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Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

Course Overview

The course provides detailed information with reference to the world of cinema, its history, and the role that cinema plays in society. This is a free Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) online course and can be taken up by those candidates who are interested in the field of cinema. Once the students enroll in the course, they can study from the given material according to their suitability. Candidates who decide to pursue the course will gain information on topics like the history of cinema, how has cinema evolved over time, the era of theatres, and film culture, etc. Students have the freedom to complete the Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) certification at their own pace without any limitations as this is a self-paced course.

This course does not demand any registration fee or enrollment fee at the time of joining the course and students can avail the full curriculum of the course without paying any amount. However, if the candidates choose to get the certification of the course they need to pay the quoted amount and follow the procedure given on the official website. The mentors of the course will take up to 12 weeks to complete the Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) certification syllabus which includes 10 weeks for the completion of the course and 2 weeks for quizzes, tests, and assessments. 

The Highlights

  • In association with Doon University
  • 12 weeks online program
  • Free learning course
  • Self-paced course
  • Certificate available
  • Study material available for participants
  • 24x7 access to the program
  • Online mode of teaching

Programme Offerings

  • Modules
  • exam
  • video lectures
  • assignments

Courses and Certificate Fees

Fees InformationsCertificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
INR 1000yesDoon University, Dehradun
  • Applicants are free to take up the Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) certification at zero cost.
  • Candidates can pay the quoted amount as Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) fees for applying for the proctored exam to get certification for this course.

Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) fees details



Amount in Rupees

Exam fee


Rs. 1,000

Eligibility Criteria


Basic knowledge of cinema and film making would be advised for this course.

Certification Qualifying Details

A proctored exam that contains 70 percent of the assessment needs to be qualified in order to get certified for the Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) training.

What you will learn

Knowledge of films

The candidate who successfully completes the whole course will be able to learn the following- 

  • Candidates will understand the basics of cinema, its history, and the impact of cinema on society. 
  • Participants will get to know how to critically analyze a movie from an artistic point of view through this Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) certification course.
  • Candidates will get an understanding of the development of cinema and how it has evolved throughout the years. 
  • Students will come to know the beginnings of cinema, both- pre world war times and post-world war times.
  • Learners will get to know the three different waves of cinema in this course.
  • Participants will learn about the different film genres of the cinema and its theories. 
  • Candidates will get an understanding of how cinema used to work in the silent era through this Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) program.
  • Students will understand how Hindi cinema started and evolved from the silent era to the modern era.
  • Students will acquire knowledge regarding censorship and the categorization of the films in this course.
  • Candidates will be able to know about film criticism and its production process through the course.

Who it is for

The course would be suitable for-

  • Students who want to appreciate cinema as an art form can enrol in this Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) program.
  • Candidates who wish to apply for a higher level of program, such as postgraduate, can take up this course.

Admission Details

Candidates who are preparing to get into this course need to follow the instructions given below:

Step 1- Applicants must visit the given link to get admitted to the course -

Step 2- Students will be directed to the official website of the course after clicking on the above link.

Step 3- Students will come across the join tab in the top right corner of the website.

Step 4- After clicking on the join tab, Students need to log in or sign up for the course.

Step 5- After signing in to the course, students will be asked to submit their personal and academic details.

Step 6- Candidates need to click on the join the course click given at the end of the page to successfully enrol themselves in the course.

The Syllabus

  • Visual language, cinematography, visual universe
  • Editing- history, and development
  • Mise-en-scene, color as a storytelling device
  • Continuity editing, soviet montage

  • Beginnings of sounds manifestations in cinema, music in cinema
  • Beginnings of cinema
  • Silent era to studio era
  • Diegetic, non-diegetic, sync, non-sync

  • German expressionism - expressionism and world war 1
  • German expressionism - filmmakers, impact, and legacy
  • Italian neorealism - realism and advent of neorealism
  • Italian neorealism - neorealist cinema downfall and legacy

  • French new wave: cashiers du cinema, philosophy
  • French new wave: cinematic style and legacy, the French masters
  • Third cinema - socio-political milieu
  • Third cinema - ideology, movement, and legacy

  • Auteur theory - theory, legacy, auteurs
  • Auteur theory - french cinema, cahiers du cinema
  • Feminist film theory - Freudian psychosexual theory, critique
  • Feminist film theory - visual pleasure, feminist criticism

  • Queer theory - gender and its representation
  • Queer Theory - film as queer text, criticism
  • Postmodernism - postmodernist cinema and characteristics
  • Postmodernism - modernism and cinema

  • Film genre  - film noir, the gangster film
  • Film genre - genre theory
  • Film genre - genre-blending, genre-bending
  • Film genre  - western film, an anthology film

  • The talkie, studio system
  • Narrating the nation in cinema
  • Parsi theatre, silent era
  • Nation-building, the golden age

  • Parallel cinema - decline and legacy
  • Rise of multiplex cinema
  • Indian new wave, parallel cinema
  • Liberalization and Indian cinema

  • Festivals, events, and communities
  • Evolution of censorship
  • Exhibition, distribution, and production
  • Film criticism, cinephilia

Evaluation process

Candidates who wish to acquire the certification for this Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) online course need to pay the exam registration fee as per their category and qualify for the proctored exam with the minimum criteria applicable.


Doon University, Dehradun Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1: What is the registration process for the exam?

The details regarding the exam will be announced on the platform of Swayam. Candidates who want to apply for the exam are requested to keep a check on the website regarding exam details.

2: Which university will provide the certification for this Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) training?

The certification for the course will be provided to the students by Doon University, Dehradun.

3: What is the application fees for this course?

Candidates do not need to pay any application fees to join the course.

4: Will I get a refund of the exam fees if I do not want to give the exam?

No, candidates are not eligible to get a refund for the exam. However, candidates are free to choose if they want to take up the course examination or not.

5: I do not want to go for a professional career. Can I still apply for this course?

Yes, candidates who wish to pursue this course without the intention of getting a job in this field can apply for this course.

6: What is the time period to complete the Introduction To Film Studies (DSE6) certification syllabus?

The mentors will take at least 12 weeks to complete the course.

7: When can I join the course?

Candidates are free to apply for the course whenever they want.

8: Can I access the course for free?

Yes, candidates can access the course without paying any fees but they won’t be eligible to get a certificate for the course then.

9: What is the last date to complete the course?

There is no limitation to the course as it is a self-paced program. Students can take as much time as he or she wants to complete the course.


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