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HND Cinematography

HND Cinematography

Higher National Diploma in Cinematography (HND Cinematography) at Buea Institute of Technology

Higher National Diploma in Cinematography (HND Cinematography) is a specialized programme that focuses on the art and technical aspects of capturing moving images for various visual media, such as films, television shows, documentaries, and commercials. This programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of cinematography techniques, equipment, and industry standards.

The HND Cinematography programme at BIT typically combines theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training to equip students with the necessary skills to work as professional cinematographers. The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects related to the field, including camera operation, lighting techniques, composition, film aesthetics, storytelling, script analysis, post-production processes, and visual effects.

Students enrolled in the HND Cinematography programme can expect to gain a solid foundation in cinematographic principles and techniques. They learn about different types of cameras, lenses, and other equipment used in the industry, as well as the technical aspects of camera operation, such as exposure, focus, framing, and camera movement. Lighting plays a crucial role in cinematography, and students are taught various lighting setups, colour theory, and how to create different moods and atmospheres through lighting.

Additionally, students are trained in the art of visual storytelling and how to effectively translate a script into captivating visuals on the screen. They learn about shot composition, camera angles, blocking, and other techniques that contribute to the overall narrative and visual style of a film. Post-production processes, including editing, colour grading, and visual effects, are also covered to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the entire filmmaking process.

Throughout the programme, students may have the opportunity to work on practical projects, collaborate with other students from related disciplines, and gain hands-on experience using professional-grade equipment. This practical training allows them to develop their technical skills, artistic vision, and problem-solving abilities, while also building a portfolio of work that showcases their abilities to potential employers.

HND Cinematography Programme Outline



01GDP201C6 Introduction to Arts
02MPA203C6 African History and Cinema
03MPA205C6 Script Writing
04MPA211C6 Acting and Directing I
05GDP211C6 Graphic and Multimedia Design
06FRE101R2 Basic French Language I
07ENG101R2 Basic English Language I
08DIL101R4 Digital Literacy
Total Credits:38


01MPA208C6Semiotics and Criticism of Film
02MPA210C6History and Theories of Film
03MPA212C6Film Production I
04MPA214C6Film for Development
05MPA216C6Cinema and New Media
06CVE102R4 Civics, Ethics and Law
07IPL102R4 Integration and Professional Life
Total Credits: 38


01MPA305C6Sound Recording and Editing
02MPA307C6Video Editing
03MPA309C6Film Production II
04MPA311C6Acting and Directing II
05MPA313C6 Web Animation – Adobe Animate
06MPA315C6 Film Business and Management
Total Credits: 36


01MPA310C6Masterpiece of Film
02MPA312C6Special Effects – Adobe After Effects
03MPA314C6Graphic Animation (2D, 3D, 4D)
05MEC390C12 Academic Project II                 
Total Credits: 36
General Credits to be Obtained: 148

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Entry Requirements

GCE Advanced Levels, Baccalereat or higher

Duration of the HND Software Engineering Programme

2 years


Registration – 10,000frs
Tuition Year 1 – 350,000frs
Tuition Year 2 – 350,000frs

Career/Job Opportunities for HND Cinematography Graduates

  1. Cinematographer/Director of Photography (DP): Graduates can work as cinematographers or DPs, responsible for capturing the visual elements of a film or video production. They collaborate with directors to create the desired look and feel of the project, make creative decisions regarding lighting, camera angles, and composition, and oversee the camera and lighting crew.
  2. Camera Operator: Camera operators are responsible for operating the camera during filming. They work closely with the cinematographer or DP to execute the planned shots, ensure proper camera movement, focus, and framing. Camera operators are skilled in using various camera equipment and may specialize in specific camera systems.
  3. Assistant Camera (AC): HND Cinematography Graduates can start their careers as assistant camera operators. ACs support the camera department by setting up and maintaining camera equipment, loading film or managing digital media, pulling focus, marking shots, and assisting with various technical aspects of camera operation. This role provides valuable on-set experience and opportunities for growth.
  4. Film/Television Production Assistant: Starting as a production assistant (PA) allows graduates to gain general industry experience in film or television production. PAs perform various tasks on set, such as assisting with equipment setup, managing logistics, coordinating schedules, and providing support to the production team. This role provides exposure to various departments and networking opportunities.
  5. Lighting Technician/Gaffer: Graduates can specialize in the lighting department as lighting technicians or gaffers. They assist with setting up lighting equipment, executing lighting plans, manipulating light sources to create desired effects, and ensuring proper lighting levels for the camera. Lighting technicians work closely with the DP and grip department.
  6. Post-Production: HND Cinematography graduates may also explore opportunities in post-production. They can work as film/video editors, colourists, or visual effects (VFX) artists. These roles involve editing and enhancing footage, colour grading, and incorporating visual effects to achieve the desired aesthetic and storytelling goals.
  7. Freelance Work: Many HND Cinematography graduates choose to work as freelancers, taking on projects independently or collaborating with production companies on a contract basis. This allows for flexibility and the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, such as short films, music videos, commercials, or documentaries.

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