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MA in Art Practices – 2018-19


Specialisation : Creative Documentary Practice

"My road is towards the creation of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I decipher in a new way the world unknown to you." - Dziga Vertov

This specialisation offers a space to engage with social, political and cultural contexts around us through the medium of film. The focus is on continuous making and learning how the techniques of filmmaking can be employed creatively to tell stories about real people places and events, through one’s own subjective viewpoint.

Key Values in the Curriculum

  • Exploring personal vision and position
  • Ethical and responsible image-making
  • Questioning the notion of reality
  • Reflecting upon the human condition

Course Structure

  • Studios & Labs: Immersive spaces and forums that foster making, experimenting, conversations, thinking and a sense of being.
  • Workshops: provide intense learning experiences in making and doing, across the different disciplines.
  • Seminars: provide a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis through reading, writing, making and discussion.
  • Independent Studies: are undertaken in an area of student interest with minimal mentoring through specially designed study units.
  • Internship: provides students an opportunity to use multidisciplinary skills and learning acquired during the course of study and obtain professional inputs that complement academic learning.
  • Electives & General Studies: Engagement outside the disciplinary framework, that allows for extension, building connections and broadening world view through liberal arts modules. Click here to read more about the General Studies Program >>
  • Self-Initiated Projects: An end of semester challenge that allows the student to engage in research/enquiry in a chosen topic.
  • Interlude (Open Elective): is a space for a practical engagement related to a relevant field of study that is creative, reflective and extensive.
  • Capstone: Mentored project that is a culmination of the research capabilities and knowledge gained over the previous three semesters 

Learning Approach

Learning at the master’s level will be through course work and self-initiated work. The course will expose students to the history and practice of documentary film in the world and in India, through screenings and readings. As they hone their filmmaking craft, they will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to their own work and that of others. They will have the opportunity to enrich and expand their practice by engaging with the rich variety of allied disciplines taught in Srishti. Facilitators and mentors will guide students through an independent learning process.


  • Using camera as a tool of enquiry
  • Employing a range of research methods in generating insights and formulating positions
  • Understanding subjectivity and objectivity
  • Understanding and constructing narrative towards impactful storytelling
  • Using the possibilities of the filmmaking process in making decisions in planned and unplanned situations
  • Experimenting with technique, form and material
  • Conceptualising and producing a short documentary film independently


  • Undertake the making of independent or commissioned documentary films.
  • Work in any organisation engaged in audio-visual production.
  • Work as media consultant for national and international agencies.
  • Pursue doctoral research in film.


For further information please email Swati Dandekar at

Disciplinary Intersections

This postgraduate program in creative documentary intersects with the following disciplines:

Research and Collaboration

Students of film courses have the opportunity to engage with and draw upon, the knowledge resources of other schools as well as the labs and centres at Srishti.


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