| Department of Communication

MFA in Film and Television

In order to earn a Master’s Degree in Fine Art in Film and Television at SNU, students are expected to gain 52 credits over a period of four semesters. The Credits are spread across a bouquet of Core and Departmental Electives from among which they can choose. Each student must complete a total of 8 Core courses and 4 Electives

Total Credits


Core Credits


Major Electives

Core & Elective Courses

Core Courses

Course code
Art of Image

Course Description: The course is designed to give the foundation for building of fundamentals of Cinematography…the Art and Craft of executing Motion Picture Imaging. It starts with Still Photography. It takes you step by step into appreciating and practicing the principles of visual design which govern any ‘still image.’ The key concepts practiced here are framing, composition and visual literacy. Students also learn the basic of a digital still image in terms of exposure, optics and the digital science. They go through the history of visual art culminating with the photo chemical photography and its gradual marginalization into a pure art form.
The second half of first semester is devoted to laying foundation of high end Motion Picture Imaging for use in film making.

Audiography - I

Course Description: Aim of this course is to provide an overall understanding of sound and its nature in audio-visual medium by studying the expressive power of sonic elements like voice, music and sound effects and their dramatic impact in cinema and television. This course will encompass the study of theory and principles of sound recording and designing as well as introductory hands on training in different stages involved in the production of professional soundtracks for audio-visual programs that will lay the foundation for advanced study and practice of the same in the following semester.

Screenwriting - I

Course Description: Students are introduced to cinema as a storytelling medium. Elements of the screenplay, including Premise, Theme, Plot, Character, Structure, Scene Design and Dialogue are studied with a view to understanding how the form of the screenplay can be used to tell a story effectively. The dramaturgy of well-crafted films is analyzed in class, via a deconstruction of their screenplays. Students also learn to discover stories, within themselves as well as in the wider world that they inhabit. They are encouraged to form their own world-view in order to tell stories that are unique. They begin their journey as storytellers via writing exercises and class assignments.
At the end of this semester, students will emerge with an appreciation of the importance of storytelling in cinema, an understanding of the principles of screenwriting, and the basic skill to write a screenplay. Each student will write the screenplay for a 10-minute film, complete with dialogue.


Course Description: The objective of this course in Semester 2, is to enter the realm of core Cinematographic practice both in fiction and non-fiction. Students start learning on entry level Cinema cameras. They learn how to take complex shots and the logic of apparent continuous action to deliver a unit of filmmaking called ‘Scene’. They learn Movement in Cinema an enhance their skills to communicate precisely with the Visual language of Motion Pictures. They also learn the Technology of current Motion Picture and its challenges.
In the second half of Semester 2, the emphasis shifts from functionality to creating a mood and believability in Cinematography. Key concepts of Lighting in Cinema is introduced. Along with acquiring basic skills of lighting students learn use of elements of Colour and Production Design. Emphasis is given on appreciating and understanding the aesthetic of Cinematography in itself. Students learn to deliver effective Cinematography for Short Films.

Audiography - II

Course Description: Sound theory Sound Practice. In this semester we shall learn the techniques as well as study the underlying principles of digital audio recording, editing and mixing for cinema and television. The aim will be to provide in-depth theoretical knowledge, practical experience by means of short lectures and practical sessions comprising of following exercises:
1. Recording on location for film and television
2. Recording inside studio( Dubbing, V.O., Music)
3. Cleaning and editing of recorded tracks using latest software
4. Sound designing(Track laying, editing and pre-mix) for a given video
Final mixing and taking output.

Principles of Editing - I

Course Description: This course will enable students to
• Generate an overall understanding of how moving images interact to create meaning and emotion.
• Understand concepts like Montage, Decoupage and Mise-en-Scène.
• Get an overview of how editing played an important role in the development of narrative techniques over time.
• Develop an understanding of how images in shots, shots in scenes and scenes in sequences all fit into the story arch and the role each one plays in building the narrative or theme.
This course will be largely lecture-driven using film clippings. Seminar-discussions, short film and full-length film screenings will be used to supplement the theory discussed. The course is designed to be student-led and driven where participation is vital to the learning process. Learning outcomes and evaluations will be mainly through presentations, seminar and term paper submissions. The largest objective is to generate an understanding of the broad strokes that govern the impact that films have through the analysis of technique in selected masterpieces of world cinema.

Screenwriting - II

Course Description: The screenwriting instruction becomes more in-depth during this semester, with classes focusing on films with more complex stories, themes, characters and structures. Students begin working with stories that have the dramatic potential for full-length feature films. Students also study various genres of films. This semester also sees students turning their attention towards the mechanics of writing for television. Students learn to use principles of drama to create stories for this powerful medium. Various kinds of fiction and non-fiction television shows are studied to gain an understanding of the distinctiveness of the medium.
By the end of this semester, students have a deeper understanding of the narrative, across film and television, and have begun discovering their own, individual inclinations as screenwriters and filmmakers. Each student will write a 4-page story for a feature-length film, and develop a concept note for a television show.

