Best Cinematography Schools in India

Jun 08, 2018 Written by Harshit Cinematography Appreciation


Best Cinematography Schools in India

This is a comprehensive list of best cinematography schools in India. India has the world's most elevated film production rate even more than Hollywood and a very strong media industry. The experts of these were not only educated from abroad but the Country itself has great domestic film and TV schools.

I can say direction is the heart of the movie without which a movie cannot be made. If a movie is successful, at that point the director becomes the talk of the town next to actors. But if a movie flops, they won’t say the performing artist have not performed properly or it is a terrible story. Rather they will ask ‘Who directed this movie’? Also, they turn into the reason for disappointment. So directing a movie is not a simple job but an unforgettable task as it involves a lot of responsibilities and the major ones are below.

– Story
– Screenplay
– Casting
– Deciding the budget
– Shooting locations
– Music
– Dialogues
– Cinematography

The executive does not need to do every one of the jobs above but they have to guide / monitor all aspects of the movie. Especially if it is the first movie for the director, at that point they have to put extra effort. Also the executive should have a good rapport with the actors and technicians from the beginning of the movie till it goes in theatres. These days the Indian youth are also interested in movie direction equally when compared to acting and many institutes in Indian provide courses in film direction.


Upon Completion of this 3 year degree in filmmaking from esteemed film school, the student has a choice to end up a Director & Screenplay Writer with a wide knowledge of all aspects of movie making in all the fields – Feature Films, Television Programs, Documentaries, Short Films, Web Series, AD Films and so on.

List of best cinematography schools in India

1. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is an autonomous institute working under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) Government of India and it is a member of CILECT, an organization of world’s leading Film Schools. FTII is situated in Pune, on the location of erstwhile Prabhat Film Company.  Since its inception in 1960, the institute is known for its contribution of technicians and artists to the film industry.

2. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) Kolkata

As like FTII, SRFTI is also a Film and Television institute working under The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India. The institute has been named after acclaimed film director Satyajit Ray. Due to its excellence in education, SRFTI has received the status of ‘Institute of National Importance’ given by the Government of India.

3. The National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmadabad

The National Institute of Design (NID) is an autonomous status attained Film School based in Ahmadabad, India. In a survey conducted by the Business Week in 2010, the institute has been placed in the category of “Top Design Schools in the world.” Alongside of other design courses, NID is offering 4-year courses in film discipline.