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Bachelor’s degree in Cinematography
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Bachelor’s degree in Cinematography

Study Plan
Bachelor's degree in Cinematography

Film Film Film Film
  • ECTS – European Credit Transfer System
  • OB – Obligatorio
  • FB – Formación básica
  • FBC – Formación Básica Común
  • FBR – Formación básica de rama
  • PE – Prácticas Externas
  • RAC – Reconocimiento de Créditos
  • TFG – Trabajo Fin de Grado

Year 1

History of film I

Evolution of the currents and trends of cinema from around the world, from its origins to the mid-20th-century. The narrative elements of the language of film in the silent film era, experimentation and transformation of technology in the first decades, industrialization of the sector, and the international expansion of style, as expressed in film manifestos and auteur cinema of the 1950s.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBC

Film aesthetics

Introduction to the aesthetics of the image, as related to the currents that have shaped the art of cinema, from a holistic perspective. Crossovers with other arts disciplines and cultural studies, from the first avant-gardes to the construction of contemporary imagery and postmodernism.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBR

Editing I: theory and technology

Introduction to the first theories and manifestos on film editing and montage as an expressive element in the composition of a film story, with an emphasis on the construction of film time and space. Practice editing through the knowledge and application of technological tools.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBC

The film screenplay

Introduction to the fundamentals of the screenplay, by looking through the process of screenwriting for film from an analytical and theoretical perspective, and with a view to its practical application.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Professional ethics and equality

This course is designed as a laboratory of collective creation and production, culminating in the staging of an interdisciplinary group creation with an accompanying report.
The course works on the awareness of the expressive tools of each artistic discipline, and the ability to create and dialogue between disciplines. Students manage their own creative project through to its completion, with teamwork, leadership and by relinquishing individual vision in favor of the result of the project, search for an individual and collective language, ethical values, shared responsibilities, creative freedom, thought, self-criticism and critical thought.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBC

Audiovisual narrative

The grammar of the film language, from its basic unit (the shot) to the structuring and composition of the director’s point of view, providing the tools for the organization of space and time, writing on the screen, the handling of the temporality of the frame, the construction of a coherent mise-en-scène and the control of the tone of the acting.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBR

Sound and music expression

Direct sound recording processes, techniques and technologies for audiovisual productions and musical concepts related to film narrative.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Fundamentals of photography

The photography and camera department. Essential principles of photography. Framing in visual representation. The camera. Characteristics of visual perception. Video signal. Recording. Digital video. Optics and the creation of the image. Composition. Basic principles of exposure. Fundamentals of light and color. Introduction to light sources. Basic lighting setups.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBR

Audiovisual production

Description of the structure of film/audiovisual production, based on budget viability and the broad organization of the project’s human and technical resources, through the use of production documents.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OB

Projects I. Filming fiction

Preparation, principal photography and postproduction of a short audiovisual piece, working in the different roles of the Production, Screenplay, Directing, Photography and Camera, Sound, Editing and Postproduction departments. Teamwork.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OB

Year 2

History of film II

International growth and consolidation of cinema as both art and entertainment with the codification of genres, growth of realism and end of the Golden Age of Hollywood; arrival of modernity and symbolism, new stylistic currents, changes in production, technological breakthroughs, impact and influence of television on fiction, and the generational shift in North America. Digitalization and democratization of cinema.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBR

Expanded cinema

This course proposes a dialogue between film and other art forms to go deeper into new poetics and contemporary forms of creation that combine screen and stage, the performative and the experimental.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBR

Modern language

Development of competencies in a modern language that are helpful in studying other disciplines and favor communication.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBC

Film creation and mise-en-scène

Conceptualizing filmwork from a director’s perspective, with the tools to create a coherent style and mise-en-scène, the syntax proper to a variety of film genres and non-fiction narrative forms, and the ability to direct actors within the tone of the film.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: FBR

The film image: technique and aesthetics

Relationship between the department of photography and camera and other departments in work processes. Technical hands-on. Planning. Health safety and risk prevention on film shoots. Style and narrative. Spanish directors of photography and camera operators. Basic concepts of electricity applied to lighting equipment. Lighting tools. Natural light. Basic lighting set-ups. The photogenic image. Exposure. Basic light effects.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Art direction

Introduction to Art Direction in film, to understand the work of the art department from an aesthetic and technical perspective.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OB

Workshop: screenwriting for film and fiction series

In-depth approach to the elements of a screenplay from a primarily practical methodology. Students will learn the technique of screenwriting from beginning to end, i.e. from the generation of an original idea through to the final version.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Production and the market

The main objective of the course is to provide students with a broad knowledge of the audiovisual market and the necessary skills to move successfully in a number of scenarios of their choice.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Editing II: theory and technology

In-depth approach to the narrative, aesthetic and semiotic aspects of film editing, from the rules of classical continuity and the principles of intellectual montage, to the deconstruction and new formulations of postmodern film. Practice editing and introduction to digital composition through the knowledge and application of technological tools.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Sound technology

Introduction to the technological tools and concepts applied to sound postproduction of audiovisual works.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OB

Projects II. Filming fiction

Preparation, principal photography and postproduction of a short audiovisual piece, using the codes of cinematic styles and/or designing a mise-en-scène and shot composition that are coherent with the narrative, to achieve a stylized yet believable plece. To that end, the students will work in the different roles of the Production, Screenplay, Directing, Photography and Camera, Sound, Editing and Postproduction departments. Teamwork.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Year 3

General courses

Film analysis

Decomposition and deconstruction of cinema and its constituent elements through a selective and/or scientific approach, respecting the precept of “description”; followed by the study of the relationships that emerge between those isolated elements, comparing them to relevant sources and texts. Lastly, the reconstruction of a work through “interpretation”, extracting a total or partial meaning from it.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Projects III. Filming fiction and non-fiction

Proposal, development and creation of a non-fiction and authorial audiovisual piece in accordance with the specific codes of its format and argued in an accompanying research report. Preparation, principal photography and postproduction of a short fiction piece, demonstrating the specific competencies of each department and profession, contributing to the creation of a mise-en-scène and syntax that are coherent with the narrative, to achieve a piece that is stylized but believable. To that end, students will work in the different roles of the Production, Scriptwriting, Directing, Photography and Camera, Sound, Art Direction, Editing and Postproduction departments.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OB

Entrepreneurship and professional development

The workings of the audiovisual industry. The filmmaker as entrepreneur. Marketing in the audiovisual sector. Techniques of entrepreneurship. Business initiative. The strategic plan and definition of business opportunities. Methodology for creating a business plan.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

Screenwriting and directing itinerary

Screenplay development

This course teaches students to write a treatment of a full-length film or television pilot in accordance with the creative, narrative and structural processes of a dramatic audiovisual work.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OP

Contemporary dramaturgy

Identification, analysis and creation of dramaturgical processes in different contemporary forms and artistic stories from an interdisciplinary perspective, with staging as a starting point.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Film directing

Development of the functions specific to film directing, in particular point of view, conceptualization of the ethical and artistic discourse of the work, construction of the audiovisual praxis, style and mise-en-scène, and leadership in all phases of production.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OP

Directing actors

Major acting tools and methods, and techniques and work processes in preproduction and filming.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Creative documentary

Immersion in non-fiction film, in particular the narratives of creative documentary in its different forms: essay, observational, experimental and self-reflexive.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

The directing department

Comprehensive understanding of the preproduction and filming processes, organization and leadership of all its processes, the paperwork that establishes the workflow and communication between departments, and the execution of the director’s vision with particular attention to logistics, optimization of resources, sustainability and health on set.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

The narrative of editing

A critical look at filmmakers who simultaneously developed editing practice and theory, fostering in students a capacity for this type of self-feedback.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Production and production design itinerary

Production design

Understanding of production design as a set of interrelated disciplines that facilitate the establishment of a diegesis through the construction of physical settings and the creation of filmic atmospheres in support of the narrative.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Film production

Translation of a screenplay into financial, functional and organizational terms for a film or audiovisual production led by the transversal figure of Production Director, who determines how the project will be executed, using minimal and indispensable resources and optimizing time and budget.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Distribution and marketing

Overview of the different phases in the distribution of an audiovisual work, learning how to develop strategies for sales, marketing, communications, promotion and exhibition.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Production technology

Across-the-board control of the phases of film production, through the drafting of scheduling paperwork, breakdowns, production plans, and optimization of resources allocated to the budget and handling of the financial aspects of the project.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Television formats

Immersion into different television formats and programs, from the perspective of production and design.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Stage production

Management of material, logistical and human resources in a stage production, finding a balance between artistic and administrative aspects and the specific tools that are all involved in a live stage production.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Audiovisual media law

Audiovisual production from a legal perspective, with an emphasis on the acquisition of competencies related to audiovisual media law, from the moment of creation of a work to its dissemination in the market.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Audiovisual media business

This course introduces students to the procedures involved in creating a business in the audiovisual sector, and how to structure and operate them, through different business models.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Image and sound postproduction itinerary

Color theory and technology

Analysis of the function of color in moving images, its psychology and emotional, aesthetic and conceptual use in an audiovisual work.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Composition and VFX

Creative immersion into Composition/VFX for film, through a knowledge of applied technology, tools, plug-ins and work processes.

  • Credits: 7,5
  • Character: OP

Aesthetics of sound

Conceptual approach to the aesthetic and narrative values of sound in the conception of an artistic and/or cinematic work.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Sound design

Sound design for audiovisual projects, engaging the technical knowledge of the creative possibilities of sound editing and mixing tools.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OP

Acoustics and direct sound

Introduction to the fundamentals of acoustics and electronics in relation to the generation and spread of sound, knowledge that is essential to the capture, register, treatment and reproduction of sound. Analysis of the range of audio systems and techniques. Advanced sound capture techniques that provide optimum results, allowing the postproduction department to give the work a professional finish.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Audiovisual media editing

Theory and practice of editing, with a focus on the use of editing software and application of technical, artistic and narrative knowledge to editing audiovisual works in different formats and genres, recreating the premises and conditions of professional environments.

