value of the program completed till then or the value charged specifically for that semester.
  • The Semester 1 installment includes a security deposit. This is non-interest bearing and refundable on program completion or withdrawal, subject to deductions.
  • The ‘Acceptance’ payment is payable within two weeks of being accepted into a program. If a student is accepted within two weeks of program commencement, then it is payable on registration day.
  • The ‘Acceptance’ payment is non-refundable, although it can be carried forward for a maximum of 2 intakes, subject to management approval. The Fee policy applicable to students who push forward their admission will be the one that is active when the student does join the program. WWI refunds the ‘Acceptance’ installment to students only in case they withdraw under exceptional circumstances 45 days before program commencement. An amount of Rs 75,000/- (+ taxes as applicable) will be retained by WWI as Application processing & Admission Costs.
  • Semester 1 fees are payable on Registration day, which may be a few days prior to program commencement. All other installments are payable 1 week before the commencement of each Semester, except for the final Semester. All payments listed under the Final Semester of each program have to be paid before the penultimate semester is completed.
  • Once a Semester has commenced, all fees paid / payable upto the end of that semester are non-refundable. Should a student leave his/her program mid-semester, all fees paid / payable are non-refundable but any fees paid in advance for future semesters will be refunded, with the security deposit, subject to deductions.
  • Transfer of fees across / between programs is subject to management approval, on a case-by-case basis, and will involve a re-calculation of fees based on the existing fees in the new program & the amount already paid by the student and where in the program (which semester) the student chooses to transfer:
  • If a student changes specialisation mid-program from a program with a lower fee to a program with a higher fee, the fee difference, on a retrospective basis (for the semesters already completed), is to be paid by the student before commencement of the next Semester.
  • If a student changes specialisation mid-program from a program with a higher fee to a program with a lower fee, no refunds will be made retrospectively for fee differences, if any in the Semesters already completed, and, irrespective of such differences, fees payable for future Semesters have to be paid as per the fee policy.
  • If a student wishes to withdraw from the program between 2 semesters, he / she has to convey the same in writing to the Dean and the Administration Manager atleast 2 weeks prior to Semester commencement. After such date, entire fees payable for that semester will be applicable.
  • The institute undertakes all refunds of fees & security deposits only twice a year – in the months of September and March. So all refund requests processed during the year are disbursed only in these months.
  • In case of refunds or claims sought, the student will hold Whistling Woods International alone responsible for the same as it is the institution that is delivering the education as the implementation partner of RGNIYD. Whistling Woods International has indemnified RGNIYD of the same.
  • Any scholarship / fee waiver / fee adjustment extended to a student will be used to reduce the fees payable for the ultimate (final) Semester of his/her program. If scholarship / fee waiver amounts are higher than those payable for the final semester, then the balance over & above that will be used to reduce the amount payable for the penultimate semester, and so on.
  • A delay in Fee Payment will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000/- per week. Each act of cheque bouncing / dishonour of cheque will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000/-.
  • Health Insurance is mandatory for all students. Whistling Woods International provides a group health insurance policy, the cost of which is already built into the fees. There is no additional payment needed for the same.
  • Program Fees do not include any additional study tour costs. While such additional costs are rare, they will need to be borne additionally as and when required. Due notice will be given to students for the same.
  • Students of specific programs would need to acquire some hardware / software / supplies, as under:
    • All students being accepted into the Animation & Gaming programs need to acquire a high-end windows laptop of specifications – 8-core 2.5Ghz i9 processor, a high-end graphic card on par with NVIDIA RTX 3080 and a minimum of 32gb DDR4 RAM). This is needed to be acquired before their 2nd year commences. Exact specifications will be given to students in their 2nd semester based on the prevailing requirements base on the software that they will need to deploy.
    • Students being accepted into the Direction & Producing specialisations of MA Filmmaking need to acquire a MacBook Pro laptop [MacBook Pro i7 Processor (m1 chip recommended) & 8 Gb RAM (16Gb recommended)] & a good quality headphone. WWI will provide exact specifications to the students in April 2022, based on new models being launched. WWI also has student discounted pricing details of which will be made available to the student.
    • All students being accepted into the Producing specialisation of Filmmaking need to acquire Movie Magic Budgeting & Movie Magic Scheduling software, which will be made available to them at a reduced cost (currently the amount is 149US$ each, but may change going forward).
    • All students of the Music Production & Composition programs will need to acquire MacBook Pro laptop with minimum specifications: MacBook Pro i7 or i9 Processor (m1 recommended), 32GB RAM, a good quality headphone, a MIDI controller keyboard, a license of ProTools software, Sibelius software and a license of the Apple Logic Pro X sequencing software. Changes to the same, if any, will be intimated at the time of admission.
    • All students being accepted to the Fashion Design program will need to acquire an Art Material Kit, a Sewing Kit, a Trend Forecasting WGSN subscription and some fashion reference books. The cost of the WGSN subscription is Rs 10,000/- + GST per year as of now. However, it is subject to change each year. Additional details will be provided on admission.
    • Students other than the above-mentioned programs need not acquire their own laptops and can use the computing assets available on campus, but it is recommended that they acquire one after their 1st year.
    • All students would need to acquire good quality headphones. Given health concerns, we do not recommend sharing of headphones between students.
    • All students will need to subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud software annual subscription. They will be allotted an Adobe CC subscription license which they can use both on & off campus. The same will be made available at a heavily discounted rate of Rs 6,500/- per yr. This will reflect separately in the invoice for Sem 1, 3, 5 & 7, as applicable.
  • University norms mandate that a student needs to complete his / her undergraduate degree within 5 years of program commencement, irrespective of breaks taken for medical matters or term repeat requirements. If multiple breaks cause the students to cross the 5-year threshold, they will need to re-register as a new student. The same is also applicable in case of credit transfers from other universities, or for students who have taken a break and are looking at re-commencing their education at WWI.
  • Whistling Woods is facing litigation with respect to its campus in Filmcity, Mumbai. WWI has secured relief through interim orders passed by both the Hon. Supreme Court of India on September 22, 2014 and the Hon. Bombay High Court on July 30, 2014, on WWI’s Review Petition challenging the Hon. Bombay High Court’s February 2012 decision on the matter. In its order of July 30, 2014, the Hon. Bombay High Court has allowed WWI to continue its educational activities unhindered until the Review Petition is finally disposed off and in its order of September 22, 2014, the Hon. Supreme Court of India has reaffirmed that decision. The Maharashtra State government, through its Cabinet has taken a decision, in late 2018, to allot the land on which the campus is situated to WWI on a long-term lease subject to High Court clearance. The Cabinet Note for the same is available in the Maharashtra government public documents section. The lease agreement finalisation currently underway and will be presented before the High Court soon. In case there is any update on this matter, adequate intimation / notice will be given.
  • Fee Policies as above are subject to change at Management’s discretion. Appropriate notification of the same will be given to all students. Excessively delayed fee payments may be cause for cancellation of enrollment of student.

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