Bachelor in Film Studies in Nepal

Bachelor in Film Studies in Nepal

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Kanti KhadkaFri Sep 17 2021

Bachelor in Film Studies (BFS) degree in Nepal is one of the cheapest film studies courses in the world. 

This 4-year undergraduate degree offers a range of professional skills in production, post-production, screenwriting and direction, cinematography, sound design, and acting.

Graduates who complete the bachelor of film studies in Nepal often find opportunities to work with private companies of film industries and government bodies in their documentary works.
Further, film studies graduates in Nepal can also pursue their careers in several areas such as direction, screenwriting, studio producing, camera operation, film editing, among others.

Recently, BFS colleges in Nepal have also introduced internship programs allowing students to gather practical knowledge and build connections within the filmmaking fraternity in Nepal. 

Why study Bachelor in Film Studies in Nepal?

Bachelor in Film Studies in Nepal is one of the few courses in Nepal that integrates theoretical understanding with independent research and practical skills. 

Further, this program comes with hands-on experience and an excellent opportunity to interact and learn from experienced film industry personnel. 

Other than these, here are few reasons why you should consider studying BFS in Nepal:

  • Bachelor in Film Studies in Nepal is the cheapest film studies course in the world. 
  • This course offers various career opportunities such as starting your own business, freelance for agencies, collaborating with creative industries for film promotion, story development, media research, film festivals, media education, advertising and film curating and programming.
  •  This course equips you with essential skills to act, write, direct, and produce different media content, including documentaries, movies, advertisements, and others.  
  • It opens up opportunities to study abroad to pursue higher degrees in film studies or other disciplines like MA in any subject.

Admission Procedures for Bachelor in Film Studies in Nepal

Please find the admission criteria for the BFS course – eligibility, entrance examination, and required documents below.  

Eligibility

  • Applicants interested in pursuing a BFS degree must have a +2, PCL or any equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognised institution with a minimum aggregate of 40% or 2.0 GPA.
  • Most film programs cover digital photography and editing courses. So, students with computer skills have an advantage over those with no computer skills. 
  • Applicants who passed Class XI, waiting for Class XII results can also apply for provisional admission. However, for formal registration,  they will have to present the proof of passing the Grade 12 examination within 15 days of the result publication.
  • Non- Nepali with  +2, PCL or any equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognised institution with a minimum aggregate of 40% or 2.0 GPA can also enrol for this course.

Entrance examination 

For admission, applicants must pass the entrance test conducted by the respective university. The entrance examination comprises three phases.

  • Written test
  • Oral test
  • Personal interview

Required Documents to Apply for Bachelor of Film Making Courses in Nepal

While applying for admission, candidates must have to submit the following documents:

  • Accurately filled and signed admission form.
  • Photocopy/ copy of certificates of SLC and +2 or any intermediate level equivalent to it.
  • Character certificates issued by the academic institutes last attended.
  • Two recent passport size photos.

Major Subjects in Bachelor in Film Studies

Bachelor in Film Studies offers 5 integral specialisations – direction and screenplay writing, acting, cinematography, editing and sound designing. 

All five subjects are mandatory in the first year. From the second year, you can choose to major in one of the following:

  • Direction and screenplay writing

Direction and screenplay writing focus primarily on overseeing the artistic and technical elements in film production as a director. With an emphasis on originality, variety of screenwriting and directing styles, tones and techniques, this course helps students enhance their visual storytelling skills. 

Upon completing BFS majoring in direction and screenplay writing,  students will learn to examine a wide range of texts and films and take charge of a film’s narrative through powerful imagery.

  • Acting

The acting course aims to provide students with thorough training on professional acting. It involves necessary acting fundamentals like movement, singing, voice, research, and personal/ professional development skills. 

Upon completion of 4 years program, students will have adequate practical and theoretical knowledge to start as a professional in a wide variety of media, including theatre, television, film and radio.

  • Cinematography

Cinematography focuses on understanding and modulating camera movement, placement, composition, and lighting. The course provides complete knowledge on filmmaking’s technical and creative demands which includes creating the look, lighting, colour, and framing of every shot in a film.

 Upon completion of the course, students will gain comprehensive skills on using different types of equipment to produce images that act as a powerful tool for narrating the story.

  • Editing

Editing is a crucial process in filmmaking. This process involves blending images and sounds to make viewers feel emotionally connected to the story. This course covers editing essentials such as rearranging different video sections and creating transitions between different scenes using various techniques and software for video editing. 

Upon completion of BFS in editing, students acquire knowledge on technical and aesthetic aspects of filmmaking. Moreover, it broadens their professional scope to work as video editors in a wide range of industries, corporations, post-production films and more.   

  • Sound recording and design

Sound recording and design courses seek to provide technical knowledge on sound and its creative uses in a movie. Some of the major elements of this course include music, dialogue, sound effects, ambient noise, background noise and soundtracks. 

Upon completing this 4 years undergraduate degree, students will learn to produce, design and synchronise sound professionally using various devices and software used in sound designing. 

Bachelor in Film Studies Colleges in Nepal   

Colleges

Location

University

Courses offered

Course duration

(Years)

Oscar International College

Sukedhara, Kathmandu 

Tribhuvan University

(TU)

Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies (BFS)

4

Nepal Film Campus

Baneshwor, Kathmandu

Tribhuvan University

(TU)

Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies (BFS)

4

Kathmandu University - Centre for Art and Design

Dhulikhel

Kathmandu University

(KU)

Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies (BMS)

4

Fee structure of BFS in Nepal

Colleges

Fee Structure

Oscar International College

5-6 lakhs

Nepal Film Campus

Information N/A

Kathmandu University - Centre for Art and Design 

5, 33,000

Job prospects

Bachelor in Film Studies graduates can pursue various technical, creative or theoretical careers. You can opt for careers in Art, Design & Culture, Compositing, Motion Design, Animation, Cinematography and Film editing.

Other options in the industry include:

  • Film critic
  • Production assistant
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director
  • Film theorist
  • Film/television/video producer
  • Social means manager
  • Runner, broadcasting/video/film
  • Public relations officer
  • Program researcher
  • Software specialist
  • Media planner
  • Information officer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Advertising account executive
  • Market researcher

Employers include:

  • National and international broadcasters such as Amazon and Netflix, and more
  • Movies
  • Different production companies
  • Publishing and media houses, newspapers and film magazines
  • Advertising, PR and marketing companies
  • Multimedia and digital design companies
  • Different educational institutions (teaching and academic research)

Other Filmmaking Short Term Courses 

Besides BFS, those interested can also enrol for short term diploma courses in filmmaking and cinematography. Some of the institutions providing diploma courses are listed below.  

Institutions

Location

Courses offered

Fee structure

Special provision

Everest Film Academy

New Baneshwor,

Kathmandu

Diploma courses on Acting, Direction, Cinematography, Visual editing and Sound

1,85,000

35000 discount for females

Kantipur Film Academy

Thapa Gaun,


New Baneshwor,

Kathmandu

Diploma in Film writing and Directing (1 year)

1,75,000

25,000 discount to females in the last instalment

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