Film

The world of film production is at your fingertips and the industry demands talented and skilled professionals. Learn Film Production with SAE.

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BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production

Overview

* Exclusive offer for students applying for our January 2018 intake

Students accepted on our January 2018 intake will receive a free 1 year Vimeo Pro account subscription.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

With an emphasis on hands-on training, you will have access to high specification digital cameras and film production equipment. Across multiple platforms, you’ll learn the processes and techniques that bring your projects to life cemented with strong theoretical foundations.

As well as technical skills, you’ll learn techniques to emotionally engage your audience and draw them into your work. You’ll also gain experience of working both independently and collaboratively on factual and fictional productions, enabling you to graduate with a highly transferrable skill set.

All of your progress is carefully guided and expanded by individual tutorial support, ensuring that you create work that can be showcased in your all-important portfolio.
 

OUR FACILITIES

Essential to your experience and skills training is the quality and range of facilities offered at SAE, combined with the hands-on access and one-to-one support.

Our campuses are equipped with high-end digital cameras, Steadicams, dolly systems and green screens to hone your skills. We also have computer labs loaded with the latest digital applications for post production editing.

Visit our facilities page to learn more about the equipment available at each of our campuses.
 

YOUR FUTURE IN FILM 

The UK film industry is thriving, and is built on the human desire to experience stories. From fantasy to documentaries, there are many stories to be told and the industry is on a constant search for talented individuals with their own style and voice to tell them. Many of our graduates work on short films and adverts before moving into feature production.

Dougie Mackie is one such filmmaker, who worked as a camera operator for ITV, before directing his own feature length documentary, Miss Saigon: The Heat is Back On. 


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DURATION 2 years full-time


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STARTS DATES*

  • 15 January 2018 *Glasgow and London only
  • 7 May 2018 *London, Oxford and Glasgow only 
  • 3 September 2018

In partnership with Middlesex University   QAA Reviewed   Steadicam Approved Training

 
Modules

Filmmaking Fundamentals 1

This module is designed to introduce you to contemporary filmmaking and the traditional art of the craft. Throughout the unit you will explore the complex pre-production process and gain the technical and conceptual skills needed for digital production and post-production. You will also be required to research films from different historical periods and cultures, and create your own short based on a specific movement or style. Technical work will instil creative thinking and you will study the practice of storytelling from a variety of perspectives, learning that collaboration is key to creative filmmaking. 

Indicative List of Topics

  • Film Studies
    • Crew Roles and Responsibilities
    • Film History (Styles and Movements)
    • Reading Films
    • Visual Grammar
  • Script Writing
    • Reading Screenplays
    • Story Development
    • Story Structure
  • Pre Production
    • Health and Safety
    • Script Breakdown
    • Shoot Planning including Shot Lists and Storyboards
  • Film Studies
    • Cinematography Theory
    • Digital Imaging
    • Edit Theory
  • Production
    • Grips Operation
    • HD Camera Operation
    • Working with Lights
    • Working in a Crew
  • Postproduction
    • Non-Linear Editing
    • Export Options and Delivery
    • Understanding the Postproduction Workflow

Projects

  • Short Film Productions

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Explain the key considerations for planning a successful and safe production
  • Identify theories affecting the practice of film production and postproduction
  • Recognise the roles and responsibilities of key crewmembers
  • Reflect upon professional practice to initiate continued personal and professional development
  • Analyse historical and contemporary creative work, to inform decisionmaking processes on project implementation and execution

Skills

  • Operate safely and competently a range of appropriate hardware, software and equipment related to film planning, production and postproduction
  • Work as part of a team, contributing to the successful creation of short film projects

Academic and Professional Practice

In this module we introduce you to proven concepts and routines of academic research, critique and writing, and nurture these skills to ensure that you apply good study practice and management throughout your studies. We aim to familiarise you with the theories of culture and communication and develop a basic understanding of the creative media industries and your potential role as a professional creative media practitioner. Together, all of these skills will help you develop transferable career skills to aid your job search upon graduation.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Learning theories and methods
  • Introduction to basic concepts and tools of project management, including group and collaborative work
  • Tools for career development
  • Defining and developing goals and outcomes
  • Concepts of, practices in, and reasons for research
  • Writing skills (articles, essays, journals, reports, proposals) and the differences between concept development and presentation format
  • Essay structure, paragraph structure, sentence structure
  • Concept of a thesis/hypothesis
  • Ownership, intellectual copyright and plagiarism
  • Referencing, APA and Harvard
  • Introduction to culture and cultural movements
  • Overview of the creative media industries

