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  • About
    Seats
    18
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    Academic analysis of cinema began internationally as early as the 1960s and was most often associated with English literature departments. In India, however, a scholarly attention to cinema began in the early eighties but SCCE’s MA Film Studies Programme is among the very few of its kind in the country. Cinema in India has had, of course, a long history – of indigenous production and consumption of films from around the world. Indian mainstream cinema is known for specific narrative features (song and dance sequences, melodramatic appeal) and its place in the socio-cultural life of India as well as its transnational movement and popularity. Slowly but steadily, over the last twenty years there has been an intensification of the study of Indian cinema and cinematic cultures in India.

    SCCE’s MA Film Studies Programme builds upon this tradition while not losing sight of the several layered histories of cinema as a global art form. It focuses on the task of studying cinema in India in all its varieties in a global comparativist mode without subscribing to any pre-set hierarchy of aesthetic merit and artistic excellence. While keeping this focus intact, it does not preclude the study of other national cinemas or cinema and culture industries. The programme seeks to bridge the gap between a philosophical understanding of film as an art form and the cultural studies understanding of its role as mass media by drawing on the rich theoretical legacies of Benjamin, Kracauer, Deleuze, among others. Particular attention is paid to the multi-sited production and consumption of film in India so as to promote an understanding of the pluralisation of film culture in India. The programme is invested in fostering historical, anthropological and textual analysis of cinema paying close attention to its embedded nature in social and political history. Simultaneously, the programme also encourages an engagement of cinema in an intermedial frame, allowing cinema to become a way of entering questions of TV, radio, video and digital cultures.

    While focusing upon a historical and theoretical understanding of film, the programme also tries to promote film-making practice through courses and workshops as necessary. In order to facilitate research and writing skills, the programme runs regular academic writing workshops for students.

  • Programme Structure
    Seats
    18
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    The programme’s duration is a two year divided into four semesters. A semester is sixteen weeks long. A course meeting for a minimum of four hours a week for the duration of a semester enables students to earn 4 credits. Students should register for a minimum of 16 credits each term and need to earn 64 credits to complete the programme successfully. All the students of SCCE need to take three common Foundational Courses, one each in the first three semesters, for 12 credits in total. They should also take four Elective Courses offered by the School or any other School in the University, one each in all the four semesters, for 16 credits in total. They need to take seven compulsory Core Courses from their respective discipline (in this case Film Studies) for 28 credits in total. Their MA dissertation in the final semester will earn them 8 credits. They may register for more credits on payment of extra fees.

    M.A. Film Studies (64 credits)

     Semester ISemester 2Semester 3Semester 4
    Core

    Evolution of Cinema as Art I (4 credits)

    Facets of Indian Cinema (4 credits)

    Cinema in India: Nation and Region (4 credits)

    Stardom, Industry, Commerce (4 credits)

    Core

    Sequence and Script Analysis (4 credits)

    Evolution of Cinema as Art II (4 Credits)

    Introduction to Film Theory (4 credits)

     
    Elective 

    Basics of Visual and Sound Images (4 credits)**

    Basics of Film-Making (4 credits)

    Sound and Music in Cinema (4 credits)

    Media Objects/Media Theory (4 credits)

    Foundation Courses

    Contemporary Critical Theory – I Critical Theory (4 credits)

    Contemporary Critical Theory – II Cultural Studies (4 credits)

    Contemporary Critical Theory – III Theories of Marginality (4 credits)

     
    Dissertation   

    Dissertation (8 credits)

    **Electives also offered by Film Studies faculty:

    • Lineages of the Contemporary
    • Subject and Sensorium
    • Psyche and Screen
    • Images and Signs in Cinema
  • Programme Outcomes
    Seats
    18
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    The Programme seeks to develop a film studies student as a committed intellectual well-versed in cinema, media, and other aesthetic movements of the modern period. Scholars and practitioners, graduating from the programme are aware of the cinematic histories of Asia (especially India) and the West, as well as the key political, cultural and social issues animating our times. It aims to foster a capacity for thought that is both historically self-reflexive and philosophically radical.

