bfa in filmmaking

(CHENNAI CAMPUS) – 4 YEARS

The two primary goals of the B.F.A programme in Filmmaking are: to introduce aspiring filmmakers to all aspects of one of the most powerful storytelling media formats in the world; and to help filmmaking students develop and express their creative voice as cinematic storytellers. Students take courses in direction, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and sound design. Our courses are taught by professional faculty, with academic qualifications from recognized Indian and international film schools. Students produce original content while working on film productions of increasing complexity each year. After graduation, student may pursue higher studies in media, communications, or film studies; join the filmmaking industry; or work in government/non-governmental media departments.

Programme Specific Objectives

  • Become knowledgeable about the foundational concepts of filmmaking.
  • Become prepared to join the filmmaking industry as a professional and or entrepreneur, with appropriate skills.
  • Acquire professional ethics, including a sense of social responsibility.
  • Acquire a global perspective while remaining locally rooted.
  • Become leaders in their respective fields of expertise and support the cultural, socio-economic development of the country.

Programme Outcome

On successful completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

  • Engage generally in all aspects of creative film production and processes.
  • Create original work reflecting a personal artistic voice through narrative/non-narrative work in film.
  • Demonstrate strong technical skills in the one or more areas of directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing and sound.
  • Collaborate effectively with peers during pre-production, production and post-production of films.
santanu
SANTANU CHATTERJEE
DIRECTOR - ACADEMICS
Mathi LV Prasad Film Academy
M. A. MATHIAZHAGAN
HOD OF CINEMATOGRAPH
Lata Murugan LV Prasad
LATA MURUGAN
HOD, Associate Professor of Direction
M. Venkatesh LV Prasad Film Academy
M. VENKATESH
HOD OF SOUND DESIGN AND MUSIC PRODUCTION
indranil
INDRANIL CHAKRABARTY
HOD OF SCREEN WRITING & SCREEN CULTURE
Prachee Mukherjee - L.V.Prasad Academy
Prachee Mukherjee
Director of Professional Development & Evaluation
V. Balakrishnan LP Prasad Film and Television Academy
V. BALAKRISHNAN
PROGRAM DIRECTOR - SCREEN ACTING

1. ELIGIBILITY:

i) For Admission:

A pass in the Higher Secondary Examination (Academic / Vocations Stream) conducted by the Government of Tamilnadu, or an examination accepted as equivalent thereto (like PUC) by the Syndicate, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed therefore.
Any diploma / UG/Equivalent students across india.

Age limit: below 25 years
ii) For the Degree: The candidates shall have subsequently undergone the prescribed course of study in the Department of Fine Arts, Alagappa University for a period of not less than four academic years, passed the examinations prescribed and fulfilled such conditions as have been prescribed therefore.

2. DURATION:
The programme is for a period of four years.
Each academic year shall comprise of two semester viz. Odd and Even semesters. Odd semesters shall be from June / July to October / November and Even Semesters shall be from November / December to April /May. There shall be not less than 90 working days which shall comprise 450 teaching clock hours for each semester. (Exclusive of the days for the conduct of University end-semester examinations).

3. MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
The medium of instruction for Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Programmes in Filmmaking is English and Tamil.

4. THE CBCS SYSTEM:
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Programmes in Filmmaking shall be run on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). It is an instructional package developed to suit the needs of students to keep pace with the developments in higher education and the quality assurance expected of it in the light of liberalization and globalization in higher education.

5. COURSES IN PROGRAMMES:

The B.F.A. Programme consistmany courses. The term ‘course’ is applied to indicate a logical part of the subject matter of the programme and is invariably equivalent to the subject matter of a ‘paper’ in the conventional sense. The following are the various categories of courses suggested for the UG programmes.

Part I– Language Courses (LC) (Tamil).

Part II– English Language courses (ELC) or special subject designed in lieu of.
The Language courses and English Language Courses are 2 each in number and the LC and ELC are meant to develop the students’ communicative skill at the UG level. Core courses are the basic courses compulsorily required for each of the programme of study.

