About this program

MFA Cinematography

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.

Admission requirements

To be eligible, students must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent (preferably in Fine Arts, although other fields will be considered for admission)
  2. Be at least 18 years old
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in English (minimum B2 level) to be able to follow the program
    IELTS: 5.5                     TOEFL: 72                    Linguaskill (Bulats): 60
    TOEIC: 785                   Duolingo: 95               Cambridge English Qualifications: 160

Students can also prove proficiency by submitting a certificate from their previous institution stating that their previous degree was taught entirely in English.

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Program content

Study Program

  • Producing and directing
  • Cutting
  • Directing actors
  • Managing a team
  • Writing a screenplay
  • Script doctoring
  • Optics, colorimetry, photometry, and equipment technology
  • Camera angles
  • Multi-camera fiction recording
  • Photography direction: lighting control
  • Storytelling through editing
  • Calibration
  • Preparing a subject, research, documentation
  • History of the cinema
  • Language discovery and French cultural awareness
  • Production management
  • Professional documentary project
  • Professional fiction project (synopsis, pitch, project note, mood board)


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:

  • Short 15-20 minute film
  • Documentary
  • 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

Program delivery

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.


Standard Fee: €14,500 per year

Career paths

  • Chief Editor
  • Chief Camera Operator
  • Screenwriter
  • Production Director
  • Director

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3iS International Institute of Image & Sound

3iS was founded in 1988 by film professionals to prepare students for careers in filmmaking and sound. Over the years we have expanded our expertise, opened new campuses, and seen our international partnerships blossom. The school hosts around 2,500 students annually across four campuses in...

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Why study at 3iS International Institute of Image & Sound

  • The largest audiovisual campus in Europe
  • Officially and industry-recognized training programs
  • A balance of art and technical skills
  • Hands-on experience and learning by project teaching method
  • Learn from skilled professionals
  • A powerful network

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3iS International Institute of Image & Sound

4 rue Blaise Pascal
78990 Élancourt

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