Directing Narratives/Fiction

Course Description: This course is an intensive exercise in all the departments of film production. From script to Screen. It’s objective is make students capable to control the medium of film production, by way of exploring the craft. In order to tell the story aesthetically, the course will emphasize on the job and role of a director in a narrative film, which encompasses all the crafts for execution and guidance.
Film in its true sense in a collaborative art and medium, hence the course will discuss the relationship of a director with numerous state holders who are responsible to make the film from technicians, script writer to actor. The course will familiarize with the body of work done by master craftsmen in the field of of film making by screening their work, reading about them and critiquing them. The course will familiarize the distinct style and different approaches to film making.

Directing Documentary/Non-Fiction

Course Description: The course focuses on producing and directing short documentary. The course will emphasize on non-fiction field production. The class combines theory, history and practice of documentary film making. Hands on training, screening of various genres of documentary, discussion and lectures will be part of the course.
Special emphasis include on research, pre-planning and writing skill. At the end of the semester students produce/direct a short film 5-10min.
The basics of film language are studied in class and practiced in film exercises. The documentary exercise is meant to capture real life characters and their environment candidly. Student will learn how to treat and approach the documentary subjects as a visual story teller and what stylistic approach is most appropriate for their subject.

Directing For Multi-camera Television

Course Description: The course will deal with the modern digital T.V. Production in multi -cam set up of T.V. Studio. Students will be familiarized with the studio system in order to understand the functioning of signal chain from multi-cam studio floor to Production Control Room (P.C.R.). Students are expected to understand and perform every role that the television studio has to offer. Students will learn the basics of television pre -production, production, direction, video-switching and online editing. Emphasis will be laid on studio communication system so that each members can understand and implement studio commands quickly, effectively and correctly. Various crew functions will be rotated so that every student is able to fill all studio positions. Students will also be trained in producing and directing live shows.
Students work in teams, each team is responsible for at least one complete production. In addition each student serves in various crew positions for the other productions.

Principles of Editing ? II

Course Description: This course will look at the processes that work at the heart of the magic of cinema – the Art of Editing. It manifests itself in transitions like cuts and dissolves, choreography of movement and stasis, split-second timing or modulations in pace, the interplay of image and sound; of light, colour and graphic elements. This course will address the job of building those skill-sets that go into suturing motion and sound into great cinema. The course will enable the student to Recognize aspects of the various techniques and devices used in scene construction (mise-en-scène) in shots and learn how to handle them.
Understand the intricacies and interaction of narrative and screen time.
Hone aesthetic sensibilities when looking at form and movement, colour and contrast, sound and silence.
Learn software skills to execute the processes that go into building sequences that create a narrative structure to fit the story arch using a combination of theoretical lectures, lecture-demonstrations with software, short and feature-length film screenings with discussions and video tutorials. Technical white-papers and manuals published by the related technology companies will have to be read and discussed, along with textbook references.

Narrative Film Project (Thesis Film)

Course description not available.

Documentary Film Project (Thesis Film)

Course Description: The final or thesis project in multi-cam T.V. Production is divided into pre-production and production. Pre-production is essential to the success of every project. During pre-production phase student will work towards project development which will start with working on final script of a drama or comedy. Each student will participate in the writing of 8-part television series and finally direct one of the episodes.
Students are expected to spend a great deal of time outside of class organizing scripts and rehearsing their production. During pre-production student will work on floor plan, furniture and props under the supervision of a faculty mentor. They will prepare a book containing the diagram of character blocking, camera placement and movements, lighting plans and sound cues.
Screening, discussion and critique of national and international T.V. shows will be the part course.

Television Series (Thesis Project)

Course description not available.

Craft Specializations - Cinematography

Course Description: Upon the successful completion of 3 Semesters students have an option, if faculty committee allows, to opt for craft specialization in any one of these - Cinematography, Sound Recording & Design or Editing. Instead of directing their own thesis film, they have to work on negotiated number of thesis films or video projects in the capacity of cinematographer, sound recordist or editor, depending upon their craft of specialization.

Students who elect this option will have equipment privileges according to their areas of specialization.

Elective Courses

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Sound Sense

This course will introduce you to sound, sound perspective and its aesthetics. The main task would be to listen and thoughtfully consider what you hear and explore what sound is and how we sense and perceive it. Throughout the course we will focus on how sound design conveys meaning and how sound functions with the visual in animation, video and film. We will explore how moving images can be used to strengthen and illustrate relationships and add dimension to sound (and the reverse!) We will also look at how sound is used in these formats to strengthen visual language, provide cues to what is occurring visually, create a sense of space (depth) and place (location), focus attention on objects and actions, provide for compositional structure or to create psychological (emotional) ambience.


Cinema Between Two World Wars (Advanced Level)

Course description not available.

Cinema vs. Television

Course description not available.

Masters of Cinema

Course description not available.

Proposal Writing, Pitching & Fund Raising

Course description not available.

Visual Effects & Grading

Course description not available.

Regional Cinema

Course description not available.

Film & Feminism

Course description not available.