Cinematography Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking

Cinematographers at the Norwegian Film School learn to develop their visual storytelling abilities while mastering professional production and post production equipment and facilities.

  • Location Lillehammer
  • Programme length 3 years
  • ECTS 180
  • Language Norwegian (Scandinavian)

The cinematographers’ main task is to transfer the director's vision to the screen, and you will work with camera and lighting techniques as well as relevant post production tools. As a cinematographer you should possess both creative and technical skills in order to act as a creative sparring partner for the director.

The cinematographer has one of the central functions in a film production, and the work tasks are plentiful and varied. You will be a supervisor, team leader, and a strong collaborative partner. You will work closely with the director, the scenographer, and visual effects design in order to realize a common vision. You will also have a close dialogue with the producer and the editor.

In addition to using lighting to create the desired moods, an important part of the cinematographer’s work is to operate the camera, i.e. handle all movements of the camera whether handheld, on stand, on dolly, or other grip equipment. This is comparable to a musician playing an instrument – it requires intensive practice. Students are encouraged to dedicate time for their own exercises and practice. The main focus throughout the course of studies – and in all exercises –  is visual storytelling and creating images that communicate the vision and story.

Career prospects

As a cinematography graduate, you can work as a director of photography in advertising, music videos, and TV shows. You will also be able to work on different types of film projects, both commercial and artistic.