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"All art in the last analysis is poetry. Poetry is the archetype of all creativity. Cinema at its best turns into poetry." - Ritwik Ghatak

Award winning film ‘Pola’ by Kinshuk Surjan


Since its invention over 125 years ago, film has emerged as a vibrant and captivating art form. As new technologies have made it possible to make and access films quite easily, the desire to use moving images and sound to express an idea has grown even stronger. As technology extends possibilities, it also creates a new universe of questions. A film may tell a story, create an experience, construct an argument and/or pose social, political and intellectual challenges. It is this understanding that is at the core of our engagement with film.

At Srishti we explore the aesthetics and meanings of images and sounds towards building an informed practice. Students are encouraged to work closely with the tools of the medium to explore their particular interests and feel confident about expressing their voice. We underline the value of rigour and conscious engagement with both the form and content of film.

Key Values

  • Exploring one's creative vision and position
  • Nurturing the process of imagination
  • Developing cinematic sensibility
  • Encouraging experimentation
  • Pushing the boundaries of conventional cinema
  • Hands-on engagement with production processes

Production stills from award winning final project film ‘E-thil (The Feeling Within)’ by Manoj Kshetrimayum

Production stills from award winning final project film ‘E-thil (The Feeling Within)’ by Manoj Kshetrimayum

Course Structure

The curriculum comprises of different ways of learning as follows:

  1. Foundation Studies introduces students to basic principles and tools of Art, Design and Technology as methods, tools and processes
  2. Disciplinary Studios are learning spaces where students develop core disciplinary capabilities, while navigating a trans-disciplinary environment
  3. General Studies: A common and compulsory programme of study that integrates Humanities, Sciences, Development and Policy Studies and also offers Languages-English, Indian- Hindi and Kannada as well as Foreign (Spanish, French and German)
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  4. Interim: An introduction to practice in new and emerging areas of art and design
  5. Electives: Of three kinds- this program allows students to expand their skills, develop the interests as well as provide opportunities for travel exchange
  6. Internship/Apprenticeship: Compulsory work experience done over the summer-break between the 6th and 7th semester
  7. Project involves the application, synthesis and demonstration of capabilities acquired, and is a qualifier to the thesis
  8. Thesis is culmination of the 4-year program, which allows for demonstration of an integration of values, positions, capabilities and practice.

Learning Approach

This is a 4-year undergraduate course offered at the main campus of Srishti in Bangalore. It offers a broad perspective of the art and practice of filmmaking. Students have the opportunity to build conceptual and reflective skills. They learn the principles of camera, sound, editing and direction that allow them to realise their ideas. Intensive workshops conducted by experienced film professionals teach them how to work with equipment. The approach is hands on and enables students to understand the nature of the medium they are working with so that they can mould it.

Engaging with different forms of cinema - fiction, documentary, experimental film, students are encouraged to discover their own artistic expression. The practices of watching films, talking about films and making films inform each other.

Workshop: Learning to light up a space

Cameraless film : 16mm celluloid as canvas

Alternate Image Creation Techniques : Making a pin hole camera out of a tin box


  • Reading, watching, and writing about films critically
  • Using image and sound as a way of understanding the world
  • Employing a range of research methods in generating insights and formulating positions
  • Experimenting with form/technique/material
  • Understanding and constructing narrative
  • Using the possibilities of the filmmaking process in making decisions in planned and unplanned situations
  • Sharing skills to work collaboratively as a team
  • Production planning and time management
  • Conceptualising and making a short film independently


  • Undertake the making of independent or commissioned short films
  • To work in different capacities in film productions
  • To work in any organisation enagaged in audio-visual production
  • Specialise in a particular aspect of filmmaking
  • Pursue higher studies in an art related field

Award winning student films

POLA by Kinshuk Surjan won the award for Best Film at the National Students Film Festival of India, Pune 2013
Herald of The River by Sachin Gupta won the partner award at Kurzundshoen International Competition for Young Creatives, Cologne 2014

GAMANA by Aditi Sivaraman won the special mention in Fiction, at the 3rd National Students Film Festival of India, Pune 2015

E-thil (The Feeling Within) by Manoj Kshetrimayum won the best short fiction (gold) award at the 8th film festival held at TISS Mumbai on December 2015

It's OK Pammi by Riya Kulkarni won the best student short fiction at the New Delhi Short Film Festival 2017

Award winning film ‘Gamana’ by Aditi Sivaraman

Disciplinary Intersections

This undergraduate program in film intersects with the following disciplines: