MA Cinematography

MA Cinematography


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.

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.



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)


MA Alumni Stories

Joao Pedro Caldeano

Prolific cinematographer whose work has been screened internationally. Read more.

Matthew Muscat-Drago

Cinematographer on commercials, music videos and narrative short films. Runs his own company: MD Productions. Read more.





  • 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

  • 4 October 2021 — 28 October 2022
  • Price


    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.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

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

    -Voices That Matter Scholarship 2021. Find out more.

    *Subject to annual price review


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.


Visiting tutor, has over 30 years’ experience from working on Jamie’s Kitchen to TV series documentary ‘Attenborough’s Life Stories.’ IMDB Profile



From the very first day at MetFilm School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The MetFilm Futures team help 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. Below are just some of the companies they’ve gone onto work for.




Graduate Story

Don’t take our word for it. Find out what our graduates say about their MetFilm School experience. Hear more graduate stories.


We proudly present some of the course graduates’ works. These projects will give you an idea of what you should be able to produce by the end of the course.





  • Situated and based in the world-famous Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios is a professional film and television production environment and MetFilm School is based inside this space, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Being on the lot creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students and these are advertised through our student opportunity department, MetFilm Futures. MetFilm School does have its own studio space – Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our Post Graduate Cinematography course. It is also accessible on a case by case basis to students shooting films and other kinds of project but has to be booked in advance. Regarding the main studios, we expect all students to be courteous, professional and respectful while they are on the lot. For obvious reasons, they cannot enter sets or professional productions freely.
  • 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