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Pune, March 07, 2005

A career in films and television offers a combination of artistic endeavours with technical expertise. The major areas of work that enthuse people are acting, editing, script writing, direction, cinematography and sound engineering or audiography.

India's premier institute for training in film and television, Film and Television of Institute of India (FTII) at Pune, has been in existence since 1960. The FTII, today, is considered as a Centre of Excellence not only in India but in Asia and Europe too. The in-house faculty provides guidance and inspiration enhanced by visits from well-known industry stalwarts who offer in-field work experience and hold workshops in their respective fields.

Useful qualities

You should be a good observer, pay attention to detail and possess good powers of concentration and an interest in colour and design. Cinematography and art direction students should have a good understanding of colour and basic aesthetic elements of visual imagery too.

If you are serious about working in these industries and appreciate the constraints and demands of the careers, try to find out basic requirements so as to choose the right course in line with your abilities and personality. Media-related experience or a portfolio would be advantageous.

What is in store?

The admissions' announcement for 2005-06 offers some new courses in the creative fields of film and television. There are eight programmes for film and television. The three-year, post-graduate diploma courses open to all graduates are in the areas of direction, cinematography, editing, and audiography, which is for graduates who studied Physics at the 10 plus two level. These four courses are to be considered under Group I, Section A in the application form. As part of Group II are courses in acting, which is a two-year PG diploma course and feature film screenplay writing is a one-year PG certificate course. Both are open to all graduates.

Art direction is a two-year PG Diploma course after a bachelor's degree or equivalent diploma in architecture or painting or applied art or sculpture orinterior design or related fields in fine arts. Animation and Computer Graphics is a one-year certificate course. There are 12 seats in all courses, except for 20 seats in the acting course.

There are eight seats in each of the one-year television PG certificate courses targeted at graduates. The programmes include direction, electronic cinematography, video editing and audiography and TV engineering. Physics at 10 plus level is required for those who want to apply for audiography and TV engineering course. They form Section B of Group I in the form.

There is reservation of seats for SC/ST candidates and two seats in each course are reserved for foreign students or NRI.


While applying you have to choose between Group I or Group II. In Group I, applicants have to state preference 1 and 2 against the appropriate course in Section A and Section B. The space on the last page of the form is for the statement of purpose for applying for a course at FTII.

The entrance examination for all courses except certificate course in Animation and Graphics is scheduled for May 8. It's a written test expected to evaluate General Knowledge based on Indian society, culture and the arts, General Mental Ability, which includes verbal and non-verbal reasoning and interest in arts in general and with reference to film and television in particular as well as aptitude for these media.

The entrance examination for certificate course in Animation and Computer Graphics will be held at FTII, Pune, on June 19, followed by interviews on June 20.


Subhash Ghai, one of Bollywood's commercial film makers and Mani Kaul, one of India's leading art film makers are both alumni of FTII. The FTII students enjoy diverse opportunities. They may make feature films, documentaries, ad films, corporate films, music videos and television programmes, as a freelance or join production houses or television channels. Alumni of the FTII are present in all corners of the Indian film and television industries giving FTII students an edge for entry-level openings.

Talent and perseverance are important for success, as are a good network of contacts, a finger on the pulse of the industry and the public, exposure and visibility.

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