Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 6 x 1 Hour Practicals
Seminar 7 x 1 Hour Seminars
Workshop 6 x 2 Hour Workshops
Lecture 7 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written presentation and portfolio of material (1,500 words)  60%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Practical assessment of Students knowledge of the equipment and camera techniques.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Written presentation and portfolio of material (1,500 words)  60%
Supplementary Exam 1 Hours   Practical assessment of Students knowledge of the equipment and camera techniques.  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key processes in cinematography.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how choices in shot effect the visual expressivity and clarity of storytelling in images in film production.
3. To develop an understanding of content, form and critical theory and an appreciation of how this relates to the aesthetic of the finished production.

Brief description

Filmmaking is all about telling a story. The art of cinematography is one of the core technical processes of the film production period and has a direct effect on the decisions in post production both in the edit, the grade and visual effects. The course will concentrate on practical hands on learning of camera skills, lighting and composition; both practice and technique. The Director of photography is a close collaborator with the film’s director and they work together to drive the narrative of the film. The module offers not only technical instruction on how the equipment works, and how developing technology impacts the role of the cinematographer, it also explores a range of contexts, key techniques and cinematography principles that help drive the narrative of the film. Students will have the chance to work with industry experts in the field through lectures, workshops, shooting exercises and practical experience.


Course Delivery:
Lectures: 7 x 1 hours
Seminars: 7 x 1 hours
Practicals: 6 x 1 hour practical exercises; 6 x 2 hour practical workshops with camera equipment

Course Content:

Creative and technical skills
Framing and composition
Depth of field
Shooting on HD v Film
Setting up a scene and assessing coverage
Eye lines, shot size, Camera Mounts

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Use of the camera including lens work involves application of number skills.
Communication Written communication as well as the process of communicating a concept through a particular medium is directly assessed. Oral communication skills are developed through exercises, seminars and feedback on creative concepts for cinematography.
Improving own Learning and Performance Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module which will help students to improve their own learning and performance.
Information Technology As part of the module Students will required to use industry standard software involved in camera work.
Personal Development and Career planning The skills gained from this module will enhance the employability of film students.
Problem solving Cinematography on location is a series of compromises and decision making based on a continuous process of problem solving. Students will be tested on this individually and as part of a team.
Research skills Students will be expected to research the variety of cinematography and lighting skills used to resolve issues that arise in real life situations and will be assessed on their ability to evaluate and effectively use their knowledge to apply these skills to the issues that arise.
Subject Specific Skills Cinematography skills will be developed throughout the module.
Team work Interaction of the Cinematography and lighting components of the module will require students to work effectively as a team to deliver media content by specific deadlines.


This module is at CQFW Level 5