Top 11 Acting Schools in India

Top-11 Acting Schools in India


Top acting schools in India- our country has had a rich heritage in different forms of theatre and drama dating back to 5000 years till date, theatre and drama has been omnipresent with different cultures that have existed in India since the time Indian subcontinent became an epicentre of cultural and trade exchange.

The last seven decades has seen India theatre and drama culture expand, with Bollywood, came the age of commercialization in Indian cinema and theatre. Millions of Indians aspire to follow in the footsteps of Bollywood icnos such as Amitabh Bachchan, Naseerudin Shah, Shahrukh Khan, Dilip Kumar, and many more, these celebrities have enthralled millions of Indians with their acting skills and charm on the screen.

Acting schools in India have nurtured various on-screen stars, and continue to do so even today, while acting comes naturally to some others have to put in their hardwork and learn the trade and tricks of the acting and theatre industry.

List of Top 11 Acting Schools in India

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National School of Drama, Delhi

National School of Drama in Delhi is one of the oldest and renowned theatre schools in India, the school was formerly a part of Sangeet Natak Academy from 1959 till 1975, before becoming an autonomous entity. The National School of Drama has many renowned actors such as Shahrukh Khan, Naseerudin Shah, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, and many famous actors that have graduated from the prestigious NSD.

Courses Offered

  • Direction
  • Production
  • Acting
  • Voice and Speech
  • Yoga
  • Movement
  • Theatre Music
  • Acting and Improvision
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Modern Indian Drama
  • Classical Indian Drama
  • World Drama
  • Theatre Architecture
  • Culture Studies
  • Design and Theatre Technique
  • Theatre Architecture
  • Lighting Design
  • Make-up
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design

Contact Details

Address: National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi – 110001
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 011-23389402

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Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata

Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute is an autonomous institution established in 1995, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been funding the institution, moreover, the institution is a member of International Liaison Centre of Schools of Cinema and Television (CILECT). The Acting school is named after one of India’s best directors, Satyajit Ray. The institution has state-of-the-art facilities for aspiring theatre artists, nurturing them into actors and stage artists for the future.

Courses Offered

  • Direction and Screenplay Writing
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Sound Recording and Design
  • Film and Television Production
  • Animation Cinema
  • Electronic and Digital Media
  • Electronic and Digital Media Management
  • Writing for Electronic and Digital Media
  • Producing for Electronic and Digital Media
  • Cinematography for Electronic and Digital Media
  • Editing for Electronic and Digital Media
  • Sound for Electronic and Digital Media

Contact Details

Address: Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, E.M.Byepass Road, P.O. Panchasayar, Kolkata-700094
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 033-2432 8355/8356/9300
Fax: 033-2432-0723/9436

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Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

Film Institute of India was established in 1960 on the very same premises of Prabhat Studio in Pune, the television wing of institute was early located in Mandi House, Delhi but shifted to the Pune campus in 1971 and got renamed to Film and Television Institute of India. The institute is one of the prominent acting and theatre school in the country due to its quality education and faculty, many famous artists have graduated from the institution.

Courses Offered

  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Direction and Screenplay Writing
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Cinematography
  • One Year Post Graduate Certificate Course in Sound Recording and TV Engineering
  • Two Year Post Graduate Diploma in Acting
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Editing
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Art Direction and Production Design
  • One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Feature Film Screenplay Writing
  • One Year Post Graduate Certificate Course in TV Direction
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Sound Recording and Sound Design
  • One Year Post Graduate Certificate Course in Video Editing
  • One Year Post Graduate Certificate Course in Sound Recording and TV Engineering

Contact Details

Address: Film and Television Institute of India, Law College Road, Pune – 411004, Maharashtra
Phone: 020-25580000
Office: [email protected], [email protected]
Short Courses: [email protected]

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Barry John Acting Studio, Mumbai

Barry John Acting Studio in Mumbai, was established in 1999 in Noida, later shifted to Saket but due to growing demand from students and other co-units the institute was shifted to its present location in Mumbai. Barry John the Founder-Director of Theatre Action Group, has been a pioneer in the theatre industry with a career spanning over 4 decades. BJAS works under the aegis of Theatre in Education Trust, a non-profit organisation, who aim to spread the knowledge of theatrical and media arts through the means of education. There have been notable alumni of the institute who have gone on to achieve stardom, with actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Freida Pinto, Richa Chadha, Arjun Kapoor, and several other actors have featured in TV shows, movies, and in theatre.

Courses Offered

  • Diploma in Film Acting
  • Filmmaking Courses
  • Certificate in Acting

Contact Details

Delhi Address: BJAS Delhi Studio, 32 Ring Road, First Floor, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi-110024
Phone: +91 9716114466, 011-40578451
E-Mail: [email protected]
Mumbai Address: BJAS Mumbai Studio, 301 Nanak Chambers, Opp. Cinepolis New Link Road, Andheri West
Phone: +91 9967977966, 022-26742192
Email: [email protected]

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Whistling Woods International, Mumbai

Whistling Woods International(WWI) is a well acknowledged acting and media institute, established by famous filmmaker Subhash Ghai in they year 2006. According Hollywood Reporter, WWI is one of the top 10 film schools in the world, as the institute offers multidimensional courses in film, media&entertainment, fashion, communication, and animation with advanced present-day technology. Along with Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Wwi is also a member of the CILECT.

Courses Offered

  • Filmmaking
  • B.Sc/B.A. In Filmaking with Specialisation
  • Diploma in Screenwriting
  • B.A. in Screenwriting
  • Advanced Diploma in Filmmaking (with specialisations)
  • Acting
  • B.A. in Acting
  • Advanced Diploma in Acting
  • Media & Communication
  • B.B.A. in Media & Communication
  • PG Diploma in Media & Entertainment
  • Design
  • B.A. in Fashion Design
  • Animation
  • B.Sc./B.A. in Game Design
  • B.Sc/B.A. in Animation Filmmaking
  • Music
  • B.A. in Music Production & Composition

Contact Details

Address: Whistling Woods International, Film City Complex, Goregaon (East), Mumbai-400065, Maharashtra
Phone: 022-30916070 / 30916071
E-Mail: [email protected]


Delhi Film Institute, Delhi

Established in 2006 with state-of-the-art facilities available to the students, the film institute has gain significant reputation amongst its competitors with latest resources and technology able to meet the new expectations of the ever changing film and media industry.


  •  B.A. in Mass communication, Advertisement and Journalism
  •  M.A. in Mass communication, Advertisement and Journalism
  •  P.G. Diploma in Mass communication, Advertisement and Journalism

Contact Details

Address: Delhi Film Insititute, E-73, South Extension, Part-I, New Delhi, South Ex 1, Delhi, Delhi-110049
Phone: 011-41648672
E-Mail: [email protected]

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RK Films & Media Academy, Delhi

RK Films & Media Academy, named after the legendary Indian actor Raj Kapoor, the man who changed the outlook of Indian cinema. Many of his contemporaries regarded Raj Kapoor as a pioneer and revolutionary in terms of of his ideas and philosophy related to movies due to his unconventional approach. The film and media institute is located in the capital of India. The insitute has well-structured infrastructure with modern classrooms and facilities, that provide enormous opportunities to the students to explore and learn the art of films and media.

Courses Offered

  • Short Term Courses(Less than 1 Year)
  • Diploma Film Acting(6 Months)
  • Certificate for Acting & Fashion Modeling for Ramp & Print (3 Months)
  • Diploma of Mass Communication-Print Media Journalism(1 Year)
  • Films & TV Video Editing(6 Months)
  • Non-Linear Editing Course(3 Months)
  • Apple FCP Video Editing
  • Sound Editing Using Sound Forge
  • 1 Year Courses (Diploma)
  • Print & Broadcast Journalism
  • Diploma in Film Arts & Animation
  • Films & Media Communications
  • PG Diploma in Mass Communication
  • Diploma in Film Arts & Editing
  • Filmmaking & Video Production
  • 2 Year Courses
  • 3 Year Courses
  • Short – Courses at Delhi University’s Centers & Colleges
  • RKFMA Mass Communication & Journalism Courses
  • Mass Communication & Media Journalism Professional Courses

Contact Details

Address: RKFMA, 8A/8, W.E.A., Karol Bagh,New Delhi – 110 005
Phone: +91-9312237583, +91-9312231374, +91-9310047775, +91-9958880223, 011-45064241
E-Mail: [email protected]


Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment, Mumbai

Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment(RSACE), was established in Mumbai by venerable veteran director and producer Ramesh Sippy. The institute inculcates practical as well as theoretical knowledge amongst students with the help of mentors and professionals from the industry. RSACE is working in collaboration with Garware Institute of Career Education and Development, Mumabi University and after completing the course students are granted degree from the Mumbai University.

Courses Offered

  • Bachelor in Film Production & Management
  • Bachelor in Film Art
  • Bachelor in Screen Writing
  • Bachelor in Animation
  • Bachelor in Visual Effects

Contact Details
Address: Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema & Entertainment, Garware Institute of Career Education & Development, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098
Phone: 022-26530269, +91-9920223144, +91-9322141141
E-Mail: [email protected]


Asian Academy of Film and Theatre, Noida

India’s first ever private sector media school, Asian Academy of Film and Theatre(AAFT) was established in 1993, Asian Society of Film & Television is one of the main sponsors responsible for the inception of the AAFT. AAFT branches have spread across major cities like Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Noida. Major media houses come to the campus for year on year basis for placement.

Courses Offered

  • B.Sc. in Cinema + Graduate Level Diploma in Cinema
  • B.Sc. in Mass Communication + Graduate Level Diploma in Mass Communication
  • B.Sc. in Electronic Media + Graduate Level Diploma in Electronic Media
  • BBA + Media and Entertainment
  • B.A. (Hons) Film and TV Screenwriting
  • B.Sc. in Multimedia Production + Graduate Diploma in Multimedia
  • B.A. (Hons) Film Production
  • B.Sc. International Journalism
  • PGD in Media and Entertainment
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Print and Photo Journalism
  • Post Graduate Diploma in TV Journalism and Communication
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Film & TV Production
  • MSc in Cinema + Post Production
  • MSc in Cinema + Post Graduate Diploma in Cinema
  • MSc in Cinema + Sound Recording
  • MSc in Cinema + Direction
  • MSc in Cinema + Post Graduate Diploma in Electronic Media
  • MSc in Mass Communication + Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication
  • MSc in Multimedia + Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia
  • MA Film Production
  • Diploma in Acting for Film and Television
  • Acting and Presentation
  • Diploma in Visual Communication
  • Screenplay Writing
  • Mass Media Research and Planning

Contact Details

Address: Marwah Studios Complex, FC-14/15, Sector-16A, Noida Film City, Uttar Pradesh
Phone: 0120-4831100


Zee Institute of Media Arts, Mumbai

Zee Institute of Media Arts(ZIMA) is gateway of opportunity for young and aspiring students, who want to learn the knits and grits of the media and film making industry. ZIMA is an important organ of Zee Network and is running under the Zee Learn Limited an education division of the Zee Network. ZIMA has been on the rise ever since its inception, as the institution has been able to attract major companies of the media industry, due to it’s heritage and strong foundation under the aegis of Zee Network.

Courses Offered

  • TV Journalism
  • Direction
  • Film Making
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Audio Engineering
  • Sound Engineering
  • Electronic Music Programming
  • Film Sound Designing
  • Acting
  • Voice & TV Presentation
  • Film & TV Production
  • Screen Writing
  • Autodesk Flame Premium

Contact Details

Address: ZIMA, Grandeur, 503 & 504, 5th Floor, Opp. Gundecha Symphony, Veera Desai Road Extn, Andheri West, Mumbai– 400053
Phone: 022-26302937/38, +91-9167165716, +91-9833574578
E-Mail: [email protected]

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Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares, Mumbai

Established in 2005 by the present Chairperson of FTII, Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares is first of it’s kind acting school. Anupam Kher, the founder of the acting school is still active as an actor and director, making it the only such institution where the founder is still active in his/her profession while running the institution.At present, the institution has two branches across Mumbai in Juhu and Andheri.

Courses Offered

  • Diploma Programme in Acting
  • Part-Time Certificate Course on Acting & Dancing
  • Weekend Workshop on Acting and Dancing
  • Four-Months Weekend Programme in Acting and Dancing
  • Customised Workshops
  • Diploma in Script Writing
  • Short Courses on Story Writing for Cinema

Contact Details

Address: Andheri: Actor Prepares, A Mukti Trust Initiative, Mukti Building, 5th Floor, 141 Model Town, Behind Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, Four Bungalows, Andheri West, Mumbai–400053
Juhu: Actor Prepares, 1st Floor, Film Industry Welfare Trust House, Near S.N.D.T College, Next to Ajivasan Hall, Juhu Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai–400049
Phone: +91 9167233342 , +918080801761
E-Mail: [email protected]