M.Cr.A. in Creative Documentary

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Program Description

M.Cr.A. in Creative Documentary

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

M.Cr.A. in Creative Documentary


The first film ever made was a documentary. Since then, the practice of filmmaking, and of documentary film in particular, has undergone a huge transformation. New technologies have made way for different stories and unheard voices to emerge and together they have evolved into a variety of forms, styles, and genres that allow for highly individualized and creative interpretations of the reality they depict. This forms the crux of the master’s program in Creative Documentary at Srishti.

Engaging with social, political, cultural contexts and navigating research processes students will learn to identify cinematic material from the world around them. Grappling with historical, theoretical, ethical, technical and practical aspects of documentary filmmaking, they will work towards the submission of a professionally made thesis documentary.


This postgraduate program in creative documentary intersects with the following disciplines:

  • Animation
  • Contemporary Art Practices
  • Experimental Media Arts
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Public History

Research and Collaboration

Students of film courses have the opportunity to engage with and draw upon, the knowledge resources of other schools as well as the labs and centers at Srishti.

  • Center for Public History (CPH)
  • Srishti Films
  • The Kabir Project

Key Values in the Curriculum

  • Exploration of personal vision and position
  • Critical response to context
  • Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Point of View
  • Ethical and responsible image-making
  • Impactful storytelling

Course Structure

  1. Studios encourage active, contextual learning where students develop core disciplinary skills and knowledge. Studios facilitate collaborative and creative design solutions to complex, open-ended problems.
  2. Workshops provide intense learning experiences in making and doing, across the different disciplines.
  3. Internship with an industry or a design studio is compulsory for students at the end of the 1st year for M.Des.
  4. Self Initiated Project is an end of the semester challenge that allows the student to engage in research/ inquiry or design based projects. Students begin by writing their project proposal and defining the scope of their project and they are mentored by faculty/design professionals.
  5. Electives are liberal arts courses aimed to cultivate intellectual and reflective abilities in students and motivate them to probe deeper and approach their design process in a holistic manner.
  6. Capstone Project is the culmination of the research, capabilities, and knowledge gained over the last three semesters. Students are required to submit their design output and a mandated thesis document. Students are mentored during this final project and go through seminars to get feedback from faculty and peer groups.

Learning Approach

Learning at the master’s level will be through coursework and self-initiated work. The course will expose students to the history and practice of documentary film in the world and in India, through screenings and readings. As they hone their filmmaking craft, they will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to their own work and that of others. They will have the opportunity to enrich and expand their practice by engaging with the rich variety of allied disciplines taught in Srishti. Facilitators and mentors will guide students through an independent learning process.


  • Using image & sound as a way of seeing & understanding the world.
  • Using different research methods & critical thinking to arrive at a hypothesis.
  • Articulating ideas and concepts in written and spoken form.
  • Understanding and constructing a narrative.
  • Exploiting the possibilities of the editing process.
  • Experimenting with technique, form, and material.
  • Understanding subjectivity and objectivity.
  • Conceptualising and producing a short documentary film independently.


  • Undertake the making of independent or commissioned documentary films.
  • Work in Television or any organization engaged in audio-visual production.
  • Work as media consultant for national and international agencies.
  • Pursue doctoral research in film.


For further information please email Swati Dandekar at swati_d@srishti.ac.in

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 10, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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July 2018
2 years
Full time
India - Bangalore, Karnataka
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