Projects

  • Cultural and Industry Analysis
  • Career Pathway
  • Industry Sector Comparison

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Summarise basics of learning theories and their application in learning, communication and teamwork
  • Explain academic practice, critical thinking and reasons for their importance
  • Identify key players in the creative media industries and discuss their interplay with wider cultural, economical, political and geographical phenomena
  • Articulate a thought-through plan for development of a career, project or concept

Skills

  • Derive tasks from goals, plan time and resources accordingly and manage working in group context
  • Present an objective argument succinctly in written form employing a standard referencing system
  • Apply the most appropriate method of learning in a given scenario and adapt learning methods when needed
  • Discuss culture and communication in different media disciplines (audio, picture, film, web)

The Art of Storytelling

Writing for the screen is a very specific creative writing skill and one that requires a thorough understanding of how visual storytelling operates. This module asks you to explore a number of established and experimental processes used in script development, to further boost your understanding of narrative and cinematic construction. Through working with the completed script document, you will learn the skills to develop your own personal development portfolio and bring your visual styles to life on the page, ready for the screen.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Film Studies
    • Short Film Theory
  • Script Writing
    • Pitching
    • Narrative Structures
    • Script and Character Development inc. Logline, Synopsis, Premise and Character Analysis
    • Writing Dialogue and Visual Action
  • Film Studies
    • Genre Theory
  • Pre Production
    • Casting and Rehearsals
    • Directing Grammar
    • Blocking and Staging
    • Pre-visualisation
  • Production
    • Directing Actors
    • Working with Crew
  • Postproduction
    • Working with the Editor

Projects

  • Short Script Production

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Conceptualise various developmental processes to plan and develop fictional narratives for screen
  • Determine the importance of visual elements pertaining to mise en scène and production design in communicating story
  • Identify the role and responsibilities of a Director from script to screen
  • Explain the breadth and depth of choices available to a filmmaker in planning and realising their visual story
  • Analyse critically screenplays to inform decisions, recognising the impact on the film’s output as experienced by an audience

Skills

  • Develop a short fiction script and support material including planning, in line with industry standard formatting
  • Pitch, at various developmental stages, a screenplay with the required support material, including logline, synopsis, premise and treatment
  • Work with actors and crew to elicit a desired performance

Filmmaking Fundamentals 2

Building upon your knowledge base so far, you will now put your imagination and skills to good use in the creation of a self-directed short film, both facilitating your script writing and developing your individual style. Through a comprehensive application of theories and techniques you will explore further the fundamental processes of filmmaking, specifically in production and post-production techniques.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Film Studies
    • Cinematography Theory
    • Visual Style
  • Pre Production
    • Production Design
    • Shot Planning
  • Production
    • Grips Operation
    • HD Cinematography
    • On Set Audio Recording
    • Production Management
  • Film Studies
    • Colour Theory
    • Compositing Theory
    • Film History (VFX)
    • Typography Theory
  • Pre Production
    • Planning Considerations for Post Production
  • Production
    • VFX Supervising
  • Post Production
    • Audio Post Production
    • Effects and Animation
  • Visual Post Production

Projects

  • Fictional Narrative Short

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Plan an appropriate selection of professional hardware and software workflows associated with film production and postproduction
  • Identify the necessary planning and production processes required to successfully execute a range of postproduction workflows
  • Differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of relevant key below-the-line crewmembers
  • Explain how technical and creative decisions made during production and postproduction can affect audience response
  • Analyse self and peer performance to identify areas of good practice and opportunities for further and continued development

Skills

  • Manage independent and group projects to ensure quality and timeliness of work in relation to a set brief
  • Operate competently a range of professional production and postproduction hardware and software equipment to produce a fictional film
  • Employ the necessary techniques and procedures to realise the production to its completion according to its requirements

