Major in Cinematography

Professor in Charge of Major

Lecturer Rauno Ronkainen

Learning Outcomes

In master’s studies in Cinematography, the student deepens his/her vocational competence to achieve a greater mastery of the overall artistic, production and technical entity of his/her professional area in various film, TV and advertising productions. A student of cinematography has a wide-ranging mastery of artistic means of expression, cinematography methods and challenging technical concepts, equipment and work methods.

The goal of education is to reinforce the student’s personal strengths and development in line with personal artistic vision, deepen cooperation skills with others responsible for artistic film work, and provide the skills needed for independent research work.

Education Content

During the education, the student’s personal vision is strengthened with a focus on artistic-technical cinematography competence and cooperation skills.

The job description of a cinematographer is reinforced and deepened in extensive master’s study modules and workshop exercises, both in Finland and internationally and by means of courses on vocational technology and artistic expression. The education is mainly based on practical learning by doing, work in small groups, personal guidance and dialogue-based interaction. During the studies, the student is introduced to all phases of preliminary planning in cinematography and artistic and production cooperation in film and television productions.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Advanced Studies in Cinematography

90

Students of the major complete 60 ECTS of studies from an annually changing selection of courses so that at least the minimum credit requirements of the study modules are fulfilled. In addition, students complete a master’s thesis.

Art, Theory and Research Studies

5–15

Students complete the following courses in at least their minimum extent:

ELO-E4000

Cinematography Methods 2–3

2–4

In addition, students choose one or several of the following courses:

ELO-E1004

Master’s Thesis Seminar 

3–5

ELO-E1500

Creator-centred Research and Creator Theory

2–4

ELO-E1501

Film Analysis and Essay Writing 

4

ELO-E1002

Advanced Information Retrieval  

1

ELO-E1001

Master Clinic

1–2

ELO-C1010 

Film History Specialisation

3

Advanced Studies in Cinematography

35–41

Students complete the following courses in at least their minimum extent:

ELO-E4001

Night Interior Lighting

3

ELO-E4002

Night Exterior Lighting

3

ELO-E4003

Character Lighting 2

2

ELO-E4013

Digital Cinematography 2

3

ELO-E4006

Display and screening technique

1

ELO-E4007

Color Definition 2

2

ELO-C4005 

Guest Cinematographers

2

ELO-E1005

Courses with Varying Content in Film (MA)

8–14 *

ELO-E4014

Moving Camera and Special Equipment

3

In addition, students can choose the following courses for the study module:

ELO-E4009

Commercial Film 2–3

4

Advanced Special Courses

4–20

Students complete the Advanced MA Laboratory in Cinematography in at least its minimum extent. Students can also complete the elective Means of Visual Design: Story Board course for the study module.

ELO-E4010

Advanced MA Laboratory in Cinematography

4–20 *

ELO-E4011

Tools of Visual Design

2

Master’s Thesis

30

ELO.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

All master’s degrees at Aalto ARTS include 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can for example complete courses at Aalto University or other Finnish universities or participate in an international student exchange programme. The major in Cinematography also offers a selection of courses which students can freely include in their elective studies.

Elective Studies in Cinematography

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Studies can be included in elective or minor studies in the following extents.

ELO.trai

Training

15 *

ELO-E1007

Assisting (MA)

2–4

ELO-E4012

Atmosphere Excercises

2

ELO-E3019

Digital Post Production
(in cooperation with Film Editing)

2–10

ELO-E3015

Experimental Film
(in cooperation with Film Editing)

4–7

ELO-E1000

International Studies (MA)

2–6

ELO-E3000

Seventh Art

1–5

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

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