Cinematography

The Cinematography Major
within the Master of Fine Arts curriculum

is a highly personalized two-year program designed for students who have either a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema or Fine Arts or who have had professional experience in the film or audio-visual media industry. The program is also open to all students having successfully completed a BFA or MFA degree in other disciplines but have a serious interest in pursing a career in the cinema, television and audiovisual industries.
This program is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of filmmaking, with a second year of specialization in Cinematography where concentration is placed toward the student’s thesis project.

Program

The International Department’s MFA is an intensive two-year program concentrating on single camera fiction filmmaking with supplementary workshops and thesis options in the field of documentary.
Although we encourage specialization in later year of the MFA degree programs, we believe that students must have a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of the filmmaking process.

First year: The fundamentals of visual storytelling through fiction filmmaking

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 first year gives the students the opportunity to discover and experience a wide array of filmmaking disciplines before they choose and commit to the Cinematography major.
 

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Second year: specializing toward the thesis project

Students complete the cycle with a second year of specialization where concentration is placed on the thesis film project with his or her participation 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 MFA courses, has camera and lighting workshops, and one-to-one tutoring with a professional cinematographer.

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Target careers

The Master 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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