Education - Whistling Woods International

Whistling Woods International is India's premier institute for Film, Communication & Creative Arts. Founded by one of India's leading filmmaker - Subhash Ghai & promoted by Mukta Arts Ltd, Whistling Woods International (WWI) has been successfully providing world-class education in all the creative & technical aspects of Film, Media & Creative Arts to students since 2006.

The Hollywood Reporter has rated Whistling Woods International amongst the Ten Best Film Schools in the world on multiple occasions.

The primary campus of WWI is the Mumbai campus, which is located inside Mumbai's 'Filmcity', offers programs that vary in duration from 1 year to 3 years catering to all the major specializations of the Film, Media & Entertainment and Creative Arts industry. WWI offers undergraduate, postgraduate & Diploma programs in Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Sound, Visual Effects, Production Design, Music Production, Media Management Studies, Fashion and Visual Communication Design.

The curriculum at WWI is a unique hybrid of theoretical and practical and ensuring that the creative dovetails well with the business aspects. The teaching methodology at WWI is designed to ensure that the students' learning is collaborative and industry oriented. In addition to education, Whistling Woods also has interests in research, development and emerging technologies & workflows in the Media & Entertainment industry.

The full-time faculty of WWI is a body of academics and renowned industry professionals like Subhash Ghai, Ravi Gupta, Rahul Puri, Anjum Rajabali, Ashwini Kaul, Binitesh Baruri, Prashant Naik, Rabiya Nazki, Sudipta Basu, Rakesh Ranjan, Laili Dutta, Yusuf Mehta, Dr. Sangeeta Shankar, Nisha Chanda, Milindo Taid, Somnath Sen, Salim Arif, and many more. Further, WWI has regular guest lectures by leading Indian & International filmmakers, actors, technicians, fashion designers and design professionals like Ashutosh Gowariker (Director of Oscar-nominated 'Lagaan'), Shekhar Kapur, Danny Boyle (Academy Award winner for Slumdog Millionaire), Karan Johar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shabana Azmi, Nana Patekar, Gulzar, Imtiaz Ali, Kamal Hassan, Hrithik Roshan, Farah Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shelley Page (former Head of International Outreach for Dreamworks Animation), Neeta Lulla, Anita Dongre, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Gaviin Miguel, Krishna Mehta and several more. Students at Whistling Woods, hence, have a unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with some of the most successful & talented professionals in the Indian & international Film, Media & Entertainment industry.

WWI has partnered with one of India's most reputed universities - The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to ratify its 3-yr under-graduate degree & 2-yr post-graduate diploma courses. All WWI students receive Degrees / Diplomas from TISS.

These unique elements in the curriculum & the teaching methodology have seen WWI's student body grow over ten times over the past decade. Further, over 15% of the student body comprises of International students, from the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, Holland, Bermuda, Nigeria and from several other countries who choose WWI over the multiple film-studies options available in their own countries.

The Institute is also highly committed to ensuring that its students move into the industry in creative and rewarding areas of employment. WWI alumni are currently working at several leading media organisations both in India & overseas - like Dharma Productions, Yashraj Films, Aamir Khan Productions, The Walt Disney Company India, Excel Entertainment, FoxStar Studios India, Mukta Arts Ltd, Phantom Pictures, Prime Focus, Technicolor, Yashraj Films, Zee TV, Double Negative, Weta Digital, Sony Imageworks, NDTV, Pocket Aces, Red Chillies Entertainment, Seventy Seven Events, Star TV, Times Now, TVF, Culture Machine, YouTube India, and several more. Since its first batch graduated in 2008, WWI has graduated over 1900 students and over 90% of them are very gainfully employed in the Indian & global Media & Entertainment industry.

Over the past decade, WWI has entered into technology partnerships with the leading tech-brands in the Media & Entertainment space, like Apple, AJA, ARRI, Autodesk, Auro 11.1, Avid, Barco, Canon, Carl Zeiss, Dolby, Entertainment Partners, Final Draft, Foxconn, Fraunhofer, FujiFilm, Google (YouTube), GoPro Cameras, HP, Kodak, NVIDIA, Red Cameras, Sennheiser, Sony, ToonBoom & more.

In a first-of-its kind academia-industry partnership, Whistling Woods International, has partnered with Reliance Jio to set up a Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Development Lab to create India's first generation of Cinematic VR filmmakers. Some of the most respected & most successful names of the global VR ecosystem are on the advisory board of the Lab.

WWI has also partnered with Google under which it hosts India's first (and Asia's 2nd) YouTube Space. WWI also runs the YouTube Educator Lab and WWI faculty have been certified by YouTube as trainers.

Red Digital Cameras and Whistling Woods have partnered to have a RedEducation setup at the WWI Mumbai campus to ensure that the latest in Digital Cinematography equipment & training is given to Whistling Woods students.

In 2010, Sony, having recognised WWI as a leader in the Media & Entertainment sector in Asia, set up the Sony Media Technology Center (SMTC) at WWI. The SMTC focuses on new and emerging technology in the fields of Digital Cinematography & HDR UHD Broadcast.

In 2010, WWI was accepted as a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television) - a global association of film schools, which lays very high standards on admitting members (out of the thousands of film schools in the world, there are only 150 members of CILECT).

WWI has student & faculty exchanges planned with the best film schools in the world, including activities like International student co-productions. Some of the schools that WWI has undertaken these activities with are Dodge College - Chapman University & Syracuse University in the USA, University of Calgary in Canada, Deakin University & Griffith University in Australia, Bradford College UK, Leeds University UK & NYU Tisch Asia.

WWI is a key contributor & advisor in several of the government-launched vocational education programs - the NSDC - MESC (under the Skills Ministry), the TISS-SVE (under the MHRD). In 2010, WWI was invited to partner with India's primary High School Board - the CBSE board by the Ministry of Human Resource Development - Government of India to design a Media Studies curriculum. WWI has prepared the curriculum, teaching methodology & it has undertaken teacher- training for the 'Media Studies' elective in the 11th & 12th grade.

WWI takes its Corporate Social Responsibility seriously. Whistling Woods has provided scholarships & free education to less-privileged students of over 1 million US$ over the past 10 years. On several occasions, WWI has offered full-time career education for several to children from NGOs at no charge.

With the Mumbai campus well established, WWI is strongly looking at expansion both in terms of program verticals and campuses. WWI is at various stages of establishment of additional campuses both within India and outside, in partnership with governments & like-minded organisations.

The above is just a snapshot of what Whistling Woods International has achieved in the span of a decade and the institution strongly marches on its way to fulfilling its goal - to be the thought leader for Film & Media education globally.

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