Our MFA in Cinematography is aimed at international students who are fluent in English and hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in cinema and audio-visual studies, or in another field but with a keen interest in artistic careers.
It trains students to a high level of competence in all aspects of cinema-related work: directing, writing, image and post-production. It enables them to develop both their creative vision and technical expertise.
At the end of this training, our graduates have the skills to design, present and deliver fictional projects, documentaries, advertisements, and musical clips.
From their first year, students are trained in all areas of work (directing, writing, assisting the director, script, image, sound, and editing); they each produce an audio-visual project, according to specifications defined by their course director or tutor, and manage a team made up of students from all other sectors.
During their second year, students write and shoot a short fiction film in professional conditions. They also design a documentary for which they write a full production file and produce a 5-minute teaser.
Students have the benefit of personalized, one-to-one instruction from a tutor working in the same field as they intend to work: director, scriptwriter, 1st assistant, or camera operator. Individual monitoring of a personal project each year enables them to develop their professional project which forms the core element of their training. Tutors also monitor students’ overall progress.
In order to facilitate and consolidate learning, the MFA cinematography class has a restricted intake of 25 students.
Producing and directing
Managing a team
Writing a screenplay
Optics, colorimetry, photometry, and equipment technology
Multi-camera fiction recording
Photography direction: lighting control
Storytelling through editing
Preparing a subject, research, documentation
History of the cinema
Language discovery and French cultural awareness
Professional documentary project
Professional fiction project (synopsis, pitch, project note, moodboard)
This training forms part of the DNA of 3iS, namely learning by the project. During their two years of training, MFA cinematography students produce their projects independently (class group) with the support of other English-speaking 3iS programs:
Multi-camera TV fiction series
Advertisement (filmed in a studio)
Theater production filming: a very short film in a single place
Musical clip (in collaboration with a musical group)
Reporting and interviewing
Personal “ready to shoot” project (production and artistic files)
An individual technical or artistic research project, tutored by a trainer