Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

India Film

International Experience Program - India

Faculty of Arts and Education

School of Communications & Creative Industries

Topic Area: Bollywood, Film Production

Proposed 2016 program - A one of a kind program that is based in the heart of India's film industry popularly known as "Bollywood". 

Beyond Borders Bollywood Film program is a one of a kind program that is based out of India's film industry popularly known as "Bollywood". It is an in- depth, comprehensive experiential learning program that puts you at the core of Mumbai's multi-million dollar film industry, it gives you hands-on, on-site experience in diverse and dynamic area of film- making. The program is a great way to see the industry first hand through its professionals and work environments. The program emphasis the inner working and logistics of the film industry in Mumbai and incorporates meeting with film professionals, visits to film shoots, post production studios and hands on student project.

The program emphasis the inner working and logistics of the film industry in Mumbai and incorporates meeting with film professionals, visits to film shoots, post production studios and hands on student project. It will draw on the vast resources of the Mumbai film industry to create an extra ordinary training ground. 

You'll observe the craft, nuances and intricacies of the industry in a spirited environment that combines professional training with real-life work experience. Although you will not be working on any live film sets you will spend time observing the 'real thing' in action. Your hands-on work is limited to your own project.

Watch the short film Mystical Mumbai; created, filmed and produced by CSU students on program in Mumbai 


This program is partially funded by Australian Federal Government Asia Bound funding. CSU recognises the support of the Government in providing targeted funds which have subsidised the cost of this program to students. 

Program Dates: Approximately 18 June - 10 July 2016 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Number of places: 10 students
This program will require minimum numbers to proceed.

Eligibility: CSU students enrolled through the School of Communications and Creative Industries in 2016.

Credit: Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible to receive credit for a non-specific elective subject (eight credit points).  Students must liaise directly with their Course Director for credit approval and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Program Cost: Approximately $2800* (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

*This cost is based on the provision of Australian Government Asia Bound funding. To receive this funding students must be enrolled in a CSU coursework degree, be eligible to receive academic credit for their participation in the program and be an Australian citizen. 

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses. Further information regarding OS-HELP can be found here.

Please note OS-HELP funding cannot be used to pay program deposit fees.

Costs should include: Program fee, international airfares, airport pick-up in-country, guesthouse accommodation (twin-share) and most meals (vegetarian).

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, visas, passports, immunisations, local transport, incidentals, additional meals and sightseeing costs.

Please note: This is a group ticketed tour.  Your program will depart from a predetermined Australian international airport and return to the same destination on dates confirmed by CSU Global.

Application Timeline:

  • Application closing date: 7 March 2016
  • Successful students notified (via email): within two weeks of application deadline
  • $1000 non-refundable deposit due: within two weeks of successful application notification
    (You MUST applied for or have obtained your passport by this date. Please note it may take 3-4 weeks to obtain a passport)
  • Final and full payment due: 11 April 2016
  • Pre-departure session (online): To be announced

Application enquiries should be directed to:

Alice Wood
CSU Global 
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Building 1395
Ph: + 61 2 6338 4068

Program enquiries should be directed to: 

Harry Dillon 
School of Communication and Creative Industries
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Phone: + 61 2  6338 4013

Have a question? Want to see work produced by previous program participants? Why not join our CSU Social group to post your question and find out what others are saying about the program. CSU Social, Bollywood India Group

Indicative program outline:

Lectures and meetings: Students have one-on-one meeting with directors, cameraman, scriptwriters, producers and actors. They get to interact with industry professionals in their own environment. This gives student an understanding of the processes and people involved in making of a film, including production, direction, post production, finance and distribution.
Film Shoots: Students spend a few days on a film set to get a behind-the-scenes view into the world of set designers, prop houses, casting directors, production executives, action directors, stunt masters, make-up artistes, fashion designers, lighting men, spot boys, music directors and other cast and crew. Shoots include those of films, television and reality shows and sometimes ad films.
Post Production: Students also visit post production studios to see editing, colour correction, visual effects, audio post, and background music and song recordings.
Practicals / Workshops: Students experience different aspects of film-making such as direction, cinematography, acting, VFX and sound mixing practically at a Film School.
Student Project: All students have to work on and submit a project. This project is designed in consultation with the Academic Director keeping in mind the student's individual interest and skills. The project usually takes a week to ten days to complete and ensures that the student is not merely a passive observer but an active participant. This project will deepen the students learning and help them reflect on their three-week experience.