Non-Fiction Filmmaking

Producing non-fictional works requires a critical understanding of the complex historic and contemporary societal, economic and political influences affecting the genre to fully appreciate the power of the medium. You will learn the importance of employing sound ethical working practices to strike a power balance between the contributor, filmmaker and audience, in order to plan and produce your own, short non-fiction film.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Film Studies
    • Ethical Considerations
    • Film History (Non-Fiction Film styles, techniques & technologies)
    • Film Theory
    • Modes and Themes
  • Pre Production
    • Non-Fiction Story Structure
    • Researching and Developing the Treatment
    • Non-Fiction Film Planning
  • Production
    • Broadcast Production
    • Interview Techniques
    • Live Reportage and Documentary Production Techniques
  • Postproduction
    • A/V Editing Techniques
    • Representing Reality
    • Working with Archives

Projects

  • Non-fiction Film Short

Learning Outcomes

The module is divided into two units as follows (indicative list of key subjects):

Knowledge

  • Evaluate the technical, ethical and philosophical challenges facing non-fiction filmmakers, to demonstrate conscientious and thoughtful reproduction of reality
  • Assess effective methods for researching, developing, planning and producing non-fiction films
  • Choose appropriate techniques and equipment for the production and post-production of a non-fiction film
  • Reflect upon professional practice to advance continued personal and professional development

Skills

  • Develop a properly researched concept for a non-fiction film, including identifying and sourcing contacts to contribute to the creation of the final output
  • Work within a team to demonstrate a combination of organisational, technical and creative skills to plan and produce a short non-fiction film

Creative Production

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

This module aims to further your ability to engage in a reflective process in parallel, with your production practice. It seeks to provide you with the opportunity to explore focused production practice in your own, or other related disciplines and to advance their holistic production skills. Building on previous production management experience, through adhering to specific briefs in larger production situations, the module aims to develop your aesthetic judgement to give you a focussed opportunity to develop advanced production skills in a specific field, on a larger scale.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Practical Production Planning
  • Production Techniques in relevant discipline
  • Specialised digital production software
  • Innovative use of built-in software features
  • Production Planning
  • Methods for evaluation
  • Reflective and Critical Analysis
  • Giving, receiving and learning from feedback
  • Cross-disciplinary production practice

Projects

  • Creative Production

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Evaluate their own production processes and creative decisions
  • Discuss media production processes in a wider theoretical context
  • Differentiate between good ideas, and good ideas that will improve a production in its entirety

Skills

  • Apply production theories to practical production techniques
  • Produce complex digital media products to a high standard
  • Experiment with production techniques based on feedback
  • Produce detailed, yet concise project evaluations

Practical Mobile App Design

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

We provide you with an overview of the mobile app industry, its history, user areas and user culture. We will provide you with an understanding of, and skills in, User Interface Design (UID) and User Experience (UX) specifically for mobile app design. By using a ‘drag and drop’ middleware to be able to, without programming skills, design and develop a viable concept for a mobile app, and produce a working version at completion.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Overview of Application (App) industry
  • Uses, users and user needs
  • User Experience (UX) and User Interface Design (UID)
  • Key Functions
  • Application Architecture
  • Design Process
  • Legal and Copyright considerations
  • Testing, Distributing and Selling Apps
  • Information architecture
  • Basic Concepts of Coding
  • Middleware for App creation
  • Use of Media
  • Use of device functions (camera, microphone, accelerometer)
  • Prototyping

Projects

  • Mobile Application Case Study
  • Mobile Application Development

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Illustrate understanding of User Experience (UX) needs, in an App context
  • Analyse user needs and behaviour when using Apps
  • Explain architecture of applications
  • Discuss the cultural impact of mobile apps, their development and use

Skills

  • Use established middleware to produce basic working apps
  • Apply knowledge of consumer needs in User Experience (UX) and User Interface Design (UID)
  • Plan and carry-out basic User Experience (UX) surveys
  • Design and manage content of mobile apps

Short Film Production

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

Each frame of your film should be done with reason and have some form of emotional effect on your audience. In this module we aim to broaden your critical and analytical skills through a study of various forms of filmmaking, to help you make informed decisions and realise their potential impact on an audience. During this process we ask you to delve deeper into your own individual style and develop your portfolio of work with these considerations in mind.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Film Studies
    • Audience and response
    • Style, form and content
  • Pre Production
    • Project Planning
  • Production
    • Production Techniques
    • Grips Operation
  • Post Production
    • Audio Visual Editing
    • Title animation and effects

