Introduction to Digital Cinematography

online short course

R8 500.00 R7 220.00


8 weeks


In this day and age, people are often carrying around devices capable of capturing incredible video footage at any time. This course provides a theoretical framework around the basics of filmmaking, and then delves deep into video cameras, mobile phones and DSLRs to unlock their full filmmaking potential.


Welcome to our Introduction to Digital Cinematography Online Short Course!

In this course, you will learn about the film-making process, and how to control your camera to capture video footage that is well exposed, sharply focused, with dynamic colour and beautiful composition. Once the footage has been captured, we will then delve into the editing process and piece together a complete video.

Subject Expert

Gareth H. Graham is a cinematographer and editor who has been working in the film industry in Cape Town since 2005. His films have been well received in film festivals both nationally and internationally. In addition to his work with Renegade Pictures as creators of documentary films and corporate videos, he has also lectured at CPUT, CityVarsity, UCT, SAE and the Cape Town School of Photography. He has also filmed footage for well-regarded TV shows such as Top Billing and worked as an online editor on various inserts for Carte Blanche.

Tutor Support

With the freedom that online education brings, CityVarsity Online students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our minds.

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

In order to get the full benefit from this course, you require the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Stable internet connection
  • Firefox/Microsoft Edge/Chrome web browser (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat, or similar PDF viewer
  • Microsoft Word/Pages (ability to export documents as PDF files)
  • Email/Cell phone for notifications and communication
  • Cell phone (with video)
  • DSLR camera
  • USB cable to link digital device to computer
  • Video program on your computer (i.e. VLC)

How You Will Learn

  • Online Learning Studio
  • Module Notes
  • Videos
  • External URLs
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Feedback
  • Forum Discussions
  • Academic Support

This course is presented through an interactive learning platform – our Online Learning Studio. You are encouraged to refer to external URLs for a broader understanding and complete the quizzes in order to test your own grasp of each module. Feedback on your assignments will deepen your learning experience, and your participation in the discussion forum with your fellow students brings the classroom into your space.


Upon successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a CityVarsity Online certificate.

module outline

  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    Three Stages of Production
  • MODULE 2
    Properties and Parameters of Digital Video
  • MODULE 3
    Controlling your DSLR or Cellphone
  • MODULE 4
    Exposure and Depth of Field
  • MODULE 5
    Colour, Composition and Camera Movement
  • MODULE 6
    Basic Editing in Adobe Premiere
  • MODULE 7

Payment options available to you

Credit Card
Payment Plan
EFT/Direct Deposit


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