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FITV12-202: Cinematography Style and Design September 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject examines the theories and practices of digital cinematography. Students analyse cinematic composition and lighting design across a range of genres. Students will also explore the technical aspects of camera use and operation. Each week students will be taught theoretical foundations and how to apply these to improve their own cinematographic practice. Students will undertake various assignments that develop and integrate the principles, elements and skills essential for creatively producing cinematic images.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:FITV12-202
Subject title:Cinematography and Lighting
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Practical: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Practical
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Martha Mollison (2010). Producing Videos: A Complete Guide. 3rd ed, Allen & Unwin Academic.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Operate digital cameras, tripods, lenses and filters effectively in a safe and artistic manner.
  2. Operate a clapperboard and record details of scenes on camera report sheets in accordance with accepted film industry practices.
  3. Identify a range of lighting equipment, types of lanterns and lighting accessories and their requirements in a variety of situations.
  4. Employ the principles of cinematography - focus, composition, framing, continuity, coverage, colour, balance, exposure and lighting consistency to complete a short film and workshop exercises.
  5. Light a subject and/or subjects under a variety of lighting conditions and film genres.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Demonstration of Understanding & Workshop Participation 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
*Video Assignment 30 sec TVC (Individual) 50% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
*In-Class Quiz - Individual In Class Quiz 30% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Group work is a central element of this subject.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to subject

Basics of setting up a tripod & the video camera, finding all the important buttons and switches and what they do

Relationship Between Camera and Subject

Practice controlling exposure, colour balance, zoom and focus

The Essentials of Cinematic Lighting

Basic 3 point Lighting and other lighting setups

Cinematic Composition

Exterior Day Lighting and Making the Most of the Sun

Analysing Techniques for Manipulating Light

More Outside Lighting

Realities of on Set Production Requirements

Operate Clapperboards

Review Student Work for Assignment 1 & TVC Concept / Treatment

Lighting with Old Masters

Administrative Duties of the Camera Department

Lighting Food & Drink

Working on the Film Set

Lighting for Drama

Work Experience on a Film Set

Coverage of Scenes from Film & TV exercise

Review Student Work for Assignment 2 / Revision for Quiz

Coverage of Scenes from Film & TV Exercise

In Class Test

Introduction to the Sony PXW-FS7 Cameras

Approved on: Mar 4, 2019. Edition: 2.3