Projects

  • Short Film Production

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Systematically plan the creation of a short film production
  • Analyse choices made during film production, to accurately predict the impact to audience and spectator

Skills

  • Implement effective production methods, to elicit the desired response from audience and spectator
  • Operate equipment, hardware and software used in professional film production
  • Engage effectively in independent and self directed learning activities
  • To affect continued and sustained personal and professional development

Short Promotional Film

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

Corporate and promotional films require an entirely new train of thought - you must accept a brief to engage with a specific audience and create an emotional need within them to go ahead and purchase a potential client’s products. Online content is king these days and if you show a flair for this type of filmmaking, you can be incredibly successful. This module will develop the subtle intricacies involved in preparing this type of short film, whilst all the while working towards your portfolio of work.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Film Studies
    • Commercial and Promotional Film Styles
  • Pre Production
    • Project Planning
  • Production
    • Commercial Production Techniques
    • Grips Operation
  • Post Production
    • Commercial Editing Techniques
    • Titling, Effects and Animation

Projects

  • Short Promotional Film

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Systematically plan and execute the creation a short promotional film
  • Analyse choices made during film production, to accurately predict the impact to the desires audience

Skills

  • Apply a range of production and postproduction techniques to effectively promote a brand, product or service using A/V media
  • Work to a production plan, making informed decisions to ensure effective communication between product and consumer
  • Operate equipment, hardware and software used in professional film production
  • Engage with independent and self directed learning, to effect continued and sustained personal and professional development

Digital Photography

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

Break down barriers to creative design, by understanding the full potential of the kit you are using. In this module we give you an overview of the camera and photography technically, aesthetically and culturally, as well as a detailed understanding of both the technical and aesthetic aspects of digital photography. We will expand your technical and artistic expertise in photography, digital photo manipulation and post-production, whilst also gaining a full-spectrum review of smartphone photography and the user culture associated, with it to be able to utilise all methods of film and photography.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Physics of light and colour
    • Optics
  • Camera construction and its development
    • Film vs digital
    • Sensors, ISO
    • Aperture, shutter and shutter times
    • Lenses
  • File formats
  • Industry standards (manufacturers)
  • Lighting and Flash photography
  • Other equipment
    • tripods, stands, mounts
    • fixed lighting, flash, omni-bouncers and reflectors
    • filters, monitors
    • backgrounds (white/green screen etc.)
  • Innovative use of cameras for effect
  • Smartphone photography
    • restrictions and benefits
    • utilising their strengths
  • Studio/indoor, live/outdoor
  • Make-up
  • Filming with DSLRs
  • History of photography
  • Style
  • Photography and art
  • Narrative and rhetoric in photography
  • Photo-journalism and documentary

Projects

  • Photograph Portfolio

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the student will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Examine the effect of cameras’ construction on light and image
  • Discuss technical theory of photography
  • Discuss history of photographic art and its impact on culture
  • Analyse the impact of quick access smartphone technology, on photographic and communication culture

Skills

  • Use DSLRs both in controlled indoor environments (studio) and uncontrolled outdoor situations (live), to achieve pre-defined outcomes
  • Demonstrate understanding of clients’ desired outcomes and adherence to brief
  • Apply a variety of camera handling skills to quickly solve unforeseen problems arising during a photo shoot
  • Practice image correction and manipulation in post production environment
  • Apply a variety of photographic skills to drive rhetoric and narrative in imagery

Producing and Distribution Methods

For this module you will assume the role and many varied obligations of ‘producer’, often seen as ambiguous, largely due to the variety and complexities of tasks involved throughout the entirety of a film’s production, through to distribution. However we will prepare you with the finite details required to perform the breadth of tasks whilst further developing your pre-existing skills in post-production techniques to refine your individual style. We then show you the essential process of elimination, to determine which method of either classical or contemporary distribution across creative media would be most effective for your creation.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Pre Production
    • Budgeting and Funding
    • Legal and Insurance
    • Scheduling and Planning
  • Production
    • Production Techniques
    • Production Management
  • Postproduction
    • Rights and Licensing
    • The Producer in Post
  • Film Studies
    • Film History (Distribution Methods and the Studio System)
  • Postproduction
    • RAW Workflow
    • Audio Visual Mastering
  • Marketing and Distribution
    • Broadcast
    • Distribution and Sales
    • Festivals
    • Marketing Methods
    • Press Kits

