The Cinematography Major
within the Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum

is designed to provide a broad introduction to the elements of filmmaking, completing the cycle with a third year of specialization in Cinematography where concentration is placed toward the student’s third term project.


The International Department’s Bachelors program is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of filmmaking enabling the student to find employment in the various occupations of audio-visual industries including film, television and new media.

First year: Introducing the fundamentals of visual storytelling through documentary filmmaking

The filmmaking component begins with a concentration on storytelling for the documentary to develop the student’s visual vocabulary through theoretical courses and practical exercises.

Second year: Perfecting fiction techniques through the addition of screenwriting as form

The student will distinguish and develop for their fiction cinema project, the techniques implied in each of the following specializations: cinematography, directing, screenwriting, producing and editing.
This second year gives the students the opportunity to discover and experience a wide spectrum of filmmaking disciplines before they choose and commit to the Cinematography major.

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Third year: specializing toward the third term project

Students complete the cycle with a third year of specialization where concentration is placed on the third term project with their participations as a cinematographer in 3 EICAR student productions as well as working an additional student production in another capacity. The student, in addition to the required BFA courses, has camera and lighting workshops, and one-to-one tutoring with a professional cinematographer.

The students’ participation in student film exercises and productions other than their own, their ability to work as part of a team, and the quality of their contribution to each project are equally important factors in the final evaluation their overall performance in the BFA program.

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Target careers

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Cinematography aims to give students professional preparation for a career as a Cinematographer in film, television and digital media.
EICAR graduate cinematographers are more than prepared for the rigors of the professional world and work in a multitude of audio-visual related occupations in both the feature and documentary fields including Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Focus Puller, Video Split Operator, Camera Assistant, Clapper Loader, Camera Technician, Film and Television Gaffer.

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