One-Year Cinematography (Cert HE)

Sarah Armstrong

  • “My Time at met film school gave me an insight into areas that i would otherwise not have been exposed to.”
    One-Year (Cert HE) Practical Filmmaking Graduate, 2007 Camera Assistant on An Education, Prometheus and Skyfall.

One-Year Cinematography (Cert HE) is a 45-week highly immersive practical programme in the art of Cinematography, led by industry professionals.

Students of the One-Year Cinematography (Cert HE) programme will receive a complete overview of the processes of filmmaking, from pre-production to post-production. Across the programme students will become confident in lighting, camera operation and sound recording as a result of immersive practical and theoretical training in Cinematography. Students will have the benefit of working with One-Year Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE) students to make a number of short films and filmed exercises, and will also gain wide-ranging experience in commercial and documentary filming.

As the Film and TV industry changes and develops, this programme aims to develop the student’s transferable skills required to perform creative roles on-set to an industry standard. Students will benefit from extensive training in the fundamentals of digital cinematography that will serve as the foundation for their future training and career in film, TV and new media.

Alumni of this programme have gone on to work in roles including Camera Trainee, Camera Assistant, Director of Photography and Camera Operator within feature film and television.

Students have the option at the end of the programme of choosing to continue their study for an additional year to gain a BA (Hons) Film and Digital Cinematography degree.

 

The School publishes the full programme specifications for its accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on its websites in accordance with the University of West London guidelines.

Modules

Modules
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Foundations in Filmmaking

This module provides students with a grounding in all aspects of practical filmmaking from original concept to delivery - covering the creative, technical and logistical aspects of filmmaking. We focus on giving students a working knowledge of film grammar as well as an understanding of industry conventions and the importance of professional on set behaviour. We place great emphasis on narrative storytelling and script development, techniques in pre-production planning; how to direct actors; screen history and meaning; how to use a digital camera; lighting; sound; editing and post-production. The module culminates in each student directing their own 3 minute short film exercise. In this exercise students demonstrate their writing, directing and editing skills. This module also provides students with the tools for self-development and self-reflection.

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Making Short Films

This module brings together the craft and creative skills taught in the previous module by requiring students to engage with the process of professional film production through the making of a short film on location with professional actors. Through workshops, seminars and tutorials this module provides students with the opportunity to focus on the key areas of film production with the aim of presenting a production portfolio for a short film.

In order to develop their creative sensibilities and professional understanding of writing, directing and cinematography, students will be asked to shoot, direct and edit a short film. They will also be asked to crew in a variety of production roles to demonstrate that they can combine creativity and applied craft skills while working as a committed member of a production team. During the first few weeks of the module, cinematography students will be engaged in the production of their own 60 second commercial whilst the filmmaking students are writing their script for their short narrative film. Cinematography students are assessed through this piece of work by their ability to lead a crew, the quality of the concept for their commercial, their approach to lighting and the ability to control the shooting process and realize their vision.

Cinematography students will work as either Director of Photography or Camera Operator on the filmmaking students’ short films.

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Professional Practice

Cinematography students will make their own documentary film exploring interview and observational techniques under the guidance of an experienced documentary filmmaker. Students will develop a critical awareness of documentary texts and the documentary tradition, which will inform their work as documentary filmmakers. Students will also pitch a proposal for their documentary film to an industry panel before embarking on shooting their documentary film.

The module culminates in cinematography students shooting a short fiction film written and directed by a one-year practical filmmaking student which is showcased at a celebratory screening at the end of the one-year.

Cinematography students act as Director of Photography on at least one of these short films and end the one year programme with a professional showreel which demonstrates their skills in camera, lighting and sound.

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Met Alumni
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Met Alumni

Our One-Year Cinematography (Cert HE) students have gone on to work in roles including Director of Photography, camera assistant and camera operator within feature film and television.

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Start Dates & Prices

  • 5 October 2015
  • 8 February 2016
  • 3 October 2016
  • Places Available

    15

    Price

    £22,000

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements: Students will need 50 tariff points to apply for our One-Year Cinematography course. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Duration: One Year Full-Time

    Application Process: See the application process for our One-Year Courses. Call us now for more information on requirements and how to start the application process.

    International (Non-EU) Students: Please see the Application Deadline for this course.

    Apply Now
  • Places Available

    15

    Price

    £22,000

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements: Students will need 50 tariff points to apply for our One-Year Cinematography course. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Duration: One Year Full-Time

    Application Process: See the application process for our One-Year Courses. Call us now for more information on requirements and how to start the application process.

    International (Non-EU) Students: Please see the Application Deadline for this course.

    Apply Now
  • Places Available

    15

    Price

    £22,000

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements: Students will need 50 tariff points to apply for our One-Year Cinematography course. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Duration: One Year Full-Time

    Application Process: See the application process for our One-Year Courses. Call us now for more information on requirements and how to start the application process.

    International (Non-EU) Students: Please see the Application Deadline for this course.

    Apply Now