UP.GRADE is an postgraduate programme in colour grading. Organised by the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), it offers a hands-on practical training that tackles the new challenges of modern colour grading from both a technical and an artistic perspective.
UP.GRADE is a 9-month full-time postgraduate programme, in which cinematographers, young graders with professional experience as well as young professionals from this industry segment receive intensive technical, aesthetic and film history training, in order to be able to participate as equal partners in the production processes involved in image creation.

UP.GRADE combines two poles throughout the programme: ensuring that young film talents have both the technical skills and the creative mindset needed to make powerful, innovative cinema. Future colorists must have a solid grasp of their craft and the technical tools; at the same time they must be conversant with colour, images and cinematic languages, must grasp these in narrative, content-based contexts, within the framework of cultures, traditions and semiotics.

Key target groups: 
Young cinematographers, junior colourists, VFX artists, digital image technicians, editors, still photographers, directors or applicants from closely related fields with a film school degree or relevant professional experience.
Learning outcomesAfter the course, the participants will have greater scope to work in a range of skilled positions in cinema and TV productions. The skills taught on the programme are also transferable to integration of digital imagery into theatrical productions, a growing cross-over market segment, as well as being highly relevant to digital film restoration and archiving.
Target groupPost-production professionals, Cinematographers
Requirements Applicants should have at least a few years of professional experience in cinematography, photography, digital imaging, editing or visual effects or a filmschool degree in one of these fields.
Without project
Includes travel to festivals/markets in other countries and monthly public transport ticket in Berlin.
Included for the trips outside Germany.