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Full time January MA 2 years full-time

About the course

This is the only two-year specialist cinematography MA in the UK. Our students learn both the art and craft of cinematography, combining creative expression with technical expertise.

Students will collaborate with their colleagues to shoot several films, with the opportunity to shoot both live action and animation, and with access to 16mm and 35mm film as well as Alexa XT and Alexa Mini Cameras.

Our graduates are in demand in the UK, Europe and the US and go on to work in both film and television. Recent graduates, from the last four years, have gone on to shoot films shortlisted for Oscars and produce BAFTA-winning work as well as shoot commercials, television series and documentaries for Channel 4, Granada and Sky.

What you will study

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Entry Requirements

We are looking for people with innate talent. Therefore, previous training in these areas is not mandatory but some basic technical knowledge is required. Experience gained from working in the camera department of the film and television industry is helpful but not essential.

You must have an understanding of the role of the Director of Photography and its creative and logistical responsibilities. You would also need to be able to demonstrate good communication and collaborative skills and leadership qualities.

You must have a good understanding of “cinematic language” and demonstrate this in your submitted film material.

Course Content

Where is National Film and Television School


Student Profile(s)

Lynne Ramsay

4017.jpg 1995 graduate, and director of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher.

Roger Deakins

4021.jpg 1975 graduate, and DoP of 007: Skyfall, True Grit, No Country For Old Men.

Melissa Byers

3D Stereographer; Credits include Gravity, Jack the Giant Slayer, Flying Monsters with David Attenborough

"The NFTS provided me with top class facilities and an opportunity to be creative"


NFTS Scholarships

The Toledo Scholarship

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