  • Credits: 7,5
  • Character: OB

Postproduction processes

Assistant editing processes and protocols, with a more in-depth study of the tools of the major editing software programs and procedures to coordinate workflows in postproduction.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Direction of photography and camera itinerary

Direction of photography I

Specialized knowledge of the concepts and instruments of cinematography: sensitometry, photometry, photocolorimetry, use of light engineering instruments, lighting setups, etc.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OP

Camera I

Main professions, procedures and protocols of the camera department: professional digital cameras, gripwork, film lenses, camera operator, camera assistant.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OP

Light engineering and grip

The workings of a lighting and grip department, through the applied knowledge of electricity, light sources and grip equipment.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Television formats aesthetics and technology

The keys to working in fiction and non-fiction television photography and lighting, understanding the characteristics and requirements of each format.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

DIT (Digital Imaging Technician)

Analysis and practice of the job of Digital Image Technician: digital cameras, lenses and cameras in HDTV, digital film, DIT station.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Color grading introduction

The symbolic, narrative and emotional function of color in moving images, and introduction to photography after filming.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Year 4

General courses

Current trends in film and series

In-depth analysis of the new audiovisual languages of the 21st century, with particular attention to Nordic, East-European, Asian, Latin American and Spanish film.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OB

Academic recognition of credits

Attendance to artistic, cultural, student and cooperation events of the school, and artistic entrepreneurship.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OB

External internship

The purpose of business internships, as specified in RD 592/2014, is to obtain practical experience that helps towards insertion in the labor market and raises the future employability of students, contributing to their full education and training, and providing them with knowledge of the work methodologies in the field of cinematography and improving the development of technical, methodological, personal and participatory methodologies.
In this context, students will work at companies linked to the audiovisual industry, where they will experience how they work, taking on various tasks and responsibilities.
The internships will be assigned according to students’ interests, suitability and availability.

  • Credits: 21
  • Character: OB

Undergraduate thesis project

In the undergraduate thesis project, students produce an individual, original, and autonomous work under the guidance of a professor, in which they apply and development the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their Degree.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OB

Screenwriting and direction itinerary

Film criticism

An understanding and interpretation of film in all its dimensions (social, commercial, artistic, narrative, aesthetic…) and the ability to objectively assess audiovisual works.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Series creation and development

Television fiction series design, in accordance with contemporary creative parameters, to develop a sales dossier and screenplay for a pilot episode.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Auteur film directing

This course will focus on new conceptual tools in the development of a director’s artistic persona, and sensitization towards new trends in independent and auteur film.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Advertising film directing

Concepts, techniques and processes of advertising film from the perspective of the director/producer.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Film score

Nature, characteristics and expressive functions of music for its use in film narratives as an element to communicate emotion and tone; the creative tools of the composer.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Production and production design itinerary

Executive production

Presentation of cinema as a cultural asset within the framework of the entertainment industry and understanding of production within that process and through the figure of the Executive Producer, his/her work in search of capital and financial resources, through traditional and alternative channels of financing.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Film and cultural management

Introduction to cultural management. In-depth look into cultural sectors. Types of audience. Film festivals. Cinema, museums and art centers. Film and tourism. Transmedia projects. Cultural communication. Budget and sources of financing. Public administration and management.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Postproduction coordination

Understanding the unifying nature of image, sound, music and visual effects through postproduction, and the sense of the full project in the final phase of production, in pursuit of a balance between creativity and respecting the established budget and schedule.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Series creation and production

Production processes for television series, from the creation and sale of the project through to its premiere on platforms or other windows of exploitation.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Image and sound postproduction itinerary

Composition and VFX for advertising

Software: the work environment, processes and tools. VFX conceptualization and design for advertising. Provision of technical advice during filming. 3D composition and creation of backgrounds.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

3D Animation

Animation software work environment. Creation of objects. Mograph and effectors. Materials, lights and cameras. Rendering. Modeling a character. UV Layout and bodypaint. Sculpting. Introduction to character rigging and to the principles of animation. Camera projection and matte painting. Motion tracking. Creation and movement of hair, fabrics and particles.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Film editing

In-depth study of the languages and forms of fiction and non-fiction cinema, contemporary trends in audiovisual media and the various serial narrative structures from the perspective of editing.

  • Credits: 9
  • Character: OP

Music production

The phases of music production. The studio recording session. Types of microphones used specifically for each instrument. Individual and ensemble instrumental recording. Recording voices. General concepts of music composition and arrangements. MIDI systems and sequencers.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OP

Direction of photography and camera itinerary

Direction of photography II

In-depth study of the concepts of cinematography and development of artistic and leadership capacities.

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Camera II

Exposure in digital film. Advanced digital camera theory and practice. Advanced optics. Camera assistants. Cameramen. Composition and framing. Advanced filtering in camera. Advanced camera techniques

  • Credits: 6
  • Character: OP

Workshop: advertising photography

Conception of the advertisement image and its specific workflows, for both still photography and the moving image.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OB

Workshop: lighting in the virtual environment

Lighting design for virtual spaces and advanced virtual lighting setups that are applicable in a real environment.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OB

Color grading and editing

Immersion into the technical, narrative and creative processes of postproduction photography.

  • Credits: 3
  • Character: OB