MA (Film & Media)

Major in Direction and Cinematography

Cinematographers excel in the use of light and movement. They can turn a dull, uninspiring image into a moving piece of art, with the help of perfect lighting, composition, framing and digital colour correction in Post-Production.

This program teaches students the complete craft of Direction – for varied mediums such as Film, Television, Web Series etc. It additionally hones their knowledge in the area of Cinematography – covering aspects such as range of camera, lighting and grip equipment as they move from simple exercises to increasingly complex projects.

The MA (Film & Media) – Major in Direction and Cinematography Program offered at Annapurna College is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU).

Join Annapurna College of Film and Media to Further Your Career.

Program Flow

Semester 1

Foundation Setting

  • Build Critical Thinking Skills required for an advanced study in the field of Film and Media
  • Explore Various Aspects of Filmmaking
  • Learn the basics of the preferred area of specialisation

Semester 2&3

Explore Core Subjects

Delve deeper into the preferred area of specialisation:

  • Wide range of Camera, Lighting and Grip Equipment

Continue with Liberal Arts Education.

Semester 4

Advanced Study in the Area of Specialisation

MA (Film & Media) – Major in Direction and Cinematography will help students:

  • Build Technical Skills
  • Get Project-based Experiential Learning in the area of specialisation
  • Gain wider exposure to a wide range of media

*During the course of their studies, students develop their professional portfolio.

Upon completion of the course, students have the option of entering the industry through our placement office, freelancing, or continuing with their post-graduate education. They can also follow the path of Entrepreneurship.




Mr. Arvind Ranjan Das
Head of Department

  • 25+ Years of Industry Experience
  • Over a decade of Filmmaking at Mumbai Film Academy
  • Writer & Director of Hindi Feature Films- ‘Ghazab Nagariya’, produced by Antarang and ‘System’, produced by Jhamu Sughand Production
  • Producer & Director of TV Shows, ‘Hollywood se Bollywood’ on Zee TV, ‘Request Your Best’ and ‘Sargam Sadabahar’ on Doordarshan
  • Arvind was also the Senior Director of Care World and ATN Channel

Mr. Zaid Ali Khan
Member of Faculty for Film Direction

  • Alumnus Central Film School, London
  • Successfully released his first Feature Film, ‘Khwaabb’ in 2014 and has worked on several award-winning documentaries and corporate films
  • His recent international collaborations include work with The Economist, UK and a Canadian Netflix Documentary

Mr. M. V. Raghu
Head of Department

  • Started his film career in 1975 in Camera Department of Vijaya Vauhini Studios, Chennai
    Worked as a freelancer with Sri V.S.R. Swamy and S. Gopal Reddy
  • Contributed over 76+movie ads, documentaries and short films
  • His best films include Swathi Mutyam, Sirivennela, Sitaram, Anveshana, Aalala na, Sansar and Mera Pati Sirf Mera Hai

Mr. Raman Iyer
Member of Faculty for Cinematography

  • Alumnus FTII, Pune
  • Over 20 years of experience in Television and Film Industry as a Director of Photography for audio-visual productions
  • Won the Best Cameraman Award (instituted by the Kerala Film Critics Association) for shooting Tele-Films for the regional television channels in Kerala
  • His repertoire includes documentaries and promotional films like the documentary film on legendary painter K. C. S Panicker

Mr. Srinivas Talapalli
Member of Faculty for Cinematography

  • Over 13 years of experience in Cinematography, Photography, Content Creation, TVC, VFX Production and Feature Films
  • Worked as Content Executive/Cinematographer at Reliance Big Entertainment (FunOnGo)
  • Completed PG Diploma in TV Production with Distinction from Central University

Mr. Milind Mahale
Member of Faculty for Cinematography

  • Alumnus FTII, Pune
  • Over 17 years of professional Film & TV industry experience in all aspects of Film and Television production
  • Contributed his skills and knowledge as a faculty for Cinematography at Digital Academy – The Film School, Mumbai, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Production, in the department of Film & Television, School of Creative Arts etc.

     Asked Questions

Annapurna College is the only film school that offers dual specialisation. Direction + Editing / Cinematography/ Sound/ Script writing/ Production. And there is a reason for it. In the Industry, successful directors have often started their career either in the technical fields (Editing / Cinematography / Sound), as a Scriptwriter or as a Line Producer. Over a period of time, they have gained experience, gained expertise, polished their skills, built their teams and are ready to direct a film.  The Industry is tough and demanding. A dual specialisation means dual skills – something that will help you start off your career and build it to your role of a director. Names to consider are Santosh Sivan (DOP and now Director), Sanjay Leela Bhansali/ Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Editing and now Director), Sriram Raghavan (Script Writer and now Director). We not just attempt placements for our students; but also ensure that we support them in building their career.

It is good to hear that you have absolute clarity on what you want to do and we do hope that you will be able to do so. Annapurna College has a process that needs to be adhered to. There is a SET (Specialisation Entrance Test) that will be conducted at the end of Semester 2. Your attendance for the 1st two semesters and your internal exam scores will be considered along with SET and then specialisation offered. Hence,  you will need to ensure that your attendance and scores are not just good, but the best. It’s a tough competition and hence there are limited seats in each specialisation.

           and Eligibility

Annapurna College of Film and Media is affiliated with Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU), Hyderabad. The Degree is given by JNAFAU, Hyderabad.
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree in any field with 2-3 years of industry experience or
Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication / Visual Communication or
A Degree in a related discipline, with minimum marks of 50%.

Mandatory: Students are required to carry their portfolio of creative work during the Admission Interview.

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