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

Course Start Date

01 August 2023
End Date
31 July 2027
4 Years

Programme Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 4.0 Lacs

Course Overview

The 1st and the 2nd Semester is common for all students where everyone gets an overview of

the process of audio-visual production, along with broader aspects of history, sociology, economics connecting it to the culture of images and sound and establishing the resonances of cinema with other art forms like Fine Arts, Music, Photography, Performing Arts and Literature.


The common course will enable the students to broadly understand classical storytelling through all the technical aspects of cinema. The concepts will be elucidated through theory as well as practical classes. Besides, through these semesters, the students will develop the ability to read and make sense of a world which is ruled by images and sound. They will understand the responsibility of storytellers and artists.

Four specialisation subjects will be offered from the Third Semester:

  • Direction and Screenplay
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Design
  • Editing

The students will be guided to choose their specialisation subjects, depending on their

performances in the first two semesters.

There will be a Term Ending Project in each of the semesters:

1st Sem: Photo Story & Sound Project

2nd Sem: 5 Min Short Film based on Continuity

3rd Sem: Playback exercise set in Location

4th Sem: Mise-en-Scene project set in studio with multiple characters and dialogue.

5th Sem: Documentary project of 15 min duration.

6th Sem: Graduation Film/ 15 min Short Fiction.

After 2nd Semester, certain common subjects that are crucial to develop deeper understanding in all specialisations, will continue through 3rd, 4th and 5th Semesters.

Written Examinations will be conducted at the end of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Semesters. Assessment in 5th and 6th Semesters will be based on submissions and creative productions.

The curriculum will be conducted over 5 days a week. Each week will have 30 Hours of Teaching

Academic Programme

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Ways of Seeing
  • Art of Composition (Basic Photography)
  • Principles of Sound Recording
  • Appreciating the Moving Image I
  • Colonial Roots of Modern India
  • Reporting Environment: Reading the Anthropocene

Semester 2

  • Cinematography I: Aesthetics and Craft of the Moving Image
  • Sound Design I: Field Recording and Sound Editing
  • Direction and Screenplay I: Continuity and Narrative Cinema
  • Editing for Film and New Media I
  • Appreciating the Moving Image II
  • Democracy and Politics in India

2nd Year

Semester 3

  • Project: A Short Fiction Film
  • Social Structures in South Asia: Caste and Religion
  • Fiction, Non-fiction, New Media
  • Cross-listed Elective

Semester 4

  • Cinematography II: Creative Lighting Techniques
  • Sound Design II: Mixing, Dialogue Clean-up, Dubbing, Foley, Music
  • Screenplay and Direction II
  • Editing for Film and New Media II
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Cross-listed Elective

3rd Year

Semester 5

  • Project I: Fiction/Non-fiction/New Media
  • Project II: Playback Exercise
  • Project III: Production
  • Cross-listed Elective

Semester 6

  • Final Project: 20-Minute Film
  • Research paper
  • Cross-listed Elective

4th Year

Semester 7

  • Capstone/Industry Project
  • Specialisation in Cinematography, Sound Design, Direction, Animation or Acting

Semester 8

  • Capstone/Industry Project
  • Specialisation in Cinematography, Sound Design, Direction, Animation or Acting

What are Cross Listed Electives?

One cross-listed elective course, offered by different JGU Schools (including JSJC), will be compulsory for all students. Students will be allowed to choose a maximum of two such courses, with credits not exceeding 8 in total. These will not replace credit requirements from compulsory courses.


Finally, you will join exceptionally talented practitioners in high-quality Masterclasses conducted for example by Adil Hussain from the acclaimed Life of Pi and Mukti Bhawan. Our guest speakers will take you through the practical and current training in film production for both documentary and fiction storytelling.

What you will learn and gain from your time at JSJC:

  • In-depth, hands-on, practical training across the key disciplines of filmmaking: Direction, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, Production (including Production Design) and 1st Assistant Directing
  • Small class-sizes with excellent staff-to-student ratio
  • Training with practicing film & TV industry tutors and guest speakers, teaching up-to-date skills using industry standard equipment and software
  • Professional work experience in top Indian production houses which give real-world feel and help you generate future contacts.
  • A strong emphasis on teamwork and collaborative learning
  • Film festival access and invitations to key networking events that will help broaden your industry knowledge, your contacts and your personal film work
  • No hidden costs – course materials and film budgets are all included in the course fee

The ethos of the programme is to teach creative, academic, technical and professional skills in an integrated way in an industry-standard setting. To this end, teaching initially takes place through interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and screenings and is then continued in a practical setting through shared film productions, in-company work placements and independent study.