Creative Media Education


Digital Film Making

Are You Ready to Shoot and Show?

  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Duration: 10 months (full-time)
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Intakes: March, June and October
  • Overview

Digital Filmmaking has revolutionized the film industry worldwide. The creative application of faster and more powerful digital video tools is allowing today's film and video producers to push the technology envelope in projects for television, film, interactive media and the Web. This coupled with the power and availability of digital cameras and computer-based editing gives anyone the means to produce their own movie, music video or documentary.

SAE Institute’s filmmaking diploma has two main objectives: first to give students a solid understanding of the theories, processes, systems and equipment used in digital film and video production, and secondly to provide in-depth practical experience using the latest equipment and techniques. This course follows the SAE concept of combining technical skills with creativity and equips students with the skills to compete in today’s demanding filmmaking industry. This course gives students the opportunity to produce short films, music videos, documentaries and advertisements, and will leave SAE Institute with a strong portfolio of work.

Career Possibilities
  • Editor
  • Gaffer
  • Key Grip
  • Assistant Director
  • Art Director
  • Director of Photography
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Camera Operator
  • Compositor
  • Production Manager
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Recordist
  • Product Sales
  • Film Studio Manager
  • Digital Media Entrepreneur

Course Contents

Filmmaking Fundamentals I:

This module aims to develop the students’ fundamental skills and knowledge in all areas of filmmaking from pre production, through production to post production. This module is an integral part in the journey to becoming a conscientious and complete filmmaker, capable of collaborating on a number of processes involved in the production of a film.

Key areas of study include: Script writing, Pre production planning, Introduction to cinematography, Digital imaging; Editing theory, Lighting, Post Production.

Information, Communication and Professional Media Practice:

This module aims to introduce the student to concepts and routines of academic research, critique and writing and develop tools for good study practice and management. It aims to introduce the student to theories of culture and communication, develop a basic understanding of the creative media industries and the students’ role as professional creative media practitioners.

Key areas of study include: Concepts of and reasons for research, Writing skills, Intellectual copyright and plagiarism, Introduction to culture and cultural movements, Overview of the creative media industries.

The Art of Storytelling:

This module aims to explore a number of established and experimental processes used in script development, and to further the student’s understanding of narrative and cinematic construction. It aims at developing key directorial skills enabling students to build upon their personal development portfolio and further develop their visual style.

Key areas of study include: Short film theory, Film analysis, TVC studies, Pitching, Narrative structures, Script and character development, Genre theory, Directing actors, Casting and rehearsals.

Filmmaking Fundamentals II :

In applying their knowledge and skills to the creation of a self-directed short film, this module aims to facilitate the development of the student’s individual style through a comprehensive application of theories and techniques pertaining to production and postproduction practices.

Key areas of study include: Cinematography, Visual style, Production design, Shot planning, Production management, On set audio recording, Colour theory, Compositing, Audio post production, Visual post production.

Non-Fiction Filmmaking :

This module aims at encouraging students to connect their current skillset with more complex working practices as they explore the different modes of non-fiction filmmaking to plan and produce a short non-fiction film.

Key areas of study include: Ethical considerations, Modes and themes, Researching and developing the treatment, Interview techniques, and Documentary production techniques.

Creative Production :

This module aims to introduce students to contemporary tools and workflows and provide students with a wide range of professional tools and techniques. This module aims to further students’ ability to engage in a reflective process in parallel with their production practice.
Indicative areas of study include: Practical production planning, Practical production planning Specialized techniques