Authentic Colour in film - Course

Authentic Colour in film - Course

This course is intended for you who work in the production of moving images and feel the need to understand how colour is used as a storytelling technique. From production designers to cinematographers, directors, editors… the importance of colour in film is unquestioned. As the digital tools for colour finishing have grown both more robust and more easily available, the need to spred knowledge on colour history, theory, aesthetics, and the archival qualities of colour have grown more urgent.

Through a combination of practical exercises, theoretical readings, and critical reflections, we shall answer the following questions during the course: How do we talk about colour in film amongst film workers? With a production designer? With a colourist? With a cinematographer? What are our historical frames of reference? How have technological advances influenced the use of colour in moving images? How do we create or communicate the creation of a visual ‘look’?

The course contains both theoretical readings and report writing, as well as practical tools training combined with film clip screenings. This combiantion will lead to both the recreation of historical film looks (monotone, duotone, Technicolor…Instagram) as well as the ability to describe not only one’s own colour strategy but describe the storytelling strategies used by other students and prominent filmmakers.

This course will be led by Tom Brennan, a member of the Colorist Society International (CSI), an associate member of the Swedish Cinematographers Association, and the postproduction supervisor in the film and media department.

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    We will meet 3 times a week for a combination of lectures/demonstrations, group seminars, or tools workshops. Students will have access to the media lab and grading suites.

    Guest lecturers will provide additional perspectives from their own work and careers.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement: for studies at the first cycle except for Swedish 1, 2 and 3.

    Specific entry requirement: 60 credits in the Main Field Performing Arts and Media.

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    In addition to the entry requirements for the course, it is valuable if you have a familiarity with image processing tools and techniques and an interest in color as it relates to storytelling

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    1. A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.

    2. Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle, except Swedish 1, 2 and 3.
    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you study in the last year in upper secondary school/high school you must upload a certificate on your current studies.
    • If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/high school you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    3. Upload documentation to show that you meet the Specific Entry Requirements 60 credits in the Main field Perferming Arts and Media.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).

    4. Letter of motivation

    Write a letter with a motivation why you want to take this course and some information about yourself. Upload maximum one page (4 000 signs, including blanks).

    5. Your CV

    Here you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.


    Applying for recognition of prior learning

    If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.


    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. In a first step the selection is based on a joint assessment based on the submitted documentation. If needed, there will be interviews in a second step. 

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the courses is 78 750 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.