NSHM offers M.Sc. programme in Digital Filmmaking under MAKAUT, an academic as well professional course which will orient the student in almost all the avenues of filmmaking and further studies. NSHM is one of the most prominent institutes in Kolkata to offer M.Sc. in Digital Film where students get to learn various aspect of filmmaking. They are trained to produce film/television programs in industrial and independent way. This programme helps them to have an in depth orientation with the different departments of film and television production. Students can also pursue higher studies after its successful completion.

This programme includes the historical and theoretical areas of film and television, dedicates an entire paper to literature (India as well as the world), sound (including the introduction of world music in a small portion), writing scripts and creating storyboards, production design, camera, sound, video editing, television commercials, web & TV series, film making (both fiction, non-fiction and news story/feature), film marketing and finally dissertation (which will help the student to learn how to conduct research and produce a research article).


Programme Education Objective

  • Become an established maker of digital films, content for television and other audio-visual industries to facilitate an in-depth knowledge about the diversified world of image culture.
  • Develop cultural, social, aesthetic and technical knowledge of the cinema along with the new developments in OTT platforms, television and other key emerging areas.
  • Attain higher positions of influence to ensure a just society that is environment friendly and adheres to the cause of sustainable development by imparting higher knowledge of the craft of filmmaking that can create and influence various audience across the population in order to create socially and intellectually better society.

Career Opportunities

Filmmaking is a team work that involves acting, directing, producing, script writing, cinematography, sound recording, visual mixing, editing, etc. After completing M.Sc. in Digital Films, one can work as:

  • Short/Feature/Documentary Filmmaker for Film, Web and Television
  • Sound Designer
  • Video Editor
  • Videographer / Cameraman
  • Advertisement Professional
  • Film Journalist
  • Script Writer
  • Film Scholar

Programme Structure

Core Curriculum

Film Studies

Pre-history and History of Cinema

Pre-history of cinema, genesis of moving image, early-cinema as artisanal mode in Europe, North America and India, Phalke Era.


World Cinema

European cinema after WWI, Avant Garde Movements, Soviet Montage, Classical Hollywood Cinema, Cinema after WWII – Italian Neo-Realism, French New Wave, Agfrican Cinema, Latin American Cinema of Cuba, Argentina and Brazil, Asian Cinema of China, Korea, Japan and Iran, Documentary Studies.


Film as Cultural Form

How to Read A Film: Auteur Criticism, Marxist Film Theory, Feminist Film Theory, Writing about Films – Film criticism.


Indian & Hindi Cinema

“Studio Social, Muslim Social, Hindi Popular Cinema, National Cinema, Bollywood.


Study of Masters

“Indian Masters and International Masters: Satyajit Ray, Ritwick Ghatak, Jean Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Luis Bunuel.


Production and Post-Production

Script Writing

“Theory of Narrative: Propp’s ideas of narratology, Character Types, Structures of Story, Idea, Plot, Narrative Structures – Three Act Structure, Storyboarding, Ideating, conceiving of the Plot, Research on the topic, Writing Script for a Short Film



Basic of Still Camera, Basics of Movie Camera, Digital camera Programming, Various types of shots, Movements of camera, angles of camera, Different shot composition in cinema, Different Formats: DV, DVCAM, HDV, HD, Lighting, Colour, Setting



“Nature of sound waves, Propagation process, Frequency, Amplitude, Wavelength, Pitch, Microphones, Digital Audio: Theory, Process and application, Introduction to location recording, Overview of Studio Processes, Post Production processes.



Theories of Editing, Continuity editing (Classical Hollywood style), Spatial Association of Shots, Temporal Association of Shots, Digital Editing and its difference with Analogue System, Off-line editing, Online editing, Type of Transitions and their uses in films, Eisenstein’s theory of montage, Kuleshov Effect, Discontinuity in Editing: Discontinuity in Ozu, Discontinuity in Bunuel, Discontinuity in Godard Forms and aesthetics of editing for different medium: Editing in Cinema, Editing in Television, Editing for Advertisements, Editing for Documentary, Editing for Music Video, Studying edit sequences from films of different genres and directors with different styles Digital Editing Codecs, Compression, Digital connectors, Linear Vs Nonlinear, Various Video Formats, Understanding Video signals, Introduction to Editing Software, Introduction to video compositing, Keying- Details of Green screen and blue screen footage compositing and their set up – Color correction – 2D Tracking



Production of Fiction Filmmaking, Non-Fiction Filmmaking, Advertisments, Music Videos.


Induistry Forms and Experience

Web Series

“What is New Media, Genesis of New Media, Diffusion of Reality, Diffusion of Identity, Characteristics, Online Film Festivals, Channels, YouTube Uploading Films and Creating Traffic, Studies of various web based entertainment practices, Web Series – Content, Style, Techniques, and
Difference with other forms of media


Pitching and Marketing

Students will be pitching/presenting their films (documentary or fiction) to organizations, film production houses, and individual producers at various levels. Basics of Marketing, Laws of Marketing, The Business of Film production, Distribution and Exhibition, Market research, Audience research, Study of the film industry in India, Methods of Marketing a film, Online Marketing, New Media Publicity, Generation of Reviews, Media Mix, Media Cross Campaign Online Cross Campaign.




Programme Type - PG

Duration - 2 years

Minimum Eligibility - Any Graduate with 50% aggregate



Degree Awarded By -

Fee Details


Payment Date

One Time Payment Yearly Payment Payment Deadline Half-Yearly Payment
Admission Fee INR 50,000 INR 50,000 INR 50,000
Within 15 days of Admission INR 2,74,500 INR 1,72,500 INR 91,600
on or before 30th Nov, 2023 INR 91,600
on or before 31st May, 2024 INR 1,20,000 INR 61,200
on or before 30th Nov, 2024 INR 66,100
Total Fees: INR 3,24,500 INR 3,42,500 INR 3,60,500
Course Fee including Admission :

* The fees mentioned above are only for students from India.
Please contact the admission counselor for a detailed fee structure for International Students.

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