B.A. (Hons.) Film and New Media

4 Years Program

Program Overview

The B.A. (Hons.) Film and New Media programme at IILM Department of Communication is a comprehensive four-year undergraduate endeavour dedicated to nurturing future filmmakers and emerging new media artists. This unique curriculum aspires to equip students with the acumen and proficiency necessary to embark on a promising career in the film industry, a rare opportunity at the undergraduate level. Furthermore, the programme fosters an environment that encourages students to explore and innovate within the bounds of audio-visual culture, transcending conventional boundaries.

At IILM Department of Communication, students are immersed in an environment fostering free and open learning, empowering them to discover their distinct creative voice and evolve their individual artistic approaches. Emphasizing not only the technical aspects but also honouring the liberal arts tradition, the curriculum encompasses a spectrum of courses spanning film theory, history, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, sound design, editing, and producing.

Specialization Courses

  • Advanced Documentary Production
  • Documentary Editing Techniques
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Documentary Filmmaking
  • Storytelling for Non-fiction Films
  • VR Filmmaking Techniques
  • Interactive Storytelling in Virtual Reality
  • VR Post-Production and Editing
  • User Experience (UX) Design for VR
  • 2D and 3D Animation Techniques
  • Character Design and Animation
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Animation for Games and Virtual Environments
  • Advanced Television Writing
  • Adaptation: From Script to Screen
  • Writing for Web Series
  • Writing Comedy for Film and Television
  • Film Festival Strategies
  • Digital Marketing for Film
  • Distribution and Exhibition
  • Audience Engagement and Social Media

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What Sets B.A. (Hons.) Film and New Media at IILM University Apart?

What sets apart the B.A. (Hons.) Film and New Media program at IILM is its commitment to equipping students with the essential tools to thrive as comprehensive film professionals at an undergraduate level. This entails an exhaustive training regimen covering various facets of filmmaking, from pre-production to post-production, complemented by hands-on exposure to cutting-edge equipment and software.

Delivered by a cadre of highly qualified and experienced faculty comprising academicians, researchers, and industry stalwarts, the programme is designed to foster the next generation of adept storytellers. This diverse amalgamation of faculty brings forth a wealth of expertise and practical experience, ensuring a holistic education that primes students for success in the industry.

At its core, the B.A. (Hons.) Film and New Media programme at IILM upholds a liberal arts approach that transcends mere technicality, incorporating courses spanning literature, history, philosophy, and sociology. This interdisciplinary outlook aims to develop critical thinking, effective communication, and problem-solving skills pivotal for success across diverse professional domains.

Eligibility prerequisites for the B.A. (Hons.) in Film & New Media program at IILM mandate applicants to have completed their 10+2 schooling or equivalent in humanities, science, or commerce with a minimum aggregate of 50% from a recognized board.

The four-year journey of the B.A. (Hons.) Film and New Media programme at IILM commences with two semesters encompassing a broad spectrum of subjects, providing a foundational overview of audio-visual production, film history, and its intersections with other art forms. Students delve into classical storytelling through theoretical and practical classes, honing their skills as storytellers and conscientious artists.

Beginning from the third semester, students select one of four specializations: Direction and Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Design, or Editing. The curriculum integrates multiple term-ending projects, enabling students to apply their knowledge and expertise in real-world scenarios. Evaluation in the final two semesters is based on submissions and creative productions, complemented by Masterclasses conducted by industry experts.

The programme’s pedagogical approach amalgamates theory with practice, rooted in a liberal arts framework encompassing humanities, expressive arts, and social sciences. The faculty, comprising active film and TV industry professionals, provides students access to industry-standard equipment and software. Additionally, the programme offers in-company work placements and access to film festivals, facilitating the broadening of industry insights and networks.

Film Criticism and Analysis:

  • Critical Approaches to Film and New Media
  • Film Genre Studies
  • Film Theory and Criticism

Digital Media Ethics:

  • Ethical Considerations in New Media
  • Privacy and Copyright Issues
  • Media Law and Regulation

Post-Production Techniques:

  • Advanced Film Editing
  • Colour Grading and Correction
  • Sound Design for Film

Cinematography for Experimental Film:

  • Experimental Cinematography Techniques
  • Avant-Garde Film Practices
  • Visual Effects in Experimental Film

International Cinema:

  • World Cinema Studies
  • Global Perspectives in Film and Media
  • Transnational Film Production

Media and Cultural Studies:

  • Cultural Analysis of New Media
  • Media and Society
  • Media Representation and Identity

Semester 1:
Foundations of Film and New Media (Core Courses)

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • History of New Media
  • Film Production Techniques
  • Scriptwriting for Film and New Media
  • Visual Storytelling

Semester 2:
Advanced Film Production (Core Courses)

  • Cinematography and Lighting
  • Sound Design for Film and New Media
  • Advanced Scriptwriting
  • Film Editing
  • Directing for Film and New Media

Semester 3:
Specialization and Electives

  • Specialization Course 1 (e.g., Documentary Filmmaking, Virtual Reality Production)
  • Specialization Course 2
  • Elective 1 (e.g., Film Criticism, Digital Marketing for Film)
  • Elective 2
  • Research Methods in Film and New Media

Semester 4:
Thesis Preparation and Electives

  • Thesis Proposal Development
  • Specialization Course 3
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
  • Professional Development in Film and New Media

Semester 5:
Thesis Production

  • Thesis Filming/Production
  • Thesis Editing and Post-Production
  • Thesis Workshops and Seminars

Semester 6:
Advanced Specialization and Practicum

  • Advanced Specialization Course
  • Practicum/Internship in the Film and New Media Industry
  • Project Management in Film Production

Semester 7:
Industry Trends and Emerging Technologies

  • Emerging Technologies in Film and New Media
  • Industry Trends and Market Analysis
  • Distribution and Marketing Strategies
  • International Perspectives in Film and New Media

Semester 8:
Thesis Defense and Graduation

  • Thesis Defense
  • Professional Portfolio Development
  • Graduation Preparation
  • Career Development Workshops

Upon completion of the B.A. (Hons.) Film & New Media programme, graduates emerge equipped with comprehensive creative, academic, technical, and professional skills, poised to thrive as adept film professionals.

Post the B.A. (Hons.) Film & New Media programme, graduates find a multitude of career avenues in the film and media industry. These include roles as Film Directors, Cinematographers, Screenwriters, Film Editors, Sound Designers, Film Producers, Film Critics, and Web Content Creators, allowing them to channel their creativity and skills into diverse and rewarding professional paths

Admissions Open for 2024
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