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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

This 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, master classes 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.

Key facts: 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 Green screen 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. 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. Careers: 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 student’s 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.

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Full time


1 year

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In this module students will begin to prepare for 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.

Tuition fees

UK fees
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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students 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.