Part III includes Core Course (CC), Allied Course (AC) and Elective Course (EC).
i) Core courses are the basic courses compulsorily required foreach of the programme of study. These will be related to the subject of programme in which the candidate gets his / her degree. The number of Core Theory Courses shall be 18 with some course aligned with Practical .There will be total 4 projects at end of each year for Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Programme in Filmmaking.

Part IV: It consists of five categories:
i. a) Those who have not studies Tamil upto XII standard and taken a Non-Tamil language under Part I shall take Tamil comprising of two courses (level will be at 6th Standard).
b) Those who have studies Tamil upto XII standard and taken a non- Tamillanguage under Part I shall take advanced Tamil comprising of two core subjects.

6. SEMESTERS:
An academic year is divided into two Semesters. In each semester, courses are offered in
15 teaching weeks and the remaining 5 weeks are to be utilized for conduct of examinations and evaluation purposes. Each week has 30 working hours spread over 5 / 6 days a week.

7. CREDITS:
The term “Credit” refers to the weightage given to a course, usually in relation to the instructional hours assigned to it. For instance, a six hour course is assigned four credits/. However, in no instance the credits of a course can be greater than the hours allotted to it.
One Credit is equivalent to one hour of teaching (lecture/tutorial) or two hours of practical work/project work/fieldwork. However, all courses need not carry the same weightage.
The total minimum credits, required for completing Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Programmes in Filmmaking are 160. The details of credits for individual components and individual courses are given.

8. COURSE:
Each course is to be designed variously under lectures / tutorials / laboratory or field work / seminar / practical training / Assignments / Term paper or Report writing etc., to meet effective teaching and learning needs.

9. CONDONATION:
Students must have 75% of attendance in each course for appearing the examination. Students who have 74% to 70% of attendance shall apply for condonation in the

prescribed form with the prescribed fee. Students who have 69% to 60% of attendance shall apply for condonation in prescribed form with the prescribed fee along with the Medical Certificate.
Students who have below 60% of attendance are not eligible to appear for the examination. They shall re-do the semester(s) after completion of the programme.

10. CONFERMENT OF THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE
A candidate shall be eligible for the conferment of the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Filmmaking only if he / she has earned the minimum required credits for the programme prescribed therefore (i.e. 160 credits).

11. RANKING: UNIVERSITY RANK EXAMINATION
1. The University Rank Examination shall be conducted for the toppers (first toppers) of all the colleges (having passed their examinations in the first appearance within the prescribed duration of the programme. Absence from an examination shall not be taken as an attempt) including autonomous / non-autonomous ones and they are required to take two examinations.
2. The questions papers of the examinations comprise of objective type questions covering the core courses in each of the Programmes generally followed by both autonomous / non-autonomous streams.
3. The top scorers in this University Rank Examination would be declared as University Rank Holders, irrespective of their grades secured in their semester examinations.
4. Three Ranks shall be given for each of the Programmes if the student strength is below 20; upto 5 Ranks if the student strength is above 20 but below 50; upto 10 Ranks where the student strength exceeds 50 but less than 100; and upto 20 Ranks if the student strength is 100 and above.

12. GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL COMMITTEE
The College shall form a Grievance Reprisal Committee for each course in each department with the Course Teacher and the HOD as the members. This Committee shall solve all grievances relating to the Internal Assessment marks of the students.

13. TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Students are permitted to transfer their course credits from Centre for Distance Education (CDE) of AlagappaUniversity to Regular Stream and vice-versa.

14. REVISION OF REGULATIONS AND CURRICULUM
The University may from time to time revise, amend and change the Regulations and Curriculum, if found necessary.

