Cinematography is at the heart of film and television production, orchestrating camera, lens, light and motion to create the visual aesthetic of the film. This course provides high-level industry staff-expertise and image capture technologies, which will enable you to flourish in the continually evolving arena of imaging for film and television.
The course will help you develop key intellectual and practical skills that meet, or challenge and exceed, current industry practice and expectations. It seeks to develop in parallel; your artistic eye, your technical skills, your team-working skills as part of camera crews, and your collaborative skills working with directors.
The course is suited to those who have some previous experience in filmmaking or photography, have a good aesthetic sense and critical eye and wish to develop these further. We would also welcome those who come with professional experience and wish to further develop their creative skills and showreel, while undertaking an immersive learning experience in the theory and practice of cinematography.
You may have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject or may be able to show your suitability for this programme of study through associated work-experience or evidence of and outputs from other related activities.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent, in a required subject of Practical Art & Design (such as Photography or Media), Digital or Analogue Film Production.
Applicants without a first degree but with significant industry experience may be considered in exceptional circumstances
Applicants are encouraged to provide details of relevant work experience
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Camera - Image, Style & Motion: Develop skills for employment in the field of digital camera operation and lighting. You´ll become familiar with a range of camera, grip and lighting equipment and use these for completing projects through independent working and collaboration.
Narrative Constructions: Establishing a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course, in combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a critical foundation for the effective completion of production work. You´ll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
Exploring Creative Camera & Lighting Techniques: Knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the field of digital camera operation and lighting. You will learn how to use a range of camera, grip and lighting equipment for documentary production, and spend most of your time in a production environment. All projects are filmed in collaboration with MA Directing Digital Film and Television students.
Professional Practice: An introduction to key concepts, skills and knowledge you´ll need for employment in the media industries.
Masters Production Project: This is where you can create a calling card for the industry. Working with your cinematography tutor, you´ll take advantage of the Faculty of Media & Communication collaborative environment to work with writers, producers and directors to create shorts, dramas and documentaries, or even a low-budget feature film for you to light and shoot using professional equipment.
Masters Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individual or collaboratively-written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artefacts.
This degree aims to develop creative skills, techniques and collaborative approaches which will prepare you for employment in today’s evolving media industry. Through collaborative and individual production you will build up a strong and distinctive showreel, which will prepare you for entry into the industry. Future career roles could be as diverse as natural history cinematographers, television camera operators, or feature film directors of photography.
The course has been awarded accreditation by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) in recognition of its professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training.
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