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FITV12-202: Cinematography and Lighting


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

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.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start14/05/2018
Cancellation 1?28/05/2018
Cancellation 2?04/06/2018
Last enrolment27/05/2018
Last withdrawal?08/06/2018
Teaching census?08/06/2018
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018