MA Cinematography

MA Cinematography

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Overview

MA Cinematography

The MA Cinematography Programme offers students a unique opportunity to develop the necessary skills and techniques to work professionally within the camera department, employ a range of technical and creative techniques to maximise visual storytelling, and explore a range of film formats and processes.  

Students will look at the role of the cinematographer within the wider filmmaking process, and develop their skills towards the completion of a final Master’s project as a cinematographer. 

Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT and the QAA. 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. 

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Why Take The Course?

The MA Cinematography course will equip students with a systematic understanding of the creative and craft skills behind the role of the camera department, giving students a broad range of industry relevant skills within the discipline of cinematography. 

  • Practical. Through hands-on practical exercises, workshops, seminars, masterclasses and screenings,students will gain the practical skills and knowledge required to work with cameras and lighting to industry standards and practices, enabling students 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 shortfilmed project that students write and direct; 35mm workshop and shooting exercise; location and night shooting with large sensor camera; green screen 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 student’s 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. Students 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 students the opportunity to further showcase their 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 cinematographers including Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall, 1917), alumni Rina Yang (Top Boy, Becoming, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, FKA Twigs videos), and Laura Bellingham (Amulet, Double Date)Learn more about our Tutors and Guest Speakers.

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What You Will Study

  • Screen Induction Lab.  A combined learning experience across all five programmes covering key aspects of the filmmaking process, this module explores the life cycle of a screen content from conception to delivery. Through seminars and practical workshops, students will also engage with critical analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking. 
  • Cinematography Boot Camp.  An immersive module that covers the core craft skills a cinematographer needs in today’s screen industries, including the roles and function of the camera department, fundamentals of camera movement and lighting techniques, the role of the cinematographer in realising the director’s vision, and the various creative tools to aid visual storytelling. 
  • Cinematography & Creative Choice. Students will studythe mechanics of practical lighting and camera movement across a range of shooting scenarios, with emphasis on depth of field, depth of focus, and how to use these techniques to tell the story. 
  • Commercial Cinematography: Short Form Storytelling. This module looks at the wider relationship between the cinematographer and the production process. Through the Industry Project this module synthesises the knowledge and skills of the previous modules. This exercise in practical production sees cinematography students working collaboratively with students from the other MA pathways, to deliver short-form content to commercial and non-commercial businesses. 
  • Crafting Narrative Through Cinematography. This module will include workshops in advanced aspects of cinematography, including night shoots, and a more sophisticated look at lighting and camerawork. This module will also look at the relationship between the cinematographer and professional filmmaking practice, as well as emphasising the complex technical and creative principles of cinematography in preparation for working professionally as a cinematographer in today’s creative industries.
  • Research in Screen Practice. This module is delivered alongside the modules in Phase II in a ‘long and thin’ delivery pattern comprising three hours per week. During this module, students from all five MA programmes will explore key research methods including: defining problems, identifying areas of academic enquiry, formulating hypotheses, collecting, organising and evaluating data; developing and assessing conclusions, as well as theoretical frameworks and discourse related to their practice. 
  • Master’s Project. This is a largely self-directed module during which students 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

  • 26 September 2022 — 20 October 2023
  • UK Students

    £17,000*

    EEU Students

    £17,000*

    International Students

    £17,000*

    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.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

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

    -Voices That Matter Scholarship 2022. Find out more.

    *Subject to annual price review

Careers

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at MetFilm School, we concentrate on employability. Studentand graduates of MetFilm School will gain access to our dedicated careers advice department MetFilm Futures, who focus on supporting you and ensuring you develop the skills needed to succeed in the industry.  

MetFilm Production, our sister production company, offers 3-4 inhouse work experience placements per year for MetFilm School graduates. Selected graduates work in a variety of capacities on all of MetFilm Production’s films such as award-winning The Reason I Jump, 23 Walks and Swimming with Men.   

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. 

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Graduate Story

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


Student Work

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.

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