Introduction to Film Studies

By Prof. Aysha Iqbal   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2391
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
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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

Instructor bio

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

Course certificate

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: 29 October 2022 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

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