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MA Cinematography for Film and Television

MA Cinematography for Film and Television

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cinematography Film Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Cinematography is at the heart of film and television production, orchestrating camera, lens, light and motion to create the visual aesthetic of the film. This course provides high-level industry staff-expertise and image capture technologies, which will enable you to flourish in the continually evolving arena of imaging for film and television.

The course will help you develop key intellectual and practical skills that meet, or challenge and exceed, current industry practice and expectations. It seeks to develop in parallel; you’re artistic eye, your technical skills, your team-working skills as part of camera crews, and your collaborative skills working with directors.

The course is suited to those who have some previous experience in filmmaking or photography, have a good aesthetic sense and critical eye and wish to develop these further. We would also welcome those who come with professional experience and wish to further develop their creative skills and show reel, while undertaking an immersive learning experience in the theory and practice of cinematography. You may have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject or may be able to show your suitability for this programme of study through associated work-experience or evidence of and outputs from other related activities.

This course is accredited by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS). You will use industry-standard technology, and learn from academic experts whose research and industry expertise will equip you to make the most of the evolving digital marketplace.

Potential career paths

This degree aims to develop creative skills, techniques and collaborative approaches which will prepare you for employment in today’s evolving media industry. Through collaborative and individual production you will build up a strong and distinctive show reel, which will prepare you for entry into the industry. Future career roles could be as diverse as natural history cinematographers, television camera operators, or feature film directors of photography.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Develop skills for employment in the field of digital camera operation and lighting. You'll become familiar with a range of camera, grip and lighting equipment and use these for completing projects through independent working and collaboration.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. Applicants without a first degree but with significant industry experience may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Applicants are encouraged to provide details of relevant work experience. If they lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience.

University information

Based by the sea in south-west England, just two hours from London by train, Bournemouth University offers over 90 taught Master’s courses as well as many research programmes. 16% of its students are in postgraduate study, meaning you’ll be joining a thriving postgrad community. The University has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual schools: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health,...more

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