M.A. in Screen Studies


Program Description

M.A. in Screen Studies


The screen is the key interface through which we negotiate our world. Digital tools, platforms, and information together with the algorithms that make up the DNA of today’s screens are as significant a game changer as were the inventions of the printing press and photography to the 15th and 19th centuries. The Masters in Screen Studies enables students to develop a critical perspective on contemporary screen culture and to explore daily engagements with screen media through Srishti’s distinctive approach to practice-based learning.

In the contemporary moment, a time of rapid transformation in art, society and technology, artists, media practitioners, designers and critical thinkers are grappling with digitization and convergences between traditional screen-based media – film, television, video, and photography – and the stream of social and other media forms arising out of today’s networked and screen-based technologies. When screens are everywhere, how we read, interact and communicate through them is fundamental to the practice of literacy and artistic expression in the 21st century. The Screen Studies program at Srishti provides a theoretical, and art and design framework within which students can develop a set of critical making and thinking skills in the context of the current digital revolution and the multiple screens – mobile, web, tablet and so forth – that we wear, carry with us, encounter in public spaces and install in our homes and workplaces.



  • Aesthetics and Critical Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Digital Arts
  • Game Art, Design, and Development
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Visual Communication Design

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Research and Collaboration

  • Art in Transit
  • Center for Public History (CPH)
  • Center for Education, Research, Training, and Development (CERTAD)
  • Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA)
  • Design+Environment+Law Laboratory (DEL Laboratory)
  • Srishti Films
  • Writing Center


Course Structure

  1. Studios: provide intense learning experiences and enable discourse through making and thinking. It will be a core practice space where students will draw from their learning and critical thought from individual M.A. seminar-studios here for a more enriched understanding and experience. It is envisioned as a space for experimenting, synthesizing knowledge and practices through immersive engagement, intuition, contextual learning, design processes and creative methodologies.
  2. Seminar-Studios - To fully explore different learning potentials offered by the humanities and design, this school offers Seminar-Studio as a core learning and investigating space, where text-based scholarship and research practices will be mobilized and reoriented toward an active and experiential engagement with contemporary concerns.
  3. Workshops provide a platform for debate and emergence, through a dialogue between material making and critical thinking. This 2-week engagement in each semester allows students to formulate independent responses to ideas and processes, material and immaterial.
  4. Summer Practice (Practice), with an organization, a center or a lab at Srishti or a self-initiated project, is an integral part of learning, and demonstrating students' abilities to integrate and synthesize in a field, context or environment. Students will engage in a practice during the summer after their first year of the M.A. that will lead to developing their focus area for capstone or dissertation.
  5. 'Interlude' (Practice) - This is a space in which the student will pursue a practical engagement related to their field of study that is creative, reflective and extensive. Students will work collaboratively to conceptualize an experiment, symposium or exhibition, and public engagement or demonstration. The work done in the studios may be extended into this mode or may intersect with Interim Semester (odd semesters only)
  6. A seminar is a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis, etc. by discussion and/or dialogue, and may also involve crits, pin-ups, presentations, etc. of either works-in-progress or completed works for feedback.
  7. Dissertation or Capstone Project in the final semester is the synthesis and demonstration of capabilities to see the world in new ways and study human cultures through its creative practices.


Learning Approach

This program combines a theoretical and practice-based investigation of contemporary and future screen-based media and culture. Screen Studies at Srishti positions students as critical thinkers and practitioners, encouraging theory and practice to be seen in terms of their interdependencies. Students draw from and/or integrate the domains of theory and practice in accordance with their research inquiries and skill sets which they wish to develop in the Screen Studies context. Humanities and design methodologies will inform studio learning, seminars, and workshops, and in turn, be incorporated into the exploration of existing and next-generation screen-based media through internships and project work.



  • Understanding of how emerging technologies are shaping societies, human habits, and behavior.
  • Historically contextualize software functions and creation, and understand their political subtexts and relevance to everyday life.
  • Understand the history, politics, and future of the image.
  • Develop research methods in field practice to understand screen use in local settings.
  • Use digital tools and platforms to produce, research, remix, play with and disseminate media content.
  • Generate critical insights through tinkering with technology – analog and digital.
  • Formulate a research question applicable to a written or practice-based project.



  • Screen-based art practice (internet art, 'post-photography', film and video, interactive installation, i-Doc and new forms of digital storytelling).
  • Museum, gallery and festival curation across the visual and media arts.
  • Creative and technology sector research.
  • Art and screen media criticism.
  • Collaborative research and practice in the area of screen culture and practices.
  • Funded and/or doctoral research.


For further information, kindly email Aileen Blaney at aileen.blaney@srishti.ac.in

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology is a non-residential institution founded in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust with the objective of providing art and design education in an environment of creat ... Read More

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology is a non-residential institution founded in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust with the objective of providing art and design education in an environment of creativity to maximize the individual’s potential.The Ujwal Trust also manages Srishti's sister institution, the prestigious Mallya Aditi International School. Read less