Focusing on the art and craft of visual storytelling, Fellows receive instruction from professional cinematographers while learning how to move an audience with their visual interpretation of the narrative.

Classroom lectures, lighting workshops, and exercises using both digital and 35mm film cameras provide Fellows with practical experience and training. Fellows become adept at making fast, informed and inspired creative decisions.

Three short narrative projects are the core of the first year. With training in new media technology incorporated — from pre-visualization to advanced image manipulation and control — Fellows develop their storytelling skills by photographing narrative projects on digital video.

In the second year, Fellows team to shoot 15- to 30-minute thesis productions, which may be filmed in a variety of formats. In addition, the completion of the Cinematography portfolio includes a short 35mm essay.

Production and Discipline Requirements

PRN 510: Introduction to Cycle Production – Boot Camp
First Term | 4 Credit Hours
Intensive introductory workshop on the fundamentals of story, cycle production, critical analysis, and collaborative processes. All discipline Fellows collaborate on production exercises as well as receive specialized instruction from their particular program's point of view.

PRN 511: Cycle Production I
First Term | 4 Credit Hours
A workshop wherein Fellows team to form production groups that produce a short narrative project on digital video. Cinematography Fellows shoot and camera assist on projects as well as work as crew in order to strengthen on set experience as well as contribute to the visual storytelling effort. Cinematographers also join production team members in several collaborative sessions devoted to story and screenplay development in advance of production. If for any reason Cinematographers shoot more than the minimum required, they are expected to fulfill all responsibilities and will be evaluated accordingly.

PRN 512: Cycle Production II & III
Second Term | 8 Credit Hours
A continuing production workshop; Fellows team to produce two additional short narrative projects. First year Cinematographers must successfully fulfill all pre-production, production and postproduction responsibilities on at least two narrative short projects. If for any reason Cinematographers have more than the minimum required, they are expected to fulfill all responsibilities and will be evaluated accordingly.

PRN 521 & 522: Narrative Workshop and Analysis
First and Second Terms | 6 Credit Hours Total
A companion workshop to Cycle Production I & II, Narrative Workshop is a core component of the first year program. All Fellows participate in a general discussion forum as well as a separate analysis session with their respective individual team members. Particular emphasis is given to the exposition of narrative elements and themes through the use of image, sound, movement, lighting, design, writing and editing strategies. The team also participates in a production review meeting.

CIN 511 & 512: Cinematography Workshop
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total
Cinematography Fellows further their understanding and appreciation of the art of cinematography by developing a personal aesthetic within the general context of professional cinematography. Analysis of Fellow's work on first year productions provides examples and illustrations to address specific issues, techniques and strategies.

CIN 521 & 522: The Art and Craft of Cinematography
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total
This workshop is composed of a lecture and a studio component. A detailed examination of the on set protocols, tools and practices of cinematography, including the operation and procedures of cameras and lighting equipment, laboratory procedures and processes, optical effects, and specialized equipment. Fundamental equipment procedures, camera mechanics, interior and exterior lighting, grip equipment, pre-production planning, composition, optics, electrical and safety, exposure, color, sound, and collaboration are all addressed. The completion of photographic assignments and digital video projects develop visual storytelling skills. Fellows also work in film formats through individual and group exercises. The class includes tours of cinematography-related companies, hands-on demonstrations, screenings and guest speakers.

CIN 531 & 532: History of Cinematography
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total
The history of world cinematography is presented in this bi-monthly three-hour session, which rotates with the HLMS sessions. Films of historic cinematographic significance are presented and discussed to illustrate the technical and creative history of the tools of cinematographer’s craft from early days to the digital age. Writing assignments and photographic assignments are used to underscore course insights.

CIN 541 & 542 Cinematography Cycle Project Mentorship First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total
During the week before they work on set, Cinematographers of a cycle project meet with a Cinematography Senior Lecturer who is a sounding board for them on all related topics ad reviews their plans for their upcoming shoot. The Senior Lecturer will also review the completed projects during office hours and visit sets during production at his/her discretion.

