Course Overview:

On this course, you’ll study the cinematic and lighting technicalities of filmmaking, how to bring Director’s vision to life, how to master the art of visual storytelling and scene composition, how to choose a camera, style and lens that best serves the story, as well as how to work with digital formats and the latest in new technology.

You will have access to practical studio workshop spaces, the latest in high-resolution digital tech and lighting equipment, as well as professional-grade sound recording equipment, all so that you get to experience how to bring the science of cinema, and the creativity of working cinematically, to the technology available today.

Who is this course for?:

Whether you wish to make a career in cinematography or as a director, or if you want to become part of the sound, lighting, or set design crew, or even if you are looking to become an actor, then this course is invaluable in starting your career.

A minimum of a Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) from a recognized higher educational establishment is required, but a degree from a reputable university is desirable.


Jan Du Toit
Head of Cinematography & Lighting

Jan was raised on a sheep farm in the middle of South Africa. This instilled a great love for the environment, as well as a passion for exploration and learning, in him. He qualified first as a graphic designer and later as a filmmaker from the Pretoria Technikon in South Africa. The desire to create stunning images inspired him to explore the world. His work has taken him to more than 50 countries across the globe, from the natural paradise of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, to war torn Kabul, Afghanistan, whilst working as a freelance documentary cameraman for broadcasters such as National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC. He also worked on major feature films and TV series such as Long Walk to Freedom, The Dark Tower, Invictus, Maze Runner 3, Resident Evil, Black Sails, Warrior and the latest Jodie Foster film, Habeas. This has given him a unique and close-up glimpse into the modus operandi of world-class cinematographers, directors and actors. Throughout his professional career as a commercials director of photography, cameraman and photographer, he remained passionate about sharing his knowledge with young filmmakers. He taught both permanently and part time at Tshwane University of Technology, Wits University, The University of Johannesburg, Rhodes University, The Open Window Art Academy, City Varsity, Boston City Campus and AFDA – all South African tertiary institutions. Jan’s interests include natural science, history, culture, music, journalism, photography, film and art.