Career in Films
Career in films can be those related to the actual production of the film and those related to the film field such as a film critic, film archivist, film curator, film distributor, etc.
Art direction is one of the most promising career options today, considering the size of the entertainment industry in India. Proliferation of satellite TV channels, stage shows, drama and theatre along with feature films have thrown up limitless opportunities in the field of art direction. The job profile consists of an exhaustive list such as selecting the right location, conceiving visuals in 3D, work in close co-ordination with the film director, cinematographer and costume designer to develop the feel and look of each frame to supervise the decoration and sticking to the budget allocation.
There are several courses like P.G Diploma and Certificate courses in art direction. The minimum qualification for P.G Diploma courses is a graduation in any discipline. Normally, the duration of this course is two to three years but there are short-term courses of only one year offered by some institutes. Besides, there are also certificate courses in art direction. In addition to these training, art directors must have some inherent qualities to excel in this field.
Art directors have multiple career opportunities. They can work with production houses and advertising agencies for directing feature films, TV serials and programmes, reality shows and ad campaigns. Art directors also can excel in theatre and drama. Art directors also can work with various government departments other than the public broadcasters in directing specific programmes relating to that department. They also can find lucrative employment opportunities in media houses particularly electronics media. For a fresh graduate, it is best to start work under an established art designer and pick up tricks of the trade while you are on the job.
Some of the famous film and TV colleges, which offer courses in art direction in India, are:
1. FTII in Pune which is the most lauded film school in India
2. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata
3. Foundation Institute for Learning Media or FILM in Delhi
4. Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods International in Mumbai
5. National School of Drama, New Delhi
6. Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida
7. Film and Television Institute Of Tamil Nadu, Chennai