The Art & Craft of Cinematography July 2022

11-15th July 2022

The Lincoln School of Film and Media has forged a reputation for excellence built on outstanding facilities, a diverse portfolio of programmes, and strong relationships with the creative industries.

Our courses place an emphasis on practical production informed by theory. Our learners produce original material that is highly creative and innovative, geared towards industry and employability is at the core of everything we do. Our learners work with industry-standard equipment such as the Arri Alexa and have access to a wide range of resources that allows them to create their work to a high standard.

Cinematography is at the heart of every film and high-end TV production. This course will give you the time and focus to delve deep into the art and craft of cinematography.

This Five-day course is focused on getting to the very heart of film and high-end TV. The art form of Cinematography. Which is lighting, framing, focus and movement, all based around storytelling.

The week will begin with discussions around the art form and the craft of cinematography. Along with getting to know the equipment. Especially the industry-standard Arri Alexa camera system. From there, the week will develop based on the needs and direction of the students. You will begin lighting a simple shot. Looking at interviews and portraiture. Before moving on to working with daylight, lighting from the outside, scenes with multiple subjects, and then adding in camera movement. Students can direct the focus of the sessions based on their interests and perhaps project needs.

Other aspects of cinematography will be covered such as location recce’s, the roles of the Focus puller, Clapper Loader, Gaffer, Spark and Grip.

Based on practical, hands-on workshops as well as fluid discussion and debates around the art and craft of cinematography, this 5-day course is ideal for anyone interested in a career as a cinematographer, or the many other roles within the cinematography department on film or high-end TV. By the end of this course, you will have a new level of understanding about telling a story with camera and lighting.

This course would be a campus experience, with an online element of additional content and a closed social media group for networking and further discussion.

What's included

The course is built around the industry-leading Arri Alexa camera system. You will leave the course with a great understanding of the camera system. You will be taught by professional cinematographers.

The course includes:

  • Open discussion around the art & craft of cinematography
  • Camera workshops
  • Lighting workshop
  • Workshops focused on the none artistic side of the role such as location recces
  • Practical hands-on workshops that allow participants to be trained on industry-standard equipment, including the Arri Alexa
  • Understanding the Camera Team
  • Understanding the Lighting Team
  • Explore the Grip team
  • Professional practice of a cinematographer along with the art and science behind the craft

Why choose Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is the number one Modern University in the UK (2020). We foster creativity, research and business skills within our staff and students and we are continually pushing at boundaries and engaging with 21st-century teaching and learning.

Our School of Film and Media equips learners with industry-standard equipment and the creative freedom to produce outstanding, award-winning material.

This short course is led by industry cinematographers, with vast experience of shooting commercial productions, features and short films, as well as having extensive knowledge and understanding of teaching and mentoring in this field.

Learning Outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the next steps in developing your career towards becoming a cinematographer
  • Deep understanding of camera and lighting techniques and the practice of cinematography
  • Develop core and artistic skills in cinematography
  • Explore the practical and theoretical elements of cinematography

Who should attend

Anyone interested in a career in cinematography or the camera/lighting department on a film or TV set, for example: students of other courses, the wider community, creative businesses, individuals who want to learn about the field.

Course details

Dates: 11-15th July 2022
Duration: 5 days
Fees: £900 with accommodation, £725 without accommodation

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The fee is £900 with accommodation and £725 without accommodation. For group discounts of 6 or more please contact

Fees for all students include course materials, use of specialist facilities and lunch from Monday to Friday. We do not normally provide evening meals, as this is an opportunity for students to explore the many places to eat in Lincoln that will suit a variety of budgets and dietary requirements.

With accommodation, the option includes breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday and you must be over 18 years of age on the day the summer school commences.

Without accommodation, the option includes lunch from Monday to Friday and you must be over 18 years of age on the day the summer school commences.

All fees must be paid in full by 1st June 2022.

Fees do not include flights, airport transfers or visa costs. Please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa.

All courses are taught in English, if English is not your native language we expect you will have a minimum level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

What you need to bring

Yourself and a note book. All equipment will be provided.