Cinematography Career Opportunities Courses Institutes Exams Eligibility

If you are taking experience of Cinematography from any experienced Cinematographer then it’s great. Definitely you will get benefit from that. You must get detailed knowledge from film school. In the film school you will get deep knowledge of every aspect of Cinematography and learn perfect technical skills. It’s always better to have some basic knowledge before entering into field work. So before starting your career as Cinematographer you should gain all technical information. There are great opportunities in Cinematography.
In Cinematography there are different subjects for PG, you can choose any one from them.
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Film and Television is the course of 3 years duration after graduation. On Television side, Videography is one year full time course with the option of one month duration course. In private institutes, there are lots of 6 months, 1 year, 2 years courses available in different streams.

For FTII admission, you need to pass their qualifying exam.


For any course in FTII you must have completed your graduation.

How to prepare for examination?

FTII entrance examination is divided into two parts.

Written examination: it consists of both objective and multiple choice questions.

Interview: After passing the written examination candidates are called for personal Interview.

After cracking both the exams candidates are selected on merit rank depending on number of seats.

For preparation of entrance, you must have knowledge of film industry from earlier days till present, various movies, iconic fleet etc. You must have awareness about arts. You can read literature based books and novels, they will help you to increase your knowledge.

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Honorarium (Earning/Income)

Starting career as Cinematographer at, first check your experience and your name in the industry. Then after that your paying scale will be decided. You will get money on the basics of per hour, per day or specific amount depending on the director.

TV: INR Rs.50,000 to Rs.2,00,000
Film: You earn more money for shifts. For each shift you can get Rs.3,000 to Rs.5,000. If you are thinking of monthly salary then it is more than Rs.2,00,000.

  • Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  • Film and Television Institute of India, Chennai
  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata
Above three are the three most famous and reputed Institutes of Cinematography in India. Popular director SubhashGhai’s “Whistling Woods” is famous private institute. All these institutes are taking entrance exams. To take admission, you must have minimum graduation level qualification. Online application forms will be available on internet on their respective website. You can check official website s given below for latest updates and exam schedule for Cinematography.

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