Cinematography - Erasmus Mundus Joint MA

VIEWFINDER is a new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Cinematography presented by a consortium of partners made up of the National Film School at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland (IADT), The University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, Hungary (SZFE), and the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia, (BFM).

VIEWFINDER will provide an MA in Cinematography through practice-based learning on industry standard digital equipment.

The course aims to provide participants who have prior practical experience of filmmaking with the opportunity for an in-depth focus on the development of their craft and their own personal development as cinematographers. This course will provide the advanced technical knowledge and skill necessary for the creative visual realisation of mainstream productions covering both American and European Film industry practice and tradition.

VIEWFINDER will place special emphasis on the study of visual story telling using new and innovative methods such as creative on set collaboration by participants with experienced professional film directors, the study of Drama in European painting and the study of psychological reception theories and how these can be exploited through cinematography to achieve dramatic effect in the perception of the viewer. Graduates will gain a thorough understanding of the skill of visual storytelling allowing for the closest of collaboration with directors in their future careers. The course will cover the special cinematography skills needed for documentary story telling based on the European documentary tradition.

This programme seeks applicants who are already experienced in film production photography as cinematographer, camera operator, camera assistant, stills photographer etc. and who are well versed in set procedures and collaborative nature of filmmaking. The course aims to offer the applicant with working experience the opportunity to further their personal development as a cinematographer as part of an international class but without the pressure of shooting to a production deadline. It is an artistic learning journey and a cinematographer's Cloister allowing time to re-examine, redefine and enhance one's practice of cinematography. This is an Erasmus Mundus Program and offers two-year scholarships to some of the selected European and non-European students.

VIEWFINDER Master Course is sponsored and supervised by the EACEA - Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.

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What modules will I study?
• The Art of Cinematography 1-3 (interior, exterior, character)
• The Art of Cinematography 4 – Master Degree project
• Technical Foundation in Camera & Lighting
• Advanced Camera Operation
• Interpreting the Screenplay
• Digital workflow
• Creative Postproduction
• Style Studies in Colour Grading
• Screenwriting & Directing
• History and Theory of Cinematography
• Cognitive Film theory
• Mood and Drama in European Painting
• Aesthetics of the picture
• Documentary Directing course (with DocNomads EMJMD)


2 years [full-time] 120 credit international programme awarding a joint/multiple MA Diploma.

When do classes take place?
Students will study in Dublin for the first semester, in Budapest for the second semester and in Tallinn for the third semester. In the fourth semester the student body will be divided equally across the three schools.

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What will I be able to do when I graduate?
The course prepares the students to work as Directors of Photography and Camera Operators. Graduates can expect to find work in all branches of filmmaking such as TV Drama, Feature Film, Documentary, Music Video, Commercials etc.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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