Projects

  • Post Production Assignment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Analyse various marketing methods to maximise the promotion of a creative media project
  • Identify the key legal and organisational skills and responsibilities of the producer, throughout the various stages of a film production

Skills

  • Perform a variety of complex production processes to master a film ready for distribution
  • Employ appropriate methods to distribute a range of creative media projects to wider audiences, festivals and competitions
  • Establish organised working practices to manage creative media projects to their conclusion, taking into consideration legal and ethical issues
  • Make informed decisions to determine the most effective and efficient post production methods for mastering a film

Marketing, Business Planning and Law

This module aims to impart the essential knowledge, concepts and analytical tools of business and marketing to function effectively in the industry. It will also open your eyes to key legal and ethical issues that underpin practices specifically related to the creative media industries. Upon completion of this module, you will have developed key communication skills, whilst being sensitive to the impact of how communication can shape how we, as a society, understand each other in social, cultural and economic contexts.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Business and Management Studies
  • Business Planning
  • Legal Issues and Law
  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Market Segmentation and Targeting
  • Marketing & Promotional Strategies
  • Brand Development
  • Brand Management
  • Product Development
  • Communication Models and Theories
  • Crafting the Pitch
  • Presentation Techniques

Projects

A portfolio of tasks, including business and marketing plan, draft contracts and presentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic business and marketing concepts and practices in relation to the creative media industries
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues of the creative media industries
  • Discuss the basic concepts of communication studies

Skills

  • Apply business and marketing planning concepts
  • Effectively communicate business and marketing ideas and proposals
  • Summarise the needs in a given situation and then communicate their ideas succinctly, in a fashion appropriate to that context
  • Develop the contents of a basic contract and draw conclusions as to its tenability

Research Practice and Society

Research is key to the successful outcome of any creative project and this module aims to develop within you an advanced critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their application for both artistic and scientific research. You will advance your knowledge, planning and implementation of research based inquiry to address specific questions, whilst developing an in-depth understanding of the creative media industries and your potential role as a creative media practitioner. Together we will broaden your understanding of the ongoing interplay between science and the history of ideas, culture and creative media, to give your work the depth it requires to have a profound effect in the market-place.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Research Methodologies and their application in the creative media industries
  • Artistic and Scientific research and practice
  • Theories and Paradigms of research
  • Contemporary issues surrounding research
  • Developing a research question / hypothesis
  • Gathering, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data
  • Literature review and critical analysis of existing research
  • Research Ethics
  • Creative media industries: past, present and future
  • The role of practitioners in the creative media industries
  • History of ideas, and scientific and cultural theories
  • Types of culture
  • Scientific and cultural issues, the development of ideas over time and cultural diversity
  • Decoding science and culture: communication, meaning and semiotics

Projects

  • Cultural Analysis
  • Creative Media Practitioner Analysis
  • Major Project Proposal

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Evaluate a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies used in creative media
  • Critically analyse previously researched specific contemporary issues relating to different areas of the creative media industries
  • Analyse a variety of creative industry sectors and their relation to the arts
  • Discuss continuing professional development strategies
  • Compare different and changing cultural ideas
  • Critically appraise the interplay between culture and consumers of culture

Skills

  • Apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods in academic and creative media contexts
  • Select the most appropriate research method(s) to address a particular research question
  • Develop a personal continuing professional development plan
  • Communicate their knowledge of cultural issues effectively, through comparative analysis of cultural ideas

Advanced Cinematography Techniques

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

Building on all of the effects and technical knowledge that you will have acquired so far, this module intends to broaden your critical and analytical skills of various aesthetics and techniques of cinematography, in order to realise a specific impact on an audience. In particular you will explore, in depth, the artistic and technical role of Director of Photography, the concepts of which are essential to take your portfolio of work to the next level.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Cinematography for Movies
  • Cinematography for TV Commercials
  • Aesthetic / Visual Perception
  • Planning Lighting Set-up
  • Advanced Cinematography Production Techniques
  • Communication with directing department
  • Working with artistic department
  • Advanced Digital Cinema Workflow

