Introduction to Film Studies

By Prof. Aysha Iqbal   |   IIT Madras
The course will focus on some important trends and genres in world cinema, along with key concepts in film studies. It aims to make participants familiar with some major international cinematic figures and films.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any Ineterested Learners
PRE-REQUISITES        :  Nil

Learners enrolled: 204


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 25 Jan 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
  • Level : Undergraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    1.Cinema and Modernism
    2.Semiotics of Films
    3. Realism
    4. Editing in Cinema
    5.Film Theory
    6.Character in cinema
    7.Plot in Cinema
    8.Colour Theory and Cinema
    9.Ideology in Cinema
    10. Intertextuality and Films
    11. French new wave
    12. German Expressionism
    13.Italian Neo-Realism
    14. Great European Directors:  Jean Renoir
    15. Luis Bunuel
    16. Robert Bresson (1907-1999)
    17.Classic Hollywood
    18.The Cinema of Orson Welles
    19.New Hollywood
    20.Counterculture and cinema
    21. Auteur Theory: Alfred Hitchcock
    22. Martin Scorsese
    23.Michael Mann
    24.The Cinema of David Cronenberg
    25.Film Genres
    26.The Western
    27. Film Noir
    28.Gangster Cinema
    30.Anthology Films
    31.Films about Media
    32.Japanese Cinema
    33.Chinese Cinema
    34.Representations of Small town in Films
    35. Representation of City in Cinema
    36. Film remakes & sequels
    37. Stardom
    38.Key Film Texts
    39. Key Concepts 1
    40.Key Concepts 2




    Prof. Aysha Iqbal

    IIT Madras
    Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan is professor of film studies, drama and popular culture in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. Among her several books are Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors(ed.) Sage: New Delhi, 2017, Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English: Global Reception & Politics of Award London: ANTHEM, 2013.  Her books on communication include English for Technical Communication, and English for Nurses and English for the Hotel Industry


    The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


    Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
    Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

    Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

    Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

    Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

    Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

    - NPTEL team