The Ramoji Academy of Film & Television (RAFT) was established for the purpose of turning out well-trained and rounded young professionals for positions in the film and television industries. The rapid expansion in these industries has brought to the fore a strong demand for technical and theoretical training in several departments. RAFT, by providing courses designed with industry requirements in mind, aims to contribute towards meeting this demand.
The Academy offers Diploma courses in Directing, Cinematography, Acting, Screenwriting, and Editing. Directing and Cinematography programs are run as two-year Post Graduate diploma courses; Acting, Editing, and Screenwriting programs are run as one-year diploma courses.
All programs are designed to be hands-on and to incorporate latest industry standards. A strong theoretical foundation is laid but the stress is on practical work. Students are constantly engaged in projects and exercises that test and expand their understanding of concepts. This emphasis on application is intended to put RAFT students at an advantage when they enter the industry.
In an environment where technology is driving changes in industry, the Academy is seized of the importance of training its students on cutting-edge equipment. To this end, RAFT periodically upgrades its facilities, classrooms, and equipment and ensures that they are state-of-the-art. RAFT’s sprawling and elegant campus also provides an ideal environment for learning and creativity. The academy is nestled in Ramoji Film City – the world’s largest film studio complex recognized by Guinness World Records -- and is surrounded by bustling film activity
The Academy draws its faculty from among working professionals in the industry. The mandate given to faculty is to constantly endeavor to integrate theory and practice. RAFT has other close connections with the industry, especially through its in-house film and television arms (Ushakiron Movies and ETV), and utilizes these to expose students to actual professional work. Being part of the Ramoji Group, which has a leading presence in film, entertainment infrastructure, and television, gives the Academy an unparalleled advantage in this regard.
In terms of course design, faculty, and state-of-the-art equipment the Ramoji Academy of Film & Television holds a distinct edge.
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Focus: Controlling the quality of visual storytelling and sensibility onscreen, the cinematographer is in great demand in all visual media, especially with rapidly evolving technology in filmmaking.
Given RAFT’s industry-experienced faculty, locations (Ramoji Film City floors and locales), and equipment, it is the ideal place to learn cinematography. Cinematography courses at RAFT emphasize training in industry-oriented practical skills alongside theory and aesthetics. The cinematographer is two-year program the chief technician onset, and two-year program teaches students how to lead and collaborate creatively in dynamic and demanding environments.
A career in cinematography is as rewarding as it is demanding. The cinematographer’s skill and know-how directly determine the final film-viewing experience of the audience. The industry is constantly on the look-out for highly-trained and capable entrants. With screen media expanding to include platforms like Netflix and YouTube, films with a very wide range of budgets and scale have become possible. As a result, skilled technicians who can adapt to the budget and equipment while consistently delivering high-quality results are much in demand.
Focus: Learn to engage audiences in moving and meaningful narratives across media platforms.
The course ingrains the essential directing skillset and starts students off on their career paths. Highly-trained and industry-experienced mentors orient students to thrive in professional environments and help students develop their own aesthetic. Student projects and collaborations with in-house Ramoji Group film and television arms ensure that students have ample opportunity not only to observe and interact with the industry but to participate in industry projects.
There’s an explosion in demand for onscreen content. Even as conventional media like cinema and TV continue to thrive, new formats like Netflix and YouTube are fundamentally altering the way media is consumed. The demand for compelling and meaningful onscreen narratives has never been higher. The director is at the centerstage of this process and career opportunities in this discipline are numerous. For directors well-grounded in the fundamentals and techniques of filmmaking, opportunities across media platforms are limitless.
Focus: The editor shapes stories into the moving, aesthetic experiences finally projected onscreen.
RAFT’s outstanding faculty and facilities make it the ideal place to learn the theory and craft of editing. With world-class course design and emphasis on hands-on application of editing techniques, RAFT’s editing courses prepare students to enter the industry as working professionals. Students work on multiple exercises and projects that help them hone their skills. As editing is a discipline constantly impacted by technological advancements, RAFT courses use the latest techniques, equipment, and software to ensure that students are at the cutting edge.
In addition, students are exposed to and involved in actual film and television industry projects of the Ramoji group. Workshops and masterclasses by industry professionals round off the experience and provide networking opportunities.
Due to technological advancements, content is available to audiences on more platforms today than ever before. The demand for good content has increased exponentially. Consequently, the editor, whose role involves harnessing the power of audiovisual media to shape compelling narratives, is much in demand. From the simplest video to the big screen spectacle, the editor determines the quality of audience experience. Trained editors find employment in film, television, and web content companies. They are also much sought after in ad and PR agencies.
Focus: The storyteller is at the heart of this massive expansion in content across platforms
The 1-Year Program in Screenwriting is a highly-focused and demanding program designed to create
industry-ready screenwriters. Students are regarded as working writers and challenging writing targets
(both quantitative and qualitative) must be met in order to complete the course. The course is built on the
twin beliefs that: 1) screenwriters develop only through writing extensively; 2) and aspiring screenwriters
mature only by presenting their ideas directly to the film industry.
Experienced faculty, who are themselves professional writers, teach screenwriting theory, guide projects, and lead group writing projects. Upon completion of the program, students will have at least one individual bound feature film script, several story outlines, and other projects/credits to their name.
The explosive growth in media across platforms is powered primarily by screenwriters. The demand for quality content, and therefore for screenwriters, has never been higher. World over, showrunners of TV and web series are typically writers. Options for trained screenwriters range from being independent writers to joining writing teams for film, television, and the web, to becoming showrunners. New media like YouTube and Netflix are creating opportunities every day, but they also demand a high level of skill. With grounding in the fundamentals of screenwriting, a writer can adapt and be an effective storyteller in any medium. RAFT lays the groundwork for this through theoretical and practical orientation.
Focus: Learn to make your own films with digital technology.
The DFM program at RAFT is a multidisciplinary course that enables students to be self-reliant as filmmakers. Students gain skills in all filmmaking disciplines and are able to operate independently (on a small scale) or collaborate dynamically with other departments in larger projects. Apart from teaching fundamental concepts and aesthetics, the course imparts practical skills. RAFT exposes students to the latest in equipment and software being used in the contemporary industry
Taught by experienced faculty from several disciplines, the course helps develop students into competent creative professionals who can collaborate and contribute in multiple departments of filmmaking. The broad objective of this one-year course is to give the students a deeper understanding of digital visual media, lighting, on-spot-audio (location audio), and digital post production
A diploma in Digital Filmmaking allows students to become independent professionals working in film or television. Alternatively, they can join filmmakers or media organizations utilizing their grasp of all disciplines of filmmaking. Graduates of DFM may also choose to specialize in a particular discipline (either by working in that field or studying further). The skills taught and the projects worked on during the course ensure that students leave the program with a high level of competence in filmmaking. They would find opportunities in everything from mainstream film and television projects to independent YouTube and live-streaming platforms.
Focus: Lead the next generation of actors!
There has never been as much demand for actors as exists now. From YouTube to Netflix to global cinema, stories today have wider reach and range than ever before. The RAFT Acting course gives you the knowledge and skills to seize the moment and launch your career in acting. It is an opportunity to be part of stories that are powerful, unique, and have the potential to be viewed the world over.
The One-Year Program in Acting provides in-depth training carefully designed to develop students’ vocal, physical, and emotional range. The course will focus on developing skills specifically for screen even as it devotes time to understanding various other acting methodologies.
The course is intensive in pace and pushes students to explore their emotional and cultural maturity. It provides ample opportunities for students to discover their creative selves. Emphasis is placed on reflective practice, which encourages critical awareness of how performance is realized onscreen.
This course is designed for students with a passion for acting and a commitment to a career in the screen industries. We’re eager to work with imaginative and collaborative students from diverse backgrounds and develop them into Indian actors with global appeal. A graduate will be ready for entry-level jobs in film, television, and web industries.
Potential careers include: