Digital lighting

What is lighting?

The lighting artist is responsible for illuminating all CG assets, characters, and/or environments for live action visual effects and or animated projects. Tasks can range between the more technical matching of light from filmed backgrounds through to the more creative mood enhancing styles of animated content. They use light to enhance the depth, tone, atmosphere and mood of a given scene. A lighting artist works to the vision of the director and create different styles of lighting to convey extraordinary effects. 

Our 5-Month Online Program

We offer a 5-Month Digital Lighting Artist Certificate program that prepares future artists for the trade of Digital Lighting for animation, television and feature film quality visual effects production.


These are the core concepts that will be covered in our Lighting Program using Foundry’s Katana Software. Our curriculum evolves and adapts to fit Industry needs.


Here we will learn how to use Katana with efficiency and all the workflow and tools needed to build a good lighting shot.

Lighting and Colour Theory

To fully grasp the influence of colour, tone, and composition of lighting, we will cover the theoretical aspects of lighting and colour.


A big part of lighting is to render the image photo-realistically. To do this properly, a lighter must understand setting, denoise, and the concept of rendering as a whole. We will learn here how to tweak the render setting to make the technical side of the image great.

Arnold Essentials

You will learn all the main settings to produce phenomenal lighting that captures the creative and technical aspects of light in CG space using Arnold Render.

Lighting Process

In this area, you will learn lighting in both fully animated movies and live action movies. Animation movies and live action movies have two different lighting pipelines. Due to this difference, you will learn and practice both to be adaptable for any feature film situation.

Compositing for Lighters

Although this is a lighting course, light and compositing come hand in hand in the visual effects production pipeline. This is because both are at the end of the production line. In animated movies, lighters need to do their own compositing. You will learn everything a lighter needs to know to do the compositing of a shot.

François Gendron

Lighting Artist instructor


Starting out with modeling and texturing for video games, Francois got the opportunity to explore more cinematic pursuits and jumped at the chance, finding a passion for lighting. Since then, Francois has worked at studios such as L'Atelier Animation and on blockbuster movies like Avatar, The Hobbit and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.


Throughout his career, Francois has traveled the world following contracts and, as a result, has dipped his toe in almost everything, from modeling to compositing. Now, he has added another string to his bow and become a teacher at Campus VFX, creating the first lighting program to teach Katana.

Industry involvment

Francois alternates between teaching and working as a lighter, staying connected to the industry’s latest innovations to keep his lighting course as close to the industry-standard as possible.


We believe that progress toward our mission can be measured by the profound impact our graduates have on the visual effects industry. Our alumni continue to engage and shape the world of entertainment. Through our project-based learning and the unique curriculum of each of our veteran instructors, our alumni have proven time and time again that Lost Boys produce extraordinary artists ready to start on the ground floor.

Admission Info

Academic Start Date

Spring and Fall – See application form for further details.

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The following criteria provides a general idea of what we look for in the personal letter and portfolio that you must submit in the application process. It is important to note that the quality of these items are considered together with the general requirements needed to apply to Campus VFX. 

Personal Letter

In your personal letter, we want to know about you as a person and your feelings towards visual effects, movies, film-making, art, design, or technology. Also, illustrate to us your ability to work independently. What do you plan to accomplish by being part of Campus VFX?

In your portfolio, include 8-10 pieces of your best work in any visual medium that demonstrates your artistic proficiency. Caption each piece of work and tell us about your process, how you came about this work, and why it is significant. 

Tuition Costs

Our Lighting Program produces specialized artists who utilize the very powerful Katana software. This course will prepare you for all that is required by a lighting artist in the visual effects industry. With the constantly evolving industry and our programs adaptability to it, our program is the right step for those who are looking for a highly-specialized course prepared to get you into the industry. 

Tuition Costs

(Lighting program)

$9,945.34 CAD

(Taxes included in price)

Interested in the program? Check out the admission process!

Ready to take the next step toward your career?