Projects

  • Short Film Project

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Analyse and plan specific production elements to elicit a specific mood through the use of cinematography
  • Evaluate different cinematographic styles

Skills

  • Apply appropriate techniques to create of a desired cinematographic mood
  • Operate equipment, hardware and software used in advanced cinematography
  • Communicate effectively with art director and director

Writing for the Screen

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

There are many different kinds of creative scripts and you will bring together your knowledge acquired from previous modules to explore the processes to conceptualise, plan, develop and write an array of creative scripts, for a variety of screen mediums.
Feature films, TV series, webisodes and commercials, to name a few, all have varying considerations to be taken into account and we will teach you these to enable you to bring your ideas and characters to life on paper, to produce a range of scripts.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Adaptations
  • Constructing Narratives
  • Feature Films
  • TV Series
  • Film, TV and Web – script formats
  • Writing the short form
  • Commercials and Webisodes
  • Writing Treatments

Projects

  • Scriptwriting

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Evaluate the appropriate methodologies required to plan the development of a number of creative screen projects
  • Determine the most effective medium for storytelling, based on the narrative structure and form
  • Identify all elements of a professional script

Skills

  • Develop a narrative appropriate for a selected viewing medium
  • Combine a range of developmental procedures to refine narrative, character and dialogue appropriate to the genre and medium of the script
  • Realise and evaluate a script for a selected genre

Transmedia Storyteling

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

The aim of the module is to expand your skills and knowledge of filmmaking in relation to contemporary storytelling techniques, across multimedia platforms. We will broaden your critical and analytical skills of various forms of filmmaking, to help you make informed decisions, realising their potential impact on an audience.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Transmedia Formats
  • Storytelling Structures
  • Project Design
  • Concept Development
  • Audience Engagement and Interaction
  • Gaining and retaining the viewer’s loyalty
  • Social Media Marketing Strategies
  • New Media Distribution Considerations

Projects

  • Transmedia Project Production

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Systematically plan the creation of a transmedia project
  • Evaluate various media platforms, in order to create effective audience engagement and interaction

Skills

  • Develop proactive and reactive strategies for attaining audience interaction, during the launch of a transmedia project
  • Operate equipment, hardware and software used in transmedia storytelling
  • Work effectively in cross media teams

Industry Engagement

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

Through a range of experiences that may consist of a single placement, or a series of industry engagements you will experience an enhanced understanding of workplace dynamics, facilitate active industry engagement, and be exposed to current realities and practices within your chosen field. You will work to create a portfolio of work that will facilitate an invaluable, informed transition from education to the workplace.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Critically analysing current/historical industry trends and practices (case study approach)
  • Industry Engagement Analysis
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner
  • Logbook Development
  • Building a Portfolio
  • Supervisor Consultation
  • Combination of directed and self directed industry engagement activities

Projects

  • Industry Engagement Portfolio
  • Industry Engagement Activity and Report

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Examine advanced theoretical and applied perspectives, ethical principles and other knowledge applicable to the work/practice context
  • Reflect on the engagement of other industry practitioners and their contribution to the work/practice
  • Posit a well reasoned rationale for the choice of methods of inquiry that have informed creative approaches to action planning/problem solving, contextualising the choices
  • Evaluate the process of designing and developing your industry based activity and how its outcomes have contributed to enhancing your work/practice and that of others

Skills

  • Engage and take responsibility for future professional development using the learning from the project/inquiry process
  • Demonstrate coherent and organised communication, interpersonal and networking skills, when sharing ideas and information within an industry based setting
  • Develop an effective portfolio, with a range of suitable materials that support the students career related focus

Object-Web Interaction Design and Development

This is an elective module. You are given the opportunity to choose an elective module in Trimester 3 and Trimester 5 of your degree course. Please check electives lists on each of our London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow campuses as local availability may vary.

This module aims to develop your knowledge of and skills in ubiquitous computing (UbiC), bringing the real physical world and the digital world of mobile devices together. We develop your ability to design and implement systems to enable interaction between environment based information and technology, interconnecting Smart Objects with IP. You will broaden your understanding of data transmission between servers and learn how to utilise that data to assist useful application of technology in the physical world, controlling servos/robotics automatically and remotely, and using sensors to generate events in an application.

Indicative List of Topics

  • Proximity Networking
  • Continuous Sensory Inputs
  • Embedded Operating Systems and Basic Components
  • Language Specific Coding
  • Object serialisation, flatfiles, hashes, data access speed, size tradeoffs and SQL (queries)
  • Databasing (structure)
  • Transmission Formats
  • Concepts of Ubiquitous Computing (UbiC)
  • Prototyping (Lo-fi)
  • Sensor Types and Handling
  • Micro-electronics
  • ARM boards e.g Raspberry PI, Arduino etc.
  • Hacking Electronics
  • Debugging physical systems, network fault-finding, sensor network diagnostics

Projects

  • Ubiquitous Computing Application Prototype

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Appraise systems for proximity networking
  • Design complex flows of information
  • Evaluate the interplay between hardware and software systems
  • Propose solutions for practical/physical problems with ubiquitous computing systems
  • Select the most appropriate coding platform/protocol for the solution/task at hand

Skills

  • Demonstrate innovative use of existing hardware to create useful solutions in conjunction with Apps and networks
  • Construct systems for transmission and retrieval of data between sensors and a database
  • Demonstrate ability to manipulate IP Protocol Architecture
  • Demonstrate ability to connect Smart Object Hardware with Software and databases
  • Create Transport Protocols

Major Project (BA or BSc)

Your major project is intended to demonstrate a range of advanced skills in accordance with the requirements of a substantial level six project. Through successful completion, you will also exhibit your capacity to conduct independent projects and manage a large-scale venture. Central to the module is an exploration of research methodologies and their applications or their own artistic style and its presentation to the public. You will develop a project proposal and submit this for approval. You will then manage all aspects involved in the preliminary and planning phases, through to realisation. Your major project is self-generated and may take one of many different forms, there is however an expectation that the final deliverable will be of a calibre that will help progress you into employment or postgraduate work.

BA (Hons) Route

Research methods for a BA-Project could imply interviews, surveys, audience-tests (audio, video, web etc.) or observations of user behaviour. Alternatively the student can focus on a high-quality creative portfolio, presenting their own artistic works to the public and evaluating their own style and performance.

BSc (Hons) Route

Research methods for a BSc-Project could imply calculations, measurements, simulations or observations of technical/scientific correlations.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge

  • Analyse a specialised field of interest
  • Outline creative aspects within their specialised field
  • Discuss appropriate methodologies needed to undertake reliable and valid research, or production of a creative portfolio
  • Plan the complex processes involved in the implementation of a major project

Skills

  • Successfully apply appropriate methodologies needed to undertake reliable and valid research
  • Apply academic and creative/practical skills appropriate to the level of study
  • Manage a major project independently, professionally and efficiently
  • Communicate effectively the outcomes
Entry Requirements

ENTRY 2017/18

Offers will be made to applicants who are expected to meet, or exceed the entry requirements below;

  UCAS tariff points
at A Level
(or equivalent)
Course subjects
at GCSE level
(or equivalent)

BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production

72

Mathematics 

BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business

72  

BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Making

72  

BA/BSc (Hons) Animation (Game Art or VFX specialty)

72  

BSc (Hons) Games Programming

72

Mathematics

BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development

72  

*For students studying in Scotland this is equivalent to National 5, C grade. For any further equivalency queries please contact the Admissions office.

As a creative media education provider, SAE looks for students who are excited about the creative media industries. For applications from mature students, we also consider work and life experience. In such cases, SAE Institute requires applicants to provide satisfactory evidence of their ability to successfully complete the programme. You should submit a digital portfolio and a CV.

For International equivalence of UK qualifications, you can email your query to enquiries@sae.edu. SAE Institute uses the services of NARIC to provide such advice. 

Further information can be found in our Selection and Admission Policy.

Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.

For Non EU/EEA applicants we currently accept the following qualifications for admission into our courses at degree level:

Tests for visa purposes can only be taken at approved centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government.

EU/EEA APPLICANTS

Equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by NARIC and are adopted widely within the HE sector in the UK. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who hold a qualification from another institution, or who have formally completed components of another qualification, must submit authorised evidence of those achievements at the time of application to SAE Institute. 