BFA – Filmmaking (4 year)
Sem  Part  Course Code  Course Type  Title of the Paper  Credit  Hrs / Week  Max Marks 
Int  Ext  Total 
I  I    Tam /OL  Tamil / Other Languages  3  4  25  75  100 
II    English  English  3  4  25  75  100 
III    Core course -1  Film History -1  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -II  Film Language  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical -I  Photography -1  3  6  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – II  Creative Writing  3  6  25  75  100 
    Lib/ yoga/coun   Lib/ yoga/counselling    2       
Total   20  30  150  450  600 
 
II  I    Tam /OL  Tamil / other Languages  3  4  25  75  100 
II    Eng  English  3  4  25  75  100 
III    Core course -III  Indian Art  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -IV  Techniques of Filmmaking  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical -III  Storytelling & Screenwriting  3  6  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – IV  I year Project   3  6  25  75  100 
IV    EVS  Environmental Studies  2  2  25  75  100 
Total   22  30  175  525  700 
 
III  II    Eng – III  English  3  4  25  75  100 
III    Core course -V  Sound Theory & Practice  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -VI  Western Art  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -VII  Editing Fundamentals  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – V  Cinematography  3  6  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – VI  Acting 1  3  6  25  75  100 
IV    Lib/ yoga/coun  Lib/ yoga/counselling    2       
Total   21  30  150  450  600 
 
IV  II    Eng  English  3  4  25  75  100 
III    Core course -VIII  Film History 2  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -IX  History of Theatre  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – VII  Writing the Short Screenplay  3  6  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – VIII  2nd Year Project  3  6  25  75  100 
IV    Value Edu (P)    3  6  25  75  100 
Total   20  30  150  450  600 
 
V  III    Core course -X  Major Film Makers  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -XI  Documentary Theory & History  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -XII  Film Direction  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – IX  Acting 2  3  6  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – X  Compositing  3  6  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – XI  Color Grading  3  6  25  75  100 
Total   21  30  150  450  600 
                   
VI      Core course -XIII  Film History 3  3  6  25  75  100 
III    Core course -XIV  Production Design  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – XII  Documentary  1  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – XIII  Music Scoring for Cinema  3  6  25  75  100 
  Project  3rd Year Project  5  10  50  150  200 
Total   19  30  150  450  600 
                   
VII      Core course -XV   Creative Producing & Production Management  4  4  25  75  100 
III    Core course -XVI  Media Law & Ethics  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core course -XVII  New Media  4  4  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – XIV  Documentary 2  3  6  25  75  100 
  Core Practical – XV  Graphic Design   3  6  25  75  100 
    Core Practical – XVI  Writing the Thesis Film  3  6  25  75  100 
Total   21  30  150  450  600 
                   
VIII      Core course -XIX  Internship / 4th Year Project  16    50  150  200 
  Total   16  0  50  150  200 
                   
Grand Total   160  210  1125  3375  4500 

 

REVISION OF REGULATIONS AND CURRICULUM
The University may from time to time revise, amend and change the Regulations and Curriculum, if found necessary.

  • All applicants will undergo Interview and on selection he/she will pay the course fee.
  • Eligibility: Students who have completed Higher Secondary/Senior Secondary/Junior College may apply. International students may apply complying with the relevant/ equivalent requirements mentioned above. Where applicable, candidates must complete all arrears before joining LVPA.
  • Once selected, the student has to pay 1st Semester course fee within 10 days of receiving the admission letter to confirm his/her admission. 1st Semester Fee will be communicated to the student in the admission letter. No Refund for any course registered at LVPA.
  • Payment has to be done through a demand draft drawn in favour of ‘L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy’, payable at Chennai or through Bank Transfer. Cash payment will not be accepted.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Pass in Plus two school examination or equivalent
  • Open Schooling is also permitted*.
Actor Kamal Hasan - L.V.Prasad Academy
KAMAL HASSAN
ACTOR, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Don’t lose your innocence, your naiveté and always watch and make films with passion. I envy you for this opportunity you have, to learn and earn a certificate in 2 years, while it took me 20 long years to achieve it on my own.

prakash-raj
PRAKASH RAJ
ACTOR, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

I am impressed that L V Prasad Film & TV Academy has successfully completed 7 years. I am sure this batch of filmmakers will make films with sensitivity which is the need of the hour in Indian Cinema.