1-Year Cinematography Certificate Program

Learn Cinematography and Visual Storytelling at NYFA

In our rigorous 1-Year Cinematography Certificate Program, aspiring Cinematographers learn how to apply consistency to their creative work, building up their discipline and skillset in the visual arts. Throughout their time at our Cinematography School, students will practice and develop basic lighting, composition, color theory, film, digital, and camera movement techniques through hands-on projects. Students also study general film craft, editing, color correction, and still photography.

During this process, students gain experience using 16 and 35mm film and digital cameras and industry-standard equipment, establishing a reel that reflects their own unique and narrative style. The one-year certificate is a great opportunity for students to enhance their visual communication skills and begin or continue their journey as a visual storyteller.

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Faculty Highlights

Interview with NYFA New York Cinematography Chair, Piero Basso, AIC-IMAGO

Interview with NYFA Los Angeles Cinematography Chair, Anthony Richmond, ASC, BSC

School Alumni

Anna Franquesa Solano  

Anna Franquesa Solano

Cinematographer | Writer

Michelle Cassis  

Michelle Cassis

Director | Cinematographer



The 1-Year Cinematography Certificate Program curriculum includes:

  • Instruction and critique from award-winning cinematography faculty actively working in the field
  • Experience on set as a Director and Cinematographer, as well as various roles on classmates’ films such as roles of Gaffer, Key Grip, Camera Assistant, and Camera Operator
  • Consistent access to state-of-the-art camera systems, sound, and lighting equipment
  • Guest lectures with film industry leaders, such as Cinematographers, Directors, Actors, Producers, and more

To learn more about the one-year program, refer to NYFA’s Course Catalogs or request more information.



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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.