Top Film-Making Colleges in India

Feb 12, 2015

When I was a schoolgirl, I remember some of my friends who expressed their desire to blossom into actors or film directors when they grew up. We were just twelve years old at that point of time! But we were already mesmerized by the idea of acting, delivering the trendiest dialogues or creating a movie. After all, the very idea of capturing life ‘live’, through the lens is certainly appealing to many.I bet most youngsters today are smitten by the world of television. Or in other words, the entertainment industry. The Indian film industry is estimated to grow to a whopping $4.5 billion within 2016 – such is its enormous impact. No wonder, the heroes in Indian movies become instant icons and worshipped by millions of fans worldwide. Did you know that over 800 films are produced every year in India?Naturally, a large number of people have been aspiring to be film-makers, scriptwriters and actors. India is home to numerous film-making institutes scattered in various states that enable these people to realize their dreams and unleash their creative potential! In these organizations, you are trained in documentary-making, editing, cinematography and so on. Let me list the top film-making colleges in India in the following paragraphs:

  • Film and Television Institute of India: FTII, also known as the Film and Television Institute of India is one of the most reputed film-making institutes in India. It is located in Pune, Maharashtra and is acknowledged by the department of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Some of the courses offered include:
  1. Feature Film Scriptwriting (Duration: 1 year)
  2. Post-graduation program in Video Editing (Duration : 1 year)
  3. Post-graduation program in Electronic Cinematography (Duration : 1 year)
  4. Post-graduation program in Audiography (Duration : 1 year)
  5. Post-graduation Diploma in Cinematography (Duration : 3 years)
  6. Post-graduation Diploma in Film Editing (Duration : 3 years)
  7. Post-graduation Diploma in Film Direction (Duration : 3 years)
  8. Courses in Acting (Duration: Two years)
  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute: If you are truly talented, go for the college that has been declared as institution of national significance by the Indian government. I am talking about the SRFTI, or Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute situated in Kolkata, West Bengal. It has been named in the honor of the globally acclaimed movie director known as Satyajit Ray.

It offers only one major course in film studies that is a post-graduate program in the field of cinema. The duration of this course is three years. The areas of specialization comprise: Editing, Cinematography, Screenplay Writing and Direction as well as Editing.

  • Whistling Woods International: Based in Mumbai, Whistling Woods International is a renowned educational institute in the nation. It is affiliated with numerable distinguished global institutes like UK’s Bradford College, Griffith and Deakin University based in Australia, Syracuse University in US and much more. Diplomas, long-term and even short-term courses are offered to students including:
  1. BBA in Media and Communication
  2. Direction
  3. Media Management
  4. Animation
  5. MBA in Media and Entertainment
  6. Acting
  7. Producing
  8. Cinematography
  9. Screenwriting
  10. in Digital Filmmaking
  11. Visual effects and so on
  • Asian Academy of Film & Television: The Asian Academy of Film & Television, also referred to as AAFT, is located in Noida. This prestigious institution bears affiliations with Marwah Films & Video Stations as well as the International Film & Television Research Center. The film department of this college educates aspiring film professionals in arenas like Mass Communication, Fashion and Animation. Various modules that are a part of such courses are Cinematography, Acting, Still Photography, Camera, Script Development, Camera and Lighting, Art Direction, Screenplay Writing, etc. This organization had been set up in 1993.
  • Zee Institute of Media Arts: Do you seek to learn about films using a combination of technology and traditional dexterity? Why not join an institute that is strongly linked to the famous Zee Network? The Zee Institute of Media Arts , present in Mumbai can maximize your chances of success in the world of cinema, my friends. Degree courses provided by the organization include Bachelors in Film-making, Masters in Film-making and Diploma in Film-making. Apart from these, it also offers some short duration programs on:
  1. Acting
  2. Cinematography
  3. Promo Production
  4. Editing
  5. Voicing and TV presentation
  6. Sound Engineering and much more

Well, you can find several other film-making colleges in India offering a wide variety of courses. However, if you are aiming for the best, I would advise you to apply in any one of the noted film-making institutions I have mentioned! For, they are equipped with some of the best faculty members with a vast amount of industrial experience and expertise in their fields. So, better get ready for their admission tests, dear students. You can expect some tough competition while you make attempts to crack the entrance tests of these institutes. Of course I don’t wish to scare you, I am just reminding you that, you have no choice but to give your best shot for it! Who knows, today’s efforts can reap magical rewards and make you the next Yash Copra of the Indian film industry. 

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