M.A. in Film, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies - RV University

Programme Overview

The MA programme in “Film, Philosophy and Cultural Studies”, the first-of its kind in India, is envisioned as a unique course outside of established disciplinary possibilities. With the study of film at its core, the course incorporates perspectives from Philosophy—the oldest discipline in the humanities—and Cultural Studies, an “anti-disciplinary” project that blurs disciplinary boundaries.

This multidisciplinary course, where Philosophy and Cultural Studies respond to Film Studies, offers a study of filmmaking, art and film criticism for aspiring scholars, journalists, culture curators and early and mid-career professionals seeking to enhance their cross-cultural understanding.

Students undertaking this programme will be eligible for Indian and global, Doctoral and interdisciplinary research projects in world cinema and film studies, philosophy of the arts, Indian aesthetics and emerging specializations in the appreciation, interpretation and communication of visual cultures.

This unique interdisciplinary taught and project based Liberal Arts Master’s program offers broad and in-depth, research-led, education experience that will enhance critical and philosophical skills in thinking, interpreting, writing and review of influential global and local culture icons/artefacts etc. Candidates successfully completing the programme will acquire scholarly understandings of the fields of practice for academic careers in film, philosophy, performing arts, culture and area studies. Graduates seeking industry pathways will be provided with training and practice in curation, archiving, adaptation, script and screenplay, criticism, entertainment journalism and writing on cinema.

Who Should Apply:

  • Students wanting to specialize in film, art, and literary criticism.
  • Students interested in writing scripts, plays and other artistic expressions.
  • Students interested in exploring the interconnections between philosophy, literature, film, OTT and performing arts.
  • Students having broader interests in exploring art and aesthetics.
  • Early, mid-career journalists interested in cultural criticism.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum 55% in UG (any discipline)

Selection Criteria

  • Personal essays (Statement of Purpose) and Panel interview
  • Course Fee: Rs. 2 lakh per annum

Admission Process

Step – 01

RVU Selection Process

Statement of Purpose (SoP) + Personal interview

Step – 02

Offer letter

Subject to fulfilment of eligibility and admission criteria

Step – 03


Payment of fee


  • Film Critic/Reviewer
  • Film Researcher
  • Cultural Analyst
  • Media or Cultural Studies Professor
  • Film Festival Programmer/Curator
  • Film and Media Production
  • Arts and Culture Administration
  • Screenwriter/Script Consultant
  • Film Archivist/Curator
  • Social and Cultural Policy Analyst

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