Jamia Millia Islamia University is all set to launch a new creed of actors, as the university‘s Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) will offer a course in acting from the new academic session. The course starting July 2012 will be a postgraduate diploma course of oneyear duration with a total intake of 20 students.
The new course is meant to introduce students to the fundamentals of the subject and to make them informed observers of the experience of acting. However, the components of the course are still in the planning stage, the curricula will have various improvisations and exercises to cultivate the acting skills of students.
Why acting? “Jamia’s MCRC has been expanding over the years. Though we always had films and theatre as course components, but there was no full-fledged course on acting, hence, we thought this is one area that can be developed. Also, in a place like Delhi, with a vibrant theatre culture, attracting talent and honing the skills will not be a problem,” says Simi Malhotra, faculty and media co-ordinator.
Talking about the course module, she adds, the course will be a shift from the traditional media to the new media. The curriculum is still being devised. Since it’s a professional course, a balance will be maintained between theory and practice of acting. Inputs on acting, voice modulation, script-writing, production, etc, will be given to students to introduce them to various elements of the field.
For the faculty, the department has approached people from the field, besides the existing faculty at the centre.
According to Malhotra, it is going to be an exciting course. “It will open a lot of avenues for students in theatre productions as well as television and film industry since acting is an important component across all these media.”
The eligibility for the course is graduation in any discipline (10+2+3) with not less than 50% marks in aggregate. Admission to the programme will be through an entrance test followed by an interview.