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.
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.
This program is a full-time, two-semester, conservatory-based, certificate program. International students can apply for an OPT and have the right to a one-year work visa in the US after completing the one-year program. Qualified students who complete the 1-Year Certificate may apply to have their coursework be accepted for advanced standing in the MFA in Cinematography.
During this one-year program of study, students will complete compelling projects such as classic Mise-En- Scène and Continuity projects, as well as a Capstone film. By the end of the program, students will have a professional cinematography showreel that highlights their best work. To learn more, visit the cinematography projects page.
Students may enroll in the one-year program at our NYFA New York or Los Angeles campuses. While both campuses follow a similar curriculum, every NYFA location will provide a unique experience.
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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.