CIN 551 & 552 Cinematography Forum
First and Second Terms | 0 Credit Hours Total
A significant feature film is presented with the cinematographer in attendance. Usually the film presented is in current release. The visiting cinematographer takes part in a discussion of their work. The forum is presented once a month on a Friday afternoon and attendance is optional for Cinematographers with current production responsibilities.

CON 511 & 512: Master Seminars
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total
The Master Seminars present leading figures from all aspects of the motion picture, television and digital media arts. The seminars are designed to provide Fellows with a broad and varied perspective on the contemporary motion picture arts and professions. Active participation and attendance is required.

CON 521 & 522: American Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total
This seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of American cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.

Year One Portfolio Review
Upon review of the first year work, faculty invites Fellows to continue to the second year and candidacy for the Master of Fine Arts Degree or Certificate of Completion. The portfolio review is conducted by Cinematography faculty through a formal interview with each Cinematography Fellow, which results in a recommendation regarding future work in the program.


PRN 610: Thesis Production – Cinematography
First and Second Terms | 12 Credit Hours Total
Building on the first year production experience, the Cinematography Fellows must successfully fulfill all director of photography responsibilities on a thesis production—a professionally executed short film or digital video project—which is evaluated by the senior faculty. Cinematographers collaborate with project team members under the guidance of thesis production mentor faculty. Thesis production teams participate in special development, pre-production and post-production workshops. In addition, teams visit discipline workshops on a scheduled basis over the course of pre-production, production and post-production in order to gain a thorough understanding of the collaborative interdisciplinary creative process. If a Cinematography Fellow is approved by faculty to shoot more than one thesis production, the additional project(s) will be considered an additional thesis requirement for completion of the degree or certificate.

CIN 611 & 612: Thesis Portfolio – Cinematography
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total
This workshop is led by senior Cinematography faculty and master guest artists who present a variety of topics and experiences that are designed to broaden the Fellow's understanding of the art of moving image capture, control and manipulation. Thesis productions are examined in the workshop from the cinematographer's point of view.

CIN 621 & 622: Advanced Art & Craft of Cinematography
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total
This seminar presents a variety of topics relating to specialized and advanced level cinematography and visual effects tools and techniques. Guest artists participate in the workshop on a regular basis to conduct specialized seminars and demonstrations as well as to provide feedback on Fellow work.

CIN 670: Internship Practicum
First and Second Terms | 1-3 Credit Hours | Elective
This is an internship course that may become a required course for credit as recommended by the discipline faculty mentor. All aspects of this internship must be an integral part of the Fellow's discipline curriculum. The objective of this course is to provide working experience in the approved film/TV profession as it pertains specifically to the Fellow's discipline and degree/certificate requirements. Specific duties and requirements will be outlined and supervised by the faculty mentor. This internship qualifies an international Fellow for Curriculum Practical Training; approval must be obtained by the International Advisor as well as the faculty mentor and Dean prior to enrolling in the course.

CIN 690: Advanced Cinematography Workshop
First and Second Terms | 16 Credit Hours Total
With the advisement of the faculty, Cinematography Fellows will plan, produce, shoot and analyze a set of scenes, as part of their thesis project, that will demonstrate creative and technical competencies. The scenes can be shot in film or video medium and with other work will comprise a professional reel demonstrating the range of skills and talents of the individual Fellow. In addition, each Cinematography Fellow is required to produce a 35mm MOS visual essay that demonstrates competency in the medium. Cinematography Fellows who are part of more than one thesis team or who have other production responsibilities may petition the senior Filmmaker-in-Residence: Cinematography, to waive this requirement. The completed portfolio reel will be evaluated by the senior Filmmaker-in-Residence: Cinematography, who approves the thesis work for graduation.

CON 621 & 622: World Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total
This second year seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of international cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.