Cinematography is the art of using a camera and lighting to create and capture visual mood. Acting as the director’s primary collaborator, the cinematographer brings the director’s idea to life through visualization. A student pursuing an emphasis in cinematography will have the opportunity to share their unique vision of the world, discovering new methods of expressing themselves through imagery. 

What You'll Learn:

  • Use a wide array of cameras in multiple settings to achieve specific look and feel through the artistic use of light, frame rates, shutter angles, and, as it applies, film processing techniques.
  • Use the terminology of the cinematography profession.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of cinematography in theory and practice.
  • Assemble numerous camera packages – digital and film – for studio and location shoots.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency with digital cameras and their collection of the digital image.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the 35mm format, and load and unload 16mm and 35mm cameras.
  • Identify and utilize multiple means of camera movement.
  • Use the Jib Arm, Fisher Dolly, dolly track, and other tools commonly employed in camera movement.
  • Work as a member of a camera team.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge and ability to do color grading. 


  • Light effectively in a three-camera studio environment.
  • Describe how electricity works.
  • Light “on the run” with little prep time to accommodate the pace of non-fiction TV.

Courses You'll Take:

Cinema Degree
Cinema & TV Degree


All students choosing to work towards a combined Cinema-Television Bachelors degree must take all core classes – including Introduction to TV Production, which is a core class for combined majors, and these four (4) courses:


Additionally, students must take two (2) from the list for Cinema Majors PLUS two (2) from the following courses:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At CCH we have it all, from our state of the art soundstages to the Red One MX Camera, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced:

Interested in what you might create? At CCH we give our students countless opportunities to show their skills. Check out some of their work below. 

Turn Your Passion Into a Career:

Technical Skill + Business Know-How + A Crazy Creative Mind = One Good Looking Future. We want to help you turn cinematography into more than just a hobby, we want you to live it day in and day out. Because doing what you love isn’t a want, it’s a necessity.

Career Opportunities:

  • Director of Photography
  • Best Boy
  • Lighting Supervisor
  • Camera Assistant (1st)
  • Camera Assistant (2nd)
  • Camera Operator
  • Dolly Grip
  • Gaffer
  • Grip
  • Key Grip
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Still Photographer

Who You’ll Learn From:

CCH is a college made by the industry for the industry. That is why we hire industry professionals to teach you everything you need to know. Take a look at who might be teaching you.

Aldo Antonelli Aldo Antonelli Camera Operator for over 40 years working on films such as Batman and Robin and The Unit.
Roberto Correa Roberto Correa With over 20 years of experience in the United States and abroad, Instructor Correa is a true veteran of cinematography.
Stephen Crawford Stephen Crawford An experienced and accomplished director of photography, Associate Professor Crawford has worked on shows such as CSI: New York and NYPD Blue.
Matthew Irving Matthew Irving Cinematographer for over 28 films and countless other TV shows, commercials, and short films.
Charles Rose Charles Rose Director of Photography on commercials for companies such as Revlon, L’Oreal, and Coca-Cola.
Milton Santiago Milton Santiago Has lensed or created content for companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Disney, PBS, Showtime Networks, Sundance Channel, Adidas, Toyota, and Reebok.
Ben Stanley Ben Stanley With over 20 years of experience, Associate Professor Stanley has had clients like BBC News, Fox News, Hilton Hotels, and many others.
Scott Thomas Scott Thomas Award winning producer and director with over 25 years of experience. He has worked on projects such as X-Men, Conan, and a Place to Hide.

What It’ll Cost

We know that the price of college can be a huge concern when applying; it’s no small investment. So take a look at our pricing, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success.

Full-Time Part-Time
Tuition $20,505.00 $13,050.00
Production Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Student Activity Fee $105.00 $105.00
Average Course Fees $675.00 $450.00
Annual Tuition and Fees $21,780.00 $14,100.00