Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: COM123
Module Title: Introduction to Camera and Lighting
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: School of Film and TV Arts
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module is designed to provide students with the technical skills required to operate
camera and lighting equipment to enable them to produce work of excellent technical quality and to establish safe working practices.
Learning outcomes 
A Operate at a basic and safe level when setting up and using camera and lighting equipment

B Demonstrate the potential to work both autonomously and collaboratively in a practical project environment.
Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into three components (Lectures, technical screenings and practical workshops).

Lectures will focus on camera and lighting terminology and technique.

Technical screenings will allow technical discussion about cinematography and practitioners.

An intensive series of practical workshops will equip the students with the technical skills and understanding of the relationship between the camera and forms of natural and artificial lighting. The workshops will also instruct the students with safe systems of work, basic electrical safety and practical troubleshooting during equipment use.

Students work in independent small groups to each produce a short silent film incorporating natural and artificial lighting. The project parameters will be outlined in a project brief.

The syllabus will typically consist of the following:

Practical film grammar

Shot sizes


Design principles: composition, framing

Cameras and lenses


Lighting: natural v artificial

Lighting equipment and techniques

Screenings – techniques of great DoPs
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13  12    39    11  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Practical Test 50.00
2 Short Project 50.00

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