MA Cinematography

MA Cinematography

Our MA program is officially recognised by the German authorities and qualifies for the German Study Visa.

Non-EU students studying on our BA and MA courses can extend their residence permit for up to 18 months to find work relating to their studies after graduating.

Our classes are delivered in English, in accordance with the school’s accreditation with the University of West London.



MA Cinematography

  • Cinematography is about understanding how to use camera and lighting techniques to tell a story, whether screened at the cinema, on TV, or through a smartphone.
  • Our Cinematography MA instils an understanding of the essential links between story and image and the relationship between cinematographers, directors and crews.


The MA Cinematography is a one-year postgraduate course, which builds essential and practical skills to prepare students for the role of Cinematographer/Director of Photography (DOP).

You will create an impressive portfolio which includes a short filmed project, 35mm still life/portrait exercise, collaborative Greenscreen exercise, several shooting exercises including location, studio interiors and night exterior, advanced filmed exercise working with a professional director and a final Masters Project for film, TV or online media.

During the Commercial Cinematography Collaboration module you will conceive, create and deliver what we refer to internally as an ‘Industry Project’. You will work within a creative team and respond to a professional brief from a commercial, public sector or charitable ‘client’, to produce a spec shot and showcase your creative talent to industry professionals.

Each student will undertake a total of seven modules during their MA course, and they will be assessed on their coursework, both practical and written:

  • Screen Induction Lab
  • Cinematography Boot Camp
  • The Mechanics of Creative Control
  • Commercial Cinematography
  • Crafting Narrative Through Cinematography
  • Research in Screen Practice
  • Master’s Project

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During the course, students will gain the knowledge and specialist skills required to be a cinematographer in today’s creative industries, engaging in a range of practical workshops and seminars to enhance your creative and technical skillset. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow MA students across the course to create screen content for external clients, which mirrors the interrelationship of filmmaking and screen content practices in the professional world.

  • Screen Induction Lab 

You will participate in seminars and workshops covering a range of topics, including: practical filmmaking skills, creative brainstorming, a survey of concepts underpinning moving image theory, and the state of the creative industries. At the end of the module, you will shoot a mini-filmed project on an iPhone/Android, focusing on the primacy of content in the Say Something! exercise.

  • Cinematography Boot Camp 

This module introduces the fundamentals of both film and digital cameras, including: lenses, exposure control, depth of field, composition and lighting as they relate to the cinematographer’s role to creatively influence narrative storytelling.

  • The Mechanics of Creative Control 

You will study composition together with the mechanics of practical lighting and camera movement. During the module, you will participate in two shooting exercises designed to explore how the use of lighting and camera style contributes to the narrative of the short film form.

  • Commercial Cinematography 

You will investigate short form commercial cinematography encompassing advertising and corporate and web based infomercials. You will explore greenscreen and postproduction techniques that relate to cinematography and apply these to real world commercial projects. During this module, you will collaborate with other MA students to create an Industry Project by responding to a brief from external clients.

  • Crafting Narrative Through Cinematography 

You will study advanced technical and creative camera and lighting skills that are necessary to influence narrative filmmaking. During the module, you will collaborate with MA Directing students, exploring more sophisticated camera movement and participate in an exercise that evaluates the working relationship between the cinematographer and the director.

  • Research in Screen Practice 

You will begin to prepare for your final Master’s Project by exploring the key relationship of research and relevant methodologies to your own creative practice. You will engage in interactive seminars and presentations covering a range of topics, including: semiotics, transnational cinema and representation, discourse and context, copyright and ethics, etc.

  • Master’s Project 

This is a largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a project advisor, towards the completion of a short filmed project for which you assume the role of cinematographer.

Dates & Prices

  • 26 September 2022 — 20 October 2023
  • Price


    Duration: One Year, Full-Time
    Please note all our courses are taught in English.

    Course fee includes:

    Tuition and 1:1 feedback sessions, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and postproduction facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.

    How to Apply:

    We accept applications and offer places on a rolling basis throughout the year. As our MA programmes are competitive we encourage you to apply as far ahead of your intended start date as possible.

    Contact our Admissions Manager Nina Hartwig on +49 (0) 30 767 333 170 or

    Entry Requirements:

    To apply for the MA course you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits. All applicants must submit relevant creative work that contributes towards a portfolio.

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Ralph Netzer – MA Cinematography course leader

Ralph is Director of Photography with over 20years experience working on more than 70 feature films, TV series, documentaries and various art installations worldwide. His feature film ‘Silent Waters’ won the Golden Leopard (Best Film) at 56th Locarno International Film Festival. Full Profile