Programmes / Under Graduate / Film & TV
Department of Film & TV

The need for this department and its degree was felt due to the rapid expansion of the film and television media in the region over the last decade. Media is a powerful tool in shaping cultural identity of a country. We want our students to make a constructive difference for the people of Pakistan locally and internationally.

It is now being recognized as a leading film school in the region. Outstanding film personalities have visited the Department in the past, namely, Naseeruddin Shah (Guest lecturer), Shayam Benegal (Guest lecturer), Feo Aladag (Guest lecturer), Nick Baker-Monteys (Guest lecturer), Dr. Shahaba (faculty), Prof. Wolfgang Laengsfeld (faculty) and Kohei Iwasaki (faculty). We are in the process of establishing connections and linkages with various countries round the globe. Among them are USA, France, Sweden and Japan. We are dedicated to delivering an unparalleled student experience in our department. Another effort is to affiliate our students with the film festivals where we encourage our students to exhibit their work in national and international film festivals. This provides our students with not only exposure but also a confident platform to make themselves heard and to prove themselves to be what they struggle for all their educational tenure. Our students have won several national and international awards. They have been selected for various prestigious and coveted fellowships and programs (Berlinale Talent Campus, Asian Film Academy Fellowship, The International Visitor Leadership Program, [IVLP] to represent Pakistan in the U.S. by United States Department of State Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs).

The courses aim at developing the student’s visual and writing skills with special focus on hands on practice. Courses in theory and history provide fundamental understanding of film and television. Our main focus is on professional practice based on exploring our cultural sensibilities, intellect and philosophy in the contemporary theoretical discourse. The management of our performing arts and film & television is vital for our socio-cultural heritage. The program focuses on a fresh understanding of our narratives, philosophy and literature in a contemporary paradigm. The process of production involves the grammar of film, originality and style, interlaced with a creative interaction of ideas, concepts and techniques.

The medium of practice is analogue/digital video technologies, due to their economical accessibility and ease of handling in the teaching processes. The students work with a wide variety of professional equipment, in their projects, provided by the department. The department has state of the art, video production equipment, master control room and editing labs. When required 35mm technology is also demonstrated by arranging workshops in our studio, processing labs or in commercial film studios.

Our updated facilities and equipment include the college’s first MAC lab, for Non Linear Film Editing along with additional two PC based Non Linear Editing labs, a full scale Production Studio with Master Control Room, a Chroma Keying Studio and a fully functional Makeover Facility for actors. We now have the latest equipment that includes Lights, Sound Equipment, 4K Cameras, an array of lenses and all other equipment related to filmmaking. The Department is in the process of establishing a Sound Studio and a new state of the art Dedicated Projection Theatre for both filmmakers and film students.

As a part of the ‘University Partnership Program’ by the State Department, the Department of Film & TV has become a partner with UT Austin South Asia Institute (SAI), in collaboration with Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) in the Moody College of Communication, University of Austin Texas. Every academic term for three years, four scholars (faculty/students) of the Department of Film & TV will spend one semester at the UT, Austin. A group of scholars from our partner university will also visit the Department of Film and Television each year.

The department is presently offering a 4-year Bachelor of Film & Television but in the near future, the NCA plans to expand it to a Masters Degree program in Film and Television. The Department has launched two 6 months certificate courses; Digital Film Production: Fiction (Short Film, Music Video, TVC) and Digital Film Production: Non Fiction (News Reports, Packages, Documentary). We are also now offering 3 months Vocational Training in Non Linear Editing Level II in collaboration with the Punjab Government.

The department also looks forward to positive coalitions with international universities to provide students an exposure to the international film industry.

Bachelor of Film & Television

The four-year Bachelor Degree Program aims at broadening the student’s vision and skills through a well-structured program focusing on professional knowledge of film and television. The program blends theory with hands-on practice based courses and offers interaction between various levels of disciplines required for a film & television Programme. Students are also exposed to television and film studios, internships, active participation in seminars and discussion with guest speakers/professionals. The students get the opportunity to make a portfolio of their work in groups of up to four students from first year onwards, and completing at least two projects per year. There is a vibrant mix of an outstanding faculty of contract, visiting and international experts.

First Year

The first year offers a combination of foundation courses in Film & Television production, theory and visual development. The basic techniques, tools and grammar (Still photography, Making the pinhole camera, parts of the SLR camera, lenses, B&W, darkroom techniques, photo essays and the use of Photoshop) of television production and visual development are learned in the first year. Research methodology is an integral part of the course. Various exercises on principles and elements of design, composition and space make an important component of the first year. Students are encouraged to explore the NCA library and audio & video archives. The projects in the first year are non-fiction and reality based documentaries on personalities, social issues, and culture.

