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. By choosing the Cinematography emphasis, you'll have the opportunity to share your unique vision of the world and discover new methods of expressing yourself through imagery. 

What You'll Learn:

If you choose the Cinematography emphasis, you'll be able to:

  • 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 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 in loading and unloading 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 of and proficiency with color grading 

If you're a pursuing a BFA Cinema-Television degree, you'll also be able to:

  • 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:

BFA Cinema
BFA Cinema-Television


If you're working toward a BFA in Cinema-Television with a Cinematography Emphasis, you must take all core classes plus these four (4) required courses:


You must also take two (2) courses from the BFA Cinema list of electives PLUS two (2) of the following courses:

Practice Like a Professional

If you want to be a professional you have to practice with professional grade equipment. At Columbia College Hollywood, we have it all.  From our professional soundstages to the most current industry-standard equipment, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What Our Students Have Produced

Interested in what you might create? Columbia College Hollywood students have 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

Columbia College Hollywood was started 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.

Charles Rose Charles Rose Charles Rose has worked as Director of Photography for commercials for companies such as Revlon, L’Oreal, and Coca-Cola.
Milton Santiago 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, Ben Stanley has worked with clients such as BBC News, Fox News, Hilton Hotels, and many others.

What It’ll Cost

We know earning a college degree is no small investment. Take a look at our tuition, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. We are committed to helping you get on a path to success.

Full-Time Part-Time
Annual Tuition $24,000.00 $12,000.00
Production Insurance and Student Accident Insurance $495.00 $495.00
Total Annual Tuition and Fees $24,495.00 $12,495.00