Director of Photography

Specialization in »Director of Photography«
in BA Film

The Director of Photography uses the camera to draw the eyes of the viewers and pull them emotionally into the action and atmosphere of a film. The image is the basic element of cinematic storytelling – visual style and artistic implementation are crucial aspects of filmmaking.

Students specializing in Director of Photography are trained to become storytellers and picture designers who, in collaboration with the director, production designer and editor, artistically shape the aesthetics and narrative of a film.

Students learn the basic design, craft, and organizational skills of cinematography – both in fiction and documentary film. In addition to technical skills, students also acquire narrative, creative and production skills, which they steadily test and apply throughout the program in a variety of projects in cooperation with the students of other specializations. In the process, Director of Photography students develop their own visual signature style and become self-confident creative partners for both directors and producers.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
7 semesters
Admission: every two years
New Start of Study: September 2023 (winter semester 2023/2024)
Application Phase: Summer 2022 until Spring 2023
Preselection (without presence of the applicants): April 2023
Entrance Examination (attendance required): May 2023
Language: German




The Bachelor’s program Film accepts new students every two years starting in the winter semester. Admission takes place in a two-stage procedure.

The two-stage application procedure consists of:
– An online application with specialization-specific application tasks.
– An entrance examination to take place at the ifs.
Candidates are selected on the basis of the submitted online applications and invited to the entrance examination. In this two-stage procedure, applicants must demonstrate their artistic and creative aptitude in relation to the BA Film program and their desired specialization.




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