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Get the Skills to Become a Cinematographer

Cinematography professional using a camera.
Cinematographers play an essential role in film production, dictating the overall look and visual style

8-Week Cinematography Certificate Course in Ontario

This comprehensive Cinematography Certificate course is designed to provide aspiring Videographers with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the field of Cinematography and video content creating. This course combines theoretical knowledge, practical exercises, and interactive experiences to provide a hands-on, in-studio learning experience.

Complete this Certificate course fully online self-paced or choose one of our popular Hybrid methods (Online Theories with In Person Instructor led Practicals), or Virtual Hybrid (Online Theories and virtual Instructor-led Practicals)

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Expected Outcome
At the completion of this course, students will gain knowledge and practical skills in providing videography and cinematography services to prospective Clients.

Supplies and Equipment
Limited supplies and equipment are provided for in-class demonstrations. Student are required to bring a digital camera of choice or smartphone for hands-on practicals to complete this course.


Spring Promo:
Enroll in both Digital Photography and Cinematography courses and save up to 50% off the regular fees. Also enjoy opportunities to build your portfolio, such as at photoshoots, shows and events along with additional training on building editing skills. Inquire about deadlines for this promo.

Payment Option 1: Pay $2,000.00 in full for both courses to start your online reading lessons and quizzes prior to your Instructor-led practicals in any upcoming available start date.

Payment Option 2: Pay-As-You-Learn monthly plan of $450/month for 6 months for both courses. Start your online reading lessons and quizzes after your first payment and continue onto Instructor-led practicals.

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Enrollment Terms:

Choose a pricing option that suits you and start learning today. Pay in full to save or choose the monthly payment option to start learning the theory now and in person classes upon final payment. Fees include Tuition and free Virtual Seat assignment. Digital Certificate will be issued upon completion of all lessons, assessments, and upon final payment (where applicable). Non-refundable once paid. This course is not subject to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Cinematography

  • Introduction to the course and instructor
  • Overview of cinematography and its role in storytelling
  • Exploring different types of cameras and their features
  • Understanding the basics of exposure: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Hands-on activity: Practicing camera controls and basic shots
  • Introduction to film making: pre-production, production, and post-production
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the cinematographer
  • Elements of visual storytelling: composition, framing, and camera movement
  • Hands-on activity: Shooting basic scenes to practice composition and camera movement

Camera Operation and Techniques

  • Exploring camera operation techniques: focus, zoom, and exposure control
  • Introduction to camera movement techniques: pans, tilts, and tracking shots
  • Hands-on activity: Practicing camera operation and movement techniques
  • Understanding lenses and focal lengths: their impact on perspective and composition
  • Exploring different types of shots: wide shots, close-ups, and establishing shots
  • Hands-on activity: Shooting scenes using various lenses and shot types

Lighting Techniques

  • Introduction to lighting principles and techniques
  • Understanding the qualities of light: intensity, direction, and color temperature
  • Basic lighting setups: three-point lighting and natural light
  • Hands-on activity: Setting up basic lighting for different scenes
  • Advanced lighting techniques: using diffusers, reflectors, and gels
  • Creating mood and atmosphere through lighting
  • Hands-on activity: Experimenting with advanced lighting setups

Cinematic Composition and Framing

  • Principles of cinematic composition: rule of thirds, leading lines, and symmetry
  • Exploring different framing techniques: wide-angle, close-up, and over-the-shoulder
  • Hands-on activity: Practicing composition and framing techniques in various scenes
  • Understanding visual storytelling through shot sequencing and shot-reverse-shot technique
  • Exploring camera angles and their emotional impact
  • Hands-on activity: Shooting scenes using different camera angles and shot sequencing

Production Design and Art Direction

  • Introduction to production design and art direction
  • Importance of set design, props, and costumes in visual storytelling
  • Hands-on activity: Designing and setting up a scene with proper production design
  • Exploring color theory and its role in cinematography
  • Using color palettes and color grading for storytelling purposes
  • Hands-on activity: Experimenting with color grading and its impact on the mood of a scene

Sound Design and Editing Session

  • Introduction to sound design and its significance in film making
  • Techniques for recording high-quality audio on set
  • Hands-on activity: Recording and editing audio for a scene
  • Introduction to video editing software and workflow
  • Basics of editing: assembling footage, cutting, and transitions
  • Hands-on activity: Editing scenes and creating a short film

Advanced Techniques

  • Exploring advanced camera techniques: slow motion, time-lapse, and aerial shots
  • Hands-on activity: Practicing advanced camera techniques
  • Exploring special topics in cinematography and videography (e.g., documentary filmmaking, music videos, or commercial production)
  • Hands-on activity: Choosing a special topic and shooting a scene or short film in that genre


  • Introduction to visual effects and post-production techniques
  • Hands-on activity: Adding visual effects to a scene or short film

Final Projects

  • Final projects and critique
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on the final projects
  • Reflection on the progress made throughout the course
  • Discussion on future cinematography and videography goals

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