Reel learning gets shorter

Jun 07, 2013, 09:04 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

Based on increasing demand, a slew of short-term courses related to acting, sound designing and scripting are the latest offering from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)

After seeing a huge demand for its short-term courses, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has decided to add a few more options. The programmes are designed especially for professionals, who aren’t necessarily a part of the film and television industry, but interested in widening their knowledge in film and television. Some of the new programmes added to the list includes basics of acting, basic sound designing for media production and workshop on researching and scripting of programmes with scientific content.

Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. pic/ Krunal Gosavi 

The programmes are open to anyone who has passed their HSC exams, and the fees (starting at `8,000) are lower than the long-term courses.

“We constantly receive requests from all over the country to conduct such courses which we do as per the availability of time, teachers and infrastructure on our campus,” says DJ Narain, director, FTII. he adds that these programmes are popular among students who are unable to clear the entrance exam for the long-term courses or don’t have the requisite time.

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed, Dean --TV of FTII, said, “Earlier we just had two short-term courses on Videography, but we had to increase their number to four due to the huge demand for them; in fact there is a waiting list of students for such courses. Specialisation is very important and with these courses, you can specialise in TV, news, live broadcast, short films or documentaries as per your liking.”

The short-term courses can also be tailor-made to suit the demands of the professionals who want to study in a stipulated time-frame. Some of the students include print and broadcast journalists and independent television producers. Besides, there is 100% placement in this course. The starting salary for them is `2,000 per shift and if your work is good you can earn up to `20,000 per shift.

At FTII, Law College Road.
Call 25431817 

Back in time...
Initially called The Film Institute of India, FTII was started in 1960 on the erstwhile Prabhat Studio premises in Pune and boasts of a rich legacy in quality Indian cinema. The Prabhat Studios were declared a heritage site by the Pune Municipal Corporation and are used by the students even today. The Institute was renamed as The Film and Television Institute of India in 1971. The Television Wing, earlier located at the Mandi House, New Delhi, was shifted to Pune in the early 70s, bringing together the training in film and television under a common roof. At its inception in 1974, the Television wing was concerned with the provision of in-service training to personnel from Doordarshan. This Wing has in recent years launched a one-year course in Television.

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