    Thus, at the end of the programme the following attributes should be instilled in the graduate:

    1: Awareness of aesthetic values and skills

    • A sensitisation towards the form and medium of cinema.
    • An awareness of the histories of cinema, media and other cultural objects/practices (i.e. dance, literature, art forms etcetera) as intertwined histories.
    • Basics of photography, editing and filmmaking as part of elective courses.

    2: Multi-cultural competence

    • Relationship between cinema and culture, which prompts the competence to engage across forms, languages, cultures.
    • Through various forms an entry into different languages, cultures through audio-visual medium-specific techniques such as subtitling, dubbing among others.

    3: Research—related skills

    • Assessment of all the courses, as well as the 8 credit dissertation produces a generative capacity for research in the students.
    • This capacity includes training in identifying research questions, gathering and evaluating various kinds of primary sources and the use of varying methods to address the research question generated.

    4: Critical thinking and analytical reasoning

    • All the core courses within the film studies programme, including the foundational course of the school, common to all streams (critical cultural theories I, II, III) produce an awareness of and an appreciation for the construction of arguments, the modes of producing evidence, and critically evaluating differing perspectives, practices, and policies among others.

    5: Disciplinary knowledge

    • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of key terms, movements, theories, and histories of Indian cinema and world cinema.
    • Conversant in theories, histories and methods of cultural studies as they pertain to the study of film and and media.

    6: Digital Literacy

    • All the core courses of film studies rely upon the use of a wide variety of internet-based resources (audio-visual as well as written). In the teaching-learning transaction subsequently, students are expected to acquire the skills required to utilise these resources.
    • Students are routinely encouraged to make presentations (using digital resources) as part of in-class assessment.

    7: Communication Skills and self-expression

    • There is an attention paid to communicative and expressive skills in film studies across two different media forms: (i) writing and (ii) the visual.
    • The communicative and expressive skills (writing) appear in the assessment criteria of all courses as well through academic writing workshops that are held through the course of the programme.
    • Skills in communication and expression through the visual mode of photography and film are taught in the two elective courses on filmmaking practice.
    • Oral communicative and expressive skills emerge through course assessments based on individual or team presentations.
  • FAQ
    Seats
    18
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

    Does the programme teach us how to make films?

    No, this programme does not teach filmmaking. It has a few courses, offered as electives, and conducts workshops around the year that teach filmmaking practice. The programme’s main purpose however is a critical reflection on films. It trains students to read and write, academically, about film and media.

    What are the career paths that emerge after an MA Film Studies?

    The MA Film Studies Programme is designed to enable students to critically engage with cinema as film narrative and as an entry into broader questions of film, media (old/new) and culture. The programme designs itself in a way to allow students a strong backing to become researchers and/or academics in film and related fields. It also enables students to demonstrate their awareness of the intricacies of the art to secure placements in the television and entertainment industry, various sites of film-making, publishing/editing focused on art-related terrain, or work as a film journalist or critic in the press/media. The course also forms a strong foundation to allow students to enter film curation and preservation.

    How do I apply?

    Online applications open usually between April to June each year. Please check the university website regularly around this time of the year. There is an entrance test and an interview.

    How do I prepare for the MA Film Studies entrance test?

    The test consists of three parts: objective, multiple-choice style questions which test your familiarity with some film terms, trivia and an awareness of film genre. The second part consists of short and long answer questions. Lastly, there are audio-visual based questions which require you to view clips that are screened and answer questions based on that.

    What should I get along with me for the interview?

    Basic admission documents (admit card and identity card)

  • Courses
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    Seats
    18
    Duration
    2 Years

    Eligibility

    Applicants need to have a Bachelors degree in any discipline with minimum 45% marks or equivalent gr

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