On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
- Camera - Image, Style & Motion: 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.
- Narrative Constructions: Establishing a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course, in combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a critical foundation for the effective completion of production work. You'll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
- Exploring Creative Camera & Lighting Techniques: Knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the field of digital camera operation and lighting. You will learn how to use a range of camera, grip and lighting equipment for documentary production, and spend most of your time in a production environment. All projects are filmed in collaboration with MA Directing Digital Film and Television students.
- Professional Practice: An introduction to key concepts, skills and knowledge you'll need for employment in the media industries.
Option units (choose one)*
- Masters Production Project: This is where you can create a calling card for the industry. Working with your cinematography tutor, you'll take advantage of the Faculty of Media & Communication collaborative environment to work with writers, producers and directors to create shorts, dramas and documentaries, or even a low-budget feature film for you to light and shoot using professional equipment.
- Masters Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individual or collaboratively-written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artefacts.
*Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
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Download the programme specification for MA Cinematography for Film & Television.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
For MA Cinematography for Film and Television we are looking for applicants who:
- Have engaged with filming on a practical level
- Are flexible with time and energy levels
- Are creative and enthusiastic
- Can adapt to varying demands/workloads.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications and show-reels. We may also interview applicants who have a 2:2 (or equivalent qualification) either at the university or over Skype for international students.
The interview will be marked on the following criteria which you can request feedback on afterwards:
- Potential for further development
- Professional understanding / ambition
- Familiarity with professional editing software
- Appreciation of editor’s role
- Capacity for Master's level inquiry.
The show-reel is to demonstrate how you have engaged with the filming process at a practical level prior to embarking upon this course. The short show-reel of your work should exhibit what you perceive as being the best examples of your craft, along with your application form.
Wherever possible, please upload your show-reel to your online application. However, if this is not possible we will also accept the show-reel submitted on a DVD/CD.
(Show-reels should last no more than 20 minutes).
Full Entry Requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject or equivalent, e.g. Practical Art & design (such as Photography or Media) Digital or Analogue Film Production.
- 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
- A show-reel should be submitted with the application form
- An interview may be required
If you 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. Contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our study postgraduate entry requirements page.
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 showreel, 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.
The course has been awarded accreditation by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) in recognition of its professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.