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MA Film and Television Production with Cinematography

Visual storytelling: train for a career in film and television

Year of entry: 2019


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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Visualise and create stories for screen. Combine art and science, theory and practice to explore all aspects of cinematography for single-camera film and television production.

While learning the technical, practical and aesthetic principles of lighting, you'll work with industry-standard equipment, in our creative and supportive environment. You’ll gain technical experience and will develop and shoot your own project to high professional standards. 

We'll teach you through a mix of workshops, lectures, screenings and masterclasses with leading academics and industry professionals. Our focus on practical group projects, with hands-on work, will prepare you for a career collaborating with others on set and on location.

You'll develop essential expertise for meeting the challenges of a career in film and television. Our graduates have gone on to roles in British and European film industries, and in film, TV and commercial production in China, Latin America and the Middle East.


This course is accredited by ScreenSkills, the skills council for the UK film, TV and video games industries. The accreditation means that our students learn professional skills on courses approved and supported by the industry; and it gives access to various schemes, eg internships and traineeships with the BBC, ITV and other broadcasters, as well as independent production companies in British film and television.

Distinguished visiting speakers

We have a wide range of industry connections and regularly host visiting speakers and masterclasses.

Unique creative environment

Bringing together world-leading researchers, dynamic teachers and industry professionals in a vibrant community.

Employment prospects

Experience industry-standard training and creative practice, and use the latest professional kit to advance your skills for your future career.

Course content

From lighting theory and design, to camera technology and operation, and studio and location production methods including grips and electrics, you'll develop your skills in cinematography.

You'll study the practical, creative and business aspects of production for film and television. Our modules cover essential critical analysis, and you'll gain a greater understanding of the theory behind composition, lighting and making creative choices. 

As you learn the cinematographer's role in creating screen-based stories for fact and fiction productions, you'll advance your knowledge of the industry and collaborate with others to develop and shoot projects. Group work is an essential experience for the production process, enhancing your communication, problem-solving, project and resource management skills.

You'll also be able to follow your creative interests and ambition with your individual project over the Summer Term and vacation, worth half of the course credits. 


You'll study a total of 180 credits. 90 of these will be through taught modules in the first two terms. You’ll then go on to study a further 90 credits by making a short dramatic or documentary film and writing a reflective essay and technical report.  

Our modules will give you an aesthetic and technical grounding in visual storytelling, for both fiction and non-fiction, developed with the skilled use of our RED, Panasonic and Sony cameras.

Term 1

1. Digital Cinematography I (10 credits)

2. Digital Production and Postproduction Workflows (20 credits)

3. Group Projects I (20 credits)


Term 2

1. Digital Cinematography II (10 credits)

2. Business of Production and Postproduction (10 credits) 

3. Group Projects II (20 credits)

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


Term 3 and summer vacation

The final term is dedicated to the design and development of individual piece of work and accompanying report. This module accounts for half of all credits in the course. It's the most important and also the most challenging part of the course.

Individual Project (90 credits)

You will create a short film: a work of fiction or non-fiction that may be a stand-alone film or work as a piece of episodic television. You may want to make an adaptation, a personal story or a genre piece. Deciding early will allow you time to prepare for the module by exploring what permission, access and background information you'll need. 

You'll devise a concept in consultation with staff; the final film concept, schedule and running time will be agreed your supervisor. All preproduction and postproduction work will be done on campus, although you may find you need to be away from campus for principal photography.

The completed film, mastered to professional specification, will be submitted along with a formal project report of around 10,000 words. You'll be able to attend a screening of your work and meet with examiners to discuss the work. This isn't assessed, but allows the examiners a chance to ask questions about the film.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £8,580£21,640

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Department scholarship information

Further details of department specific funding.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Creative collaboration

You'll have the chance to work collaboratively with other students from all our film and TV Masters courses. Group project work will develop your skills to prepare you for an industry where you will often work with others to achieve your creative vision.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

The course involves a range of different teaching styles. Most modules will include lectures to give you a fundamental understanding of the subject and then lead on to practical work. The practical work will primarily involve workshops where you can become familiar with industry techniques and equipment, including lighting, grips, cameras (we have Red, Panasonic and Sony cameras, as well as Angenieux and Zeiss lenses). You may also attend film screenings.

You'll also have the opportunity to attend events such as talks, productions and festivals outside of your modules.

You'll be assigned a member of our teaching staff who will act as your personal supervisor for the duration of the course. They are there to give advice on academic matters as well as other areas of University life.


The equipment and facilities available are the highest quality found in professional film and programme making.

You'll have access to various HD and UHD Sony and Panasonic cameras, Angenieux and Zeiss lenses, industry-standard lighting, grips and sound, as well as fully equipped sound stages, rehearsal rooms, TV studios, green screen stages, dressing rooms, props store and workshop, and picture and sound finishing suites (including Foley and ADR).

You'll also have 24/7 access to a postproduction suite exclusively for our postgraduate students.

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Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media on Campus East.

Most of your contact hours will be in Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media, with some additional teaching elsewhere on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed throughout your course. Some modules have an early assessment that contributes a small amount to your final mark and gives an opportunity to check your progress.

Types of assessment vary depending on the module and include the following:

  • In-class tests
  • Presentations and pitches
  • Essays and reflective reports
  • Group and individual projects to explore lighting and composition
  • Blocking exercises
  • Group projects working with others across the department to create short film projects
  • 10,000 word report for your individual work

Careers and skills

A large number of TFTV graduates have made striking progress in their careers since completing their course. There’s a wide variety of possible career paths open to you after completing this MA, both across industry and academia. While you train to be a professional in television and film you'll also develop skills that are useful in any industry.

Career opportunities

  • Lighting and camera work
  • Production (including production management)
  • Film and television script development and supervision
  • Editing for television and online distribution
  • Directing
  • Commercial distribution

Transferable skills

  • Collaborative working
  • Problem solving
  • Investigative research
  • Time management and organisation
  • Technical analysis
  • Critical evaluation
  • Reflective learning

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer

You're expected to have at least a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, and evidence of professional experience or a commitment to film making.

The international equivalents of UK qualifications are shown on our country-specific pages. You can also contact the international team for guidance.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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