Cinematography Concentration

Documentary Film - Studio School

Cinematography students learn to use visual storytelling to convey emotion. Each student will spend time as a Director of Photography, as well as the camera department and lighting department to gain the skills necessary to begin working professionally upon graduation. Students will learn the perennial skills to stay relevant as artists in a quickly changing, technologically minded industry.

In the Cinematography concentration, students learn to use visual storytelling to convey emotion to the audience through moving pictures and the art of cinematography. Not only will students work as Directors of Photography they will also work in all of the positions in both the camera and lighting departments to gain the skills to begin working professionally in the industry upon graduation. Regardless of the format (film, video or digital), the artistic approaches to storytelling through motion pictures is largely the same. As such, the students will learn the perennial skills to stay relevant as artists in a quickly changing, technologically minded industry.

As I have said before every director is different and may require something different from a cinematographer. The onus is on the cinematographer to find out how best to work for and with a director and with other members of the crew, for that matter. —Roger Deakins

Students Who Complete This Program...

  • Are powerfully prepared to pursue a professional career in motion pictures as an entrepreneur with artistic sensitivity, creativity and integrity.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of visual storytelling, structure, technology and professional production skills with a creative portfolio of original digital content.
  • Master the command of the various team functions and roles in film, television and commercial production with professional best practices.
  • Explore a deeper study in Cinematography that includes visual storytelling, cinematic continuity, composition, lighting, color, lens theory, exposure, camera movement and set etiquette.

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All degree candidates who complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Digital Content program with a concentration in Documentary will produce a series of original projects designed to build a creative digital portfolio of professionally produced content including:

  • SILENT NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
  • FIVE MINUTE SYNC SOUND FILM
  • INTERACTIVE MEDIA FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE
  • BRANDED DIGITAL CONTENT
  • 2 FEATURE LENGTH SCREENPLAYS
  • ORIGINAL WEB SERIES
  • EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN PROJECT
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY REEL
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT FEATURES
  • SKETCH COMEDY SHORTS
  • VIDEO EFFECTS AND MOTION GRAPHICS REEL
  • FIFTEEN MINUTE NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT FEATURES SKETCH COMEDY SHORTS
  • VIDEO EFFECTS AND MOTION GRAPHICS REE
  • FIFTEEN MINUTE NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT ON INFLUENTIAL PRODUCER
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORT FEATURE ON INFLUENTIAL DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
  • ADVANCED COLOR PROJECT
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
  • SPEC COMMERCIALS
  • ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY CAPSTONE PROJECT

With new avenues of distribution opening everyday, the market for skilled cinematographers is ever increasing. A degree in Cinematography will prime you to shoot short films, documentaries, commercials and feature films as a director of photography. In addition to shooting films, the Cinematography degree prepares graduates to work in the grip, electric departments and camera department, as DIT (Digital Imaging Technician), Camera Operator, First Assistant (focus puller), Second Assistant, Loader and Digital Utility.

You can also view our GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT page for more career information on jobs and possible careers that relate to this program.

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