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Cinematography Certificate

Do you want to pursue a career as a director of photography, or would you like to learn more about the cinematography and camera department?   Our Cinematography Certificate will provide a comprehensive introduction to shooting and lighting for film. Guided by experienced filmmaking professionals, this intense 5-day course will introduce the concepts of lighting, camera operation, framing, colour correction and grading.

This course will be taught using the state of the art, Arri Alexa HD camera.

This practical, in-depth training will give you the opportunity to serve as DOP, camera operator, focus puller and clapper loader on a series of short films in an industry setting, offering hands-on insights into the world of cinematography.


Duration: 5 days

Our Cinematography Certificate is the ideal course for filmmakers keen to build knowledge and experience of working in the camera department. By developing an understanding of all of the key roles on set, students will complete the course with an enhanced perspective of the filmmaking process. Accordingly, this course would also benefit aspiring directors and filmmakers who have not yet worked in the camera department.

Guided by experienced camera and lighting professionals, this practical and in-depth course provides training in various aspects of cinematography including lighting, camera operation, focus, field of depth, lens manipulation, DIT, colour correction and grading. All students will have the opportunity to practise the roles of the camera department on a short film in a studio environment using a high-end HD camera. Participants will also be introduced to grading and colour correction in LFA’s bespoke grading suite, ahead of a screening in our state-of-the-art cinema.

Targeted exercises ensure you:

  • Establish an understanding of shot choices, visual storytelling and effectively interpreting the script
  • Enhance your communication techniques, allowing you to draw the best from your crew
  • Shoot and grade a short film, working with a full crew and professional actors in an industry standard environment

Course Goals

  • Learn professional techniques to improve your performance as a director of photography, looking at colour temperature, hard and soft light, framing, ratios and operation of the Arri Alexa
  • Improve your collaborative skills, allowing you to communicate more effectively with fellow crew members
  • Practice all roles within the camera department in an on-set environment and earn credits in each role

Whilst on the course, and for one month after, you will receive complementary membership with the LFA Filmmaker's Club.

Interested in directing?
Why not consider the Directing Certificate, which runs immediately after the Cinematography Certificate? This 5-day course offers an introduction to visual storytelling, communicating with actors and storyboarding. If you decide to enrol in both courses immediately, you can save £90 on the course fees.

  • All applicants must be fluent in English: English Language Level: Upper Intermediate
  • Minimum age 18. If you are under 19 you might be interested in our Young Filmmakers Academy for 13-17 year olds

As the Directing Certificate course is under 30 days, most visitors to the UK from outside of the EEA (non-EU countries) will be able to join the course on a Standard Tourist Visa (as long as studying is not the main purpose of your visit). Alternatively, international students from outside the EEA (non-EU countries) should obtain a Short-Term Study Visa to enter the UK. 

Please see our Visa Information page for more in-depth information.

London Film Academy has been reviewed by QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) for Educational Oversight.


To apply online please click on the course date below.

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