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- 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.
*subject to approval
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.
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
Learn more about the craft of cinematography on the video below:
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 (20 Credits, 3 Weeks)
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 (20 Credits, 5 Weeks)
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 (20 Credits, 7 Weeks)
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 (20 Credits, 8 Weeks)
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 (20 Credits, 6 Weeks)
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 (20 Credits, 12 Weeks)
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 (60 Credits, 12 Weeks)
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
- 07 October 2019 — 05 November 2020
Standard Entry Requirements
All applicants must be 18 years or older at the time the programme begins.
A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent MetFilm School Berlin will calculate the equivalent for international qualifications upon application.
If English is not your first language, or if your previous education was not conducted fully in English, you will need to provide documented evidence of your English language competence to study a course with us. For our Master’s courses, international students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS Academic at 6.5 or above (including at least 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in each other section), TOEFL internet based test score at 90 or above.
- A compulsory academic essay (750-1000 words)*
- A professional industry reference.
- A professional CV
* For us the academic essay serves as proof that you are capable of performing academically at MA level, which includes demonstrating the ability to organise an argument, develop a theme and properly reference your research. No degree & no relevant work experience. Candidates with no degree and no filmmaking experience do not currently meet entry criteria.