The University of Mumbai (MU) on Thursday launched five degree courses in film-making.
The courses are film art, film production, script writing, VFX and animation. To be run by MU’s Garware Institute of Career Education and Development (GICED) and The Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment, the courses will be offered to students from the next academic session. The duration for all is three years. The paper will be evaluated on a 75-25 basis — 75% in practical and the remaining in theory.
The university plans to add diploma courses for working professionals in the future.
While the university’s academic council is yet to approve the new programmes, they were formally launched by actor Amitabh Bacchan at an event on MU’s Kalina campus.
Speaking on the occasion, Ashish Kulkarni, an advisory board member of the academy said that the courses will help on the cinematographic skill of showbiz aspirants.
“In countries across the world, universities have supported their respective film industries. It’s a shame that in its 160 years, MU has not had any academic programme that covers the 105-year-old film industry in the country,” he said. The MU vice-chancellor announced that the university is making a master plan for a separate building for the courses on the Kalina campus.