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Film and Television Summer Institute – Cinematography

Study cinematography at one of the most prestigious film schools in the world

Explore the concepts, creativity, and techniques of cinematic lighting using the latest technology

As of 3/28/2022, Cinematography Summer Institute is closed to new applicants.

The UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute – Cinematography gives high school students an unparalleled opportunity to study cinematography at one of the most prestigious film schools in the world. This one-week intensive workshop is designed for highly motivated rising juniors and seniors, and spring 2022 high school graduates. Students are immersed in the concepts, creativity, and technique of cinematic lighting through a combination of lectures and hands-on lighting exercises. Students will explore concepts such as composition, framing, blocking, lens choice, camera movement/placement, exposure, lighting techniques/equipment, shot design, and set protocol.

  • Students work on UCLA sound stages with the latest digital cinema cameras and lighting equipment
  • The program curriculum consists of a combination of lectures and hands-on lighting exercises
  • All class exercises will be screened in a state-of-the-art theater during the certificate ceremony at the end of the workshop. Friends and family are welcome!
  • This program carries two units of UCLA college credit

This is an intensive immersion experience for beginning to intermediate filmmakers designed to form a basic understanding of the aesthetic, creative, and logistical decisions involved in lighting for film and television. Previous experience in cinematography is not required.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.


Students living in on-campus housing will be charged an additional housing fee.


Program Fee $1,960
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your Instructors

Paul Cannon

Instructor, FILM TV 75 – Lighting for Film and Television

Paul Cannon is a cinematographer and instructor of cinematography based in LA. As a cinematographer, Cannon has worked with companies such as Netflix and MTV, and his work has screened at festivals such as Sundance and SXSW. He has been nominated for a number of cinematography awards, including an ASC Heritage Award. Most recently, the web series APRICOT premiered at Slamdance 2020, and the feature film THE LONG SHADOW won Best Louisiana Feature at The New Orleans Film Festival 2019 and will be distributed on digital platforms in April 2020. Commitments to teaching, mentorship, and support of diverse voices and stories drive much of Cannon’s work. He earned his MFA from UCLA, and continues to be an engaged member of the school’s filmmaking community.