Second Year

The second year is based on introduction to fiction, software and 2D animation. It provides an opportunity to explore production techniques, indoor and outdoor situations through writing and production of short fiction projects. It also introduces the students to dramaturgy, script, direction, cinematography, “Telling the story with a cut” and “Telling the story with a long take”, production management, editing, use of music, etc. besides theoretical courses. The students produce their own short films in groups.

Third Year

The third year focuses on advanced studio courses like multiple camera productions with studio lighting, the use of control room and the introduction to new digital technologies through production of studio drama in the college. The students are also able to demonstrate complex camera movements and advanced editing techniques. Courses on TVC, video art, music video, and 3D animation and software are also offered in the first and second term.

Fourth Year

The fourth year is devoted to production of a thesis film, (documentary or fiction, depending on student’s choice). In the first term, the student develops on a selected thesis idea, which turns into a screenplay. Internal and external tutors supervise advanced seminar classes and practice sessions. The second term is fully devoted to individual projects. External examiners evaluate this work at end of the year.

The curriculum of the discipline and the college environment is conducive in developing and stimulating the student’s vision. This will lead them to become committed professionals in the field of film and television production.

During the summers, we recommend second and third year students to intern at film and television related organizations or production houses for professional exposure.

First Term

FT101 Film & Television Documentary Production-1
FT103 Visual Development/Still Photography-1
FT109 Urdu Literature & Drama -1
FT105 Theory & History of Film -1
FT Film Analysis-1
FT Editing -1
AC110 History and Heritage of Pakistan -1

Second Term

FT102 Film & Television Documentary Production -2
FT106 Theory & History of Film -2
FT110 Urdu Literature & Drama-2
FT103 Visual Development/Still Photography-2
AC160 History and Heritage of Pakistan -2
FT 111 Art History
FT Editing -2
FT Film Analysis-2
AC Communication Skills
AC130 Islamic Students
AC170 Pakistan Studies

First Term

FT201 Film & Television Fiction Production-3
FT107 European Literature & Drama-1
AC210 Media & Communication Theories -1
FT204 Visual Development- 3
FT205 Theory & History of Film -3
FT Editing -3
FT Film Analysis-3

Second Term

FT202 Film & Television Advanced Fiction Production -4
AC211 Media & Communication Theories -2
FT204 3D Design & Computer Graphics for Film & TV
FT206 Theory & History of Film-4
FT Editing -4
FT Film Analysis-4
FT107 European Literature & Drama-2
FT204 Visual Development- 4

First Term

FT301 Film & Television Production-5
AC310 Media & Communication Theories -3
FT305 Theory & History of Film -3
FT Video Art
FT Music Video

Second Term

FT302 Film & Television Production -6
FT302 Music for Film
AC311 Media & Communication Theories -4
FT306 Theory & History of Film -3
AC311 Media & Communication Theories -4
FT TVC

First Term

FT401 Film & Television Production-7
FT403 Professional Practice
FT404 Film History / Theory – 7

Second Term

FT402 Thesis Project

  • Majid Saeed Khan
    Majid Saeed Khan

Majid Saeed Khan
(Assistant Professor)
Head of Department
M.A. Multimedia Arts, National college of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
M.Phil. Sound Design (Aix-en-Provence France)

  • Mariam Saad

Mariam Saad
Assistant Professor Contract
M.A Creative Media(Film & Television Production),
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology ,Australia
B.A (Hons) Specialization in Visual Arts, University
of Western Ontario, Canada

  • Tausif Zain

Tausif Zain ul Abedin
Assistant Professor Contractual
M.A Communication Studies(Film & Television
Production), Punjab University
M.A Economics, Government College University

          Visiting Faculty

  • Shireen Pasha
  • Arif Waqar
  • Riaz A. Gul
  • Salman Shahid
  • Sarwat Ali
  • Ghulam Mohiuddin
  • Ali Noor
  • Wajahat Masood
  • Sajjad A. Gul
  • Armughan Hassan
  • Talha Ali Khan
  • Pervez Akhtar
  • Narimaan Aziz
  • Shahpara Salim
  • Kamran Butt
  • Wasim Akhtar
  • Vishal Rajput
  • Mujahed Butt
  • Muhammad Shahzad
  • Alina Ali
  • Raza Shah

         Studio Support

  • Nadir Mustafa (Studio Incharge)
  • Muhammad Umer (Studio Assistant)

          Admin Support

  • Kamran Riaz
  • Muhammad Usman
  • Aslam Malik
  • Muhammad Nasir
  • Shakeel Ahmed

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     SARAAB

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THEME
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