Film Studies

About Department


The city of Kolkata and its suburbs reflect a strong film culture, involving not only filmmaking but also discussion of and writing on the subject of cinema for several decades. The late Satyajit Ray had proposed the study of cinema as an academic discipline in 1980. Calcutta University introduced it with an undergraduate curriculum in 1995. The discipline with its triple focus on production, transmission and reception strategies appealed to the students and academic administration equally. Thus Rishi Bankim Chandra Evening College with its good support base, a few very enthusiastic ‘cine-aestes’, strong local cultural and intellectual tradition provided the right kind of ambience for study of such a frontier discipline. 

Guest lecturers and professionals from reputed institutions, organizations visit & interact with the students. Students have participated extensively in national and international social, wild life and documentary film festivals by contributing films made by them and often with rewards like the  e-bioscope at online festival and Kolkata Film Festival . They have visited studios like the Roopkala Kendro helping them widen their professional perspectives. The dept. regularly collaborates with an editing studio to edit their short films.  In addition, short term enrichment courses like workshops in ‘Digital Image practices and Darkroom Processes’ have been conducted. The department has maintained a balance of academic performance with achievements in skill and technique.

We, as citizens and more as Netizens today, have progressed into a world of digital audio-visual culture, and have fully equipped ourselves with audio visual resources. As teachers and resource persons, we are often  generating audio visual resources as e-learning materials and teaching the teachers and resource providers of future to develop contents. Film studies teaches us to read visual culture in all its nuances, as also speak the dominant creative language of this century.

The course modules of Film Studies help to 

1. explore the history of cinema in its global breadth, from documentary to experimental  and narrative.

2. develop an understanding of  film’s  aesthetic in relation to culture, politics and society

3. to emerge as better media producers, filmmakers

4. to develop a keen sense of understanding of the components of the art and production skills

5. to understand the industry and its  paradigms and practices

The students of the 2nd, 4th and 6th semesters  have story-boarded and scripted narratives graphically & designed innovative cinematography, sound and lighting styles as part of their practical work and eventually were referred to online resources on cinematography and other components.

The students have used the mobile as well as movie cameras to make short videos, having first acquired the theoretical knowledge of professional cinematography, sound design  and content development. Short documentary and informative films by the students  on social / moral issues as  renditions of contemporary issues  even in the midst of pandemic as practical work has been keeping interest in the subject high.


Teachers' Profile

Prof. Sumana Chandra

Head, SACT

M. A. (Gold Medallist)


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1 Film Studies General CBCS syllabus
3 NEP Semester 2 Syllabus

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1 FMSG 1st Semester DSC1 2021
2 FMSG 3rd Semester DSC3 2021
3 FMSG 5th Semester DSE1 2021
4 FMSG 5th Semester GE1 2021


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