MA in Cinematography


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Programme Description

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm 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.



  • 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 UK's 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.


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, 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 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).


  • 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 film 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.


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

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.

Last updated Feb 2018

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MetFilm School is a leading film, television, and online media school offering undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses across various craft areas. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of c ... Read More

MetFilm School is a leading film, television, and online media school offering undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses across various craft areas. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of creative screen professionals, educating them in the new world of story-telling across multiple devices. By putting industry at the heart of everything we do, MetFilm School best equips its graduates for successful careers. Our goal is to build the greatest school of its type in the world, allowing students to pass seamlessly into work, using our experience to help businesses adapt and change in the ever-changing multichannel world. Read Less
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