Please refer to Policy A06 Academic Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for details.

Fees & Funding

SAE is a private higher education provider.

All of our courses are Designated*. Designation allows students to access funding for their courses in the usual way. 

There are various forms of funding available for students wishing to study at SAE:

  • Student Tuition Fee Loan
    • This is the goverment funded student tuition fee loan. Funding towards tuition fees is available to UK/EU students, but does not cover the whole course fee
  • Alternative Financing
    • Through alternative private student financing providers

Please note that other sources of funding may be available.


Fees

Tuition Fees vary according to the campus and whether you are a UK/EU student or an international student. 

For the London, Oxford and Liverpool campuses, fees are £9,000 per year for UK/EU Students and £12,000 per year for international students. From September 2016 international student fees will rise to £13,000 per year. 

Fees at our Glasgow campus are £7,000 per year UK/EU and £10,000 international students per year. From September 2016 international student fees will rise to £11,000 per year. 

Tuition fees and payment plans for UK and EU/EAA students.*

* International students are not eligible for payment plans. First year tuition fees are payable in advance once you have accepted your offer.



2 Year Degrees

As our degrees are only 2 years, you save a considerable amount on both tuition fees and living expenses when compared to a traditional 3 year degree. So, you can study and graduate with a much lower level of student debt!

The tuition fee loan does not cover the whole course fee, it is capped. So, there is an amount that you may need to pay through your own means. We understand this is not always easy, especially when you don't have an income, which is why we have developed payment plans to spread the difference you need to pay. If you are not eligible for funding, we have payment plans for you too.

Tuition fees and payment plans for UK and EU/EAA students.*

* International students are not eligible for payment plans. First year tuition fees are payable in advance once you have accepted your offer.

*DfE (the Government Department for Education) requires Alternative Providers to undergo annual designation monitoring as a condition of continued designation. This allows students to access support from the Student Loans Company. If this designation monitoring is not successful, students would not be entitled to funding. SAE Institute has been successful in achieving and maintaining designation for all its courses to date. Any updates on our designation status will be posted on our website. If you have any questions around designation, or would like to speak to us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

Student Loans

Students studying on higher education courses may be eligible for various forms of funding including student loans and grants.

SAE Institute is a private institution, this means that student tuition fee loans may not cover the full tuition fee.

There may be some differences depending on the region you come from and the information below provides a guide towards what you could be entitled to as well as where to go to find more detailed information.
 



England

Students following Higher Education programmes (BA/BSc or DipHE) can apply for a student loan of up to £6000 per year covering part of the course fees. The Student Loans Company (SLC) Tuition Fee Loan is paid on a student’s behalf to SAE Institute. 

You may also qualify for a maintenance loan to help you with your day to day living costs.

For more information, advice, eligibility and online application, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance



Scotland

Partial funding from SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) is available as a grant to qualifying Scottish students studying in Scotland of up to £1205 per year.

Scottish students studying in England will get the same tuition fee loan as UK students of up to £6000 per year.

Students may also qualify for a maintenance loan and additional grants dependent on personal circumstances to help you with your day to day living costs.

For more information, advice, eligibility and online application, please visit: www.saas.gov.uk/index.htm
 



Northern Ireland

Tuition Fee support  is available for students who are Northern Ireland residents and studying at a wholly private Higher Education Institution in the UK.

Students may also qualify for a maintenance loan and additional grants dependent on personal circumstances to help with your day to day living costs.

See Student Finance NI for more information: www.studentfinanceni.co.uk



Wales

There is currently no funding available. For up-to-date information visit www.studentfinancewales.co.uk



EU Students

Depending on your circumstances you can apply to Student Finance England for help with tuition fees. EU students who have been resident in the UK for more than five years and can provide evidence of doing so, are also able to apply for a maintenance loan.

For further information, advice and eligibility please visit Student Finance EU: www.gov.uk/student-finance

Future Finance Student Loans

We are really pleased to let you know that we have partnered with Future Finance (as an alternative source of funding for our students*).

The benefits of Future Finance are:

  • They offer loans to all students with a UK domiciled address, (assuming they meet appropriate credit checks, and are 18 or over) irrelