FLAME has made a radical departure from traditional models of higher education by addressing two critical issues - lack of inter-disciplinary as well as the lack of opportunity to make an informed decision about one's specialization. Rather than limiting students to the three streams of Arts, Science and Commerce, FLAME allows students to take courses across cognate areas such as Physical and Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts. This exposes students to multiple disciplines, to give them the opportunity to truly explore their academic interests so that they can make an enlightened choice about their specialization. The core courses such as Critical Reasoning, Academic Writing, Digital Literacy, Mental Models and Financial Literacy equip students with the necessary skills to excel in their future.
FLAME's undergraduate academic programs are delivered on a Semester system, which allows for concentrated work to be achieved across a 18 week time frame (some semesters are further divided into two terms of 9 weeks each). This provides students with an opportunity to do a range of courses thereby enhancing their breadth of knowledge and at the same time students receive instruction in a wider range of topics in their specializations thereby enhancing their depth of knowledge. FLAME has also established the practice of including uniquely-crafted experiential learning programs alongside the academic curriculum, which is innovative and ground-breaking in the Indian context. Through this, all FLAME students have access to a set of structured opportunities for personal growth and professional development. Students have the opportunity to access these experiential learning programs alongside their academic programs. These experiential learning programs are: The Development Activities Program (DAP), the Discover India Program (DIP) and the Summer Internship Program (SIP). These opportunities are structured in ways that provide for hands-on experience, while incorporating a reflective component that enhances the student experience.
FLAME University's undergraduate program comprises of Foundation Courses, Specialization Courses, Experiential Learning Courses, Value-Added Courses and Open Elective Courses.
The Foundation Courses provide students the opportunity to explore diverse disciplines while honing their critical thinking and communication skills. The fundamental goal of the Foundation Courses is to cultivate within students a spirit of inquiry and an openness to multiple perspectives. The courses are designed to equip students with the skills of intensive reading and academic writing, and to familiarize them with theoretical concepts, frameworks and issues across different disciplines, with the aim of enabling students to learn independently, think creatively, communicate and collaborate effectively. These Foundation Courses allow students to explore various disciplines before zeroing in on their choice of specialization, which is a significant innovation in the Indian context where at the undergraduate-level, students are held to choices they have made during their Higher Secondary Certificate programs. For those students who have clarity about what their area of study might be, the Foundation Courses provide an opportunity to broaden their realms of knowledge.Read More
Major - Minor Courses help students get into the depth of their interest areas. Major-Minor Courses aid in creating this opportunity for students to choose two areas of specialization with varying degrees of depth. Students now have the opportunity to engage in academic programs across various areas, which would be impossible in the traditional higher education system.Read More
The Specialization Courses provide students the opportunity to delve deeper into an area of their choice. Students are expected to identify their areas of specialization at the end of the third term in their first year. These are divided into - the primary area of specialization, also known as the major, and the secondary area of specialization, called the minor. First, in creating this opportunity for students to choose two areas of specialization with varying degrees of depth (a major and a minor), FLAME gives students a chance to straddle their interests in distinct disciplines and to take on the task of identifying the areas of intersection between them. For instance, students can opt for a major in Finance while pursuing Psychology as a minor, or they may combine a major in Psychology with a minor in Music. Similarly, this also allows students to combine programs with a research and academic focus such as International Studies and Psychology, with programs that involve more hands-on professional training in Mass Media such as Marketing, Advertising, Film & TV etc. Students now have the opportunity to engage in academic programs across cognate areas, which would not have been possible in the traditional higher education system.
Second, in offering unique interdisciplinary majors such as International Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies and Environmental Studies, FLAME has not only introduced novel programs to India, but it has created opportunities for students to balance their divergent interests by exploring the Social Sciences along with coursework in the Humanities or even the Physical and Natural Sciences.
Third, apart from being uniquely interdisciplinary, the degree programs at FLAME University are also research-oriented in their focus. The emphasis is to enable students to develop a critical grasp over the disciplines and be in a position to generate original insights. In keeping with this research orientation, we educate all our students in research methodology and give them the opportunity to conduct an independent research project. The independent research project presents students with an opportunity to either focus on that specific discipline or to identify areas of intersection between their major and minor and raise related questions.
FLAME University offers the following areas of specializations:
Design, Dance, Music and Theatre are offered as minors only. General Management and Communication Studies are not offered as minors.Read More
The Experiential Learning Courses enable students to get an exposure to issues and challenges of the real world. FLAME University's residential learning environment provides for unique opportunities for personal growth and professional development. FLAME has developed a set of experiential learning opportunities which expose students to ground realities and enable them to make connections between academic work and the real world. These opportunities are credit-bearing, which are an integral part of the FLAME experience.Read More
The Open Elective Courses allow students to continue to sample disciplines outside their specialization.Read More
Valued-Added courses are part of the curriculum designed to provide necessary skills to increase the employability quotient and equipping the students with essential skills to succeed in life. The following are the mandated:
Additionally, we offer students the option to enroll for The FLAME Scholars Program which will build on the strengths of the undergraduate program and shall be a seamless extension of the same. The FLAME Scholars Program is a one-year post-graduate diploma program that empowers the student with knowledge and skills that will help them perform efficiently in their chosen career. Research and scholarship in inter-disciplinary areas are an integral part of the program. The courses that constitute this program are highly specialized and will go beyond the three-year undergraduate curriculum with innovations in content, delivery, and structure.Read More