MA Cinematography

MA Cinematography

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience.

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KEY FACTS

MA Cinematography

  • One-year full-time postgraduate programme
  • For students who want to explore what it takes to be a professional cinematographer in today’s creative industries
  • Studying at the world-renowned Ealing Studios provides a dynamic environment for students with its historic role within the UKs film and television industries as well as its leading role in new media technologies housed in its Imaginarium Studios
  • 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.

WHY TAKE THE COURSE?

The MA Cinematography course builds essential and practical skills to prepare you for a role as Cinematographer/Director of Photography (DOP).

Cinematography is about understanding how to use camera and lighting techniques to tell a story, whether it is screened at the cinema, on TV, or through an iPhone. As technology continues to evolve at an ever increasing rate, the aim of this programme is about more than how to operate a particular piece of equipment – it’s about a deeper understanding of storytelling and the moving image to communicate something meaningful and entertaining to an audience.

  • Practical. Through hands-on practical exercises, workshops, seminars, masterclasses and screenings you will gain the practical skills and knowledge required to work with cameras and lighting to industry standards and practices enabling you to demonstrate a range of industry relevant skills upon graduation.
  • Creative & technical skills. Opportunities to gain wide range of skills across projects such as a short filmed project that you write and direct, Art Gallery field visits including the National Gallery, 35mm workshop and shooting exercise, location and night shooting with large sensor camera, greenscreen and VFX exercises, working collaboratively and learning the functions of each camera departmental role.
  • Postproduction skills. Gain skills vital for look design and rushes management through creative and technical training in grading and processing software to enhance the visual aesthetics of your productions. Prepare for the world of VFX shooting with theory and practice in a range of techniques and experiences such as green screen shooting and VFX integration
  • Real-life experience. You will get the chance to work as a director of photography alongside other MA students on short video content for external clients during the industry project, giving you the opportunity to further showcase your talents and build a competitive showreel.
  • Industry facing. Learn from award-winning tutors with extensive professional experience as cinematographers, camera operators, focus pullers and gaffers in film, TV, documentary/factual programming and commercials. We’ve been recently visited by a legendary cinematographer Chung Chung-Hoon (Old Boy, Stoker, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

  • 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. The module covers the fundamentals of camera movement, lighting, exposure control, depth of field, and lighting for different media as they relate to the cinematographer’s role within the creative team.
  • The Mechanics of Cinematography. You will study the mechanics of practical lighting and camera movement. At the end of the module you will participate in a shooting exercise to explore how the use of camera style contributes to the narrative of the short film form.
  • Commercial Cinematography. You will investigate some of the specialised areas of filmmaking, including CGI, experimental or underwater cinematography. You will experiment with film as an art form, stretching your creative and technical skills towards a more personal style. During this module, you will have the opportunity to work on an Industry Project with an external client.
  • Crafting Narrative Through Cinematography. You will explore how to craft narrative through Cinematography.
  • Research and Project Methods. You will begin to prepare for your final Master’s Project by exploring key research methods including: defining problems, identifying areas of academic enquiry, formulating hypotheses, collecting, organising and evaluating data; developing and assessing conclusions. This enquiry could be in the form of a visual portfolio with mood boards, location details, and other filmic references to demonstrate the value of preconceiving visual work.
  • Master’s Project. This is a largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the completion of a short film project for which you assume the role of cinematographer.

 


Dates & Prices

  • 9 Oct 2017 — 12 Oct 2018
  • 12 Mar 2018 — 11 APR 2019
  • 8 Oct 2018 — 7 Nov 2019
  • Price

    £17,500

    Course fees include:
    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post production 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. We are accepting applications for all future intakes listed.

    Contact our Admissions Team on +44 20 8280 9119 or info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Entry Requirements:
    To apply for the MA in Filmmaking 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.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding:
    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

  • Price

    £17,500

    Course fees include:
    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post production 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. We are accepting applications for all future intakes listed.

    Contact our Admissions Team on +44 20 8280 9119 or info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Entry Requirements:
    To apply for the MA in Filmmaking 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.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding:
    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

  • Price

    £18,000

    Course fees include:
    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post production 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. We are accepting applications for all future intakes listed.

    Contact our Admissions Team on +44 20 8280 9119 or info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    Entry Requirements:
    To apply for the MA in Filmmaking 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.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding:
    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.


Tutors

Met Film School tutors on the MA Cinematography programme are leading industry practitioners with substantial teaching experience at the postgraduate level. Professional credits include award-winning film and television projects and affiliations with leading UK industry bodies.

DAVID SCHWARTZ

David, Course Leader, is an experienced cinematographer with numerous professional credits for commercials, features and television drama. He has worked on both sides of the Atlantic for such high-end clients as MTV, MasterCard™, Amnesty International, Stella Artois and Kellogg’s. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, David also has extensive credits in television, including Dr. Who, Judge John Deed, Stella, Lark Rise to Candleford, and award-winning continuing dramas Holby City, Casualty and The Bill. (Click here for full profile).

MIKE FOX

Visiting tutor, has over 30 years’ experience from working on Jamie’s Kitchen to TV series documentary ‘Attenborough’s Life Stories.’ (Click here for full profile).

 

CAREERS

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at Met Film School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The Met GO team (Met Graduate Opportunities) helps our talented and bright students secure creative jobs in leading companies across the globe.

Our graduates work across the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and many more besides.  These are just some of the companies they’ve gone onto work for:

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WHY MET FILM SCHOOL?

  • Famous facilities at Ealing Studios. Our students in London receive access to our modern premises and facilities within the famous Ealing Studios. High-profile productions made on-site include Downton Abbey, Nowhere Boy, My Week with Marilyn, Prince of Persia, The Iron Lady, Star Wars: Episode Two, and Victor Frankenstein. Learn more
  • Award-winning tutors and guest speakers. All our tutors and guest speakers are working screen professionals with numerous industry awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars. Learn more about our tutors and guest speakers
  • Part of the industry. Through working closely with our sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. Met Film businesses provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. Find out more
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Creative SkillSet. Find out more. Our degree course was described as ‘At the forefront of film pedagogy’ by the QAA
  • Leading the industry. As the fastest growing film school in the UK we are proud of our innovative approach with a strong focus on new media and platforms, which is delivered throughout all our courses

MA in Cinematography