icon icon

Industry Certificate: Lighting For Drama

Behind the scenes of 'Suburban Wildlife' | Dir. Imogen McCluskey | Photo: Chelsea Thistlewaite

Talk to our Admissions team

1300 131 461

Master the art of dramatic lighting

In this certificate, delivered over three intensive, practical weeks, you’ll learn essential skills for analysing and incorporating techniques to create lighting plans for a range of scenarios and tell an effective, visual story in film and television.

Explore the core elements of lighting in cinematography in support of story including the role of contrast and colour.

Extend the core techniques required for planning, lighting and exposure including how to use a light meter, waveform and false colour, the range of different hardware available and how they impact on budget and logistics.

Learn about the consistent execution of lighting to maintain style and lighting continuity including designing lighting on location taking variables of light into account.

Is the Industry Certificate: Lighting For Drama right for you?

Delivered by an ACS accredited DP with over 30 years’ experience with the support of guest speakers and industry practitioners the course will be a practical hands-on experience backed up by essential theory, discussions & demonstrations of industry standard techniques. You’ll also develop deeper collaboration skills by emulating industry best practice.

The course is designed to provide students with insight into real-world methods of capturing, transforming, recreating and creating dramatic lighting. It is intended for practitioners who already have a working knowledge of cameras and photography, it is not a camera operations course. The course will be most valuable if you want to extend their creative abilities and technical knowledge in the areas of dramatic storytelling for film and TV, including commercials.

Meet Your Tutors

Steve Arnold

Steve Arnold is an international award-winning cinematographer whose work includes Feature films, TVCs, Television , Music Videos, and short films.…

Learn More

What you will need

Existing knowledge of photography and cameras is required to get the full value of this course.  It is an intensive full-time experience over three weeks, and all assessments will take place within class time, so full attended is expected.

PLEASE NOTE: Week 1 of the course is Tuesday to Sat due to Mon 28th being a public holiday. Weeks 2 and 3 are Monday to Friday.

Payment Plan

This course is eligible for a payment plan.

25% to confirm enrolment in the course
25% due 14 days from beginning of course
25% due by the end of week 4 of the course
25% due by the end of week 8 of the course

Note: If you enrol 14 – 1 day before course commencement, 50% payment will be required to confirm enrolment.

Important information

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.