Taught course (will run subject to approval)


University of the West of England, Bristol · School of Film and Journalism

Entry requirements

Please see our website for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2018 intake. Applications for 2019 should be made from September 2018. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the MA Documentary Production or MA Radio Documentary course pages.

MA Cinematography is aimed at creative graduates and existing filmmakers wishing to develop their cinematography skills to a professional level. A highly practical course, it is underpinned by relevant contextual studies.

Offered as a full-time, the course will enable you to develop as a creative, knowledgeable, disciplined practitioner equipped to step into a wide range of camera and lighting roles within a constantly evolving film and television industry.

You can expect to build solid technical skills across a range of camera equipment and formats, as well as an understanding of advanced lighting and aesthetic principles. Importantly, you will learn how to connect with and communicate stories through cinematic language.

Real world insights

Our exceptionally strong relationships with high calibre industry partners will enable you to advance as a strong, creative image-maker in the expanding world of twenty-first century filmmaking. The course will be delivered in purpose-built new facilities housing industry standard technologies.

No other city outside London has such a concentration and diversity of media companies. Bristol has been identified by government as the core city for creative industries and technology and innovation, making it an excellent location for this field of study.

Industry-ready skills

By providing crucial insights into the film business, the course will help you develop a range of transferable skills, enabling you to confidently and professionally collaborate with a creative team in a film, TV studio or on location. Practical live briefs and other exciting industry-integrated learning opportunities will foster resourcefulness and enterprise to help you stand out in today's market.

Exploring the ethical considerations of media production, from broadcast compliance codes to sustainable filmmaking, will ensure you are equipped to make considered decisions on how your work engages with and incorporates diverse communities.

A wider view

Alongside practical skills, you will develop a deep understanding of film history and theory from leading academics and industry practitioners in the field. You will benefit from the strong base of practice-led research within the Faculty, which has an international reputation through its Research Centres.

Cinema screenings, master-classes, events and festivals will be at the heart of the curriculum. You will meet internationally renowned cinematographers and film professionals at Cinefest, UWE's own International Festival of Cinematography - the only one of its kind in Western Europe.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in our unique cutting-edge camera tests, developed in collaboration with the Cinematography Mailing List, giving unrivalled access to the most up-to-date advances in camera technology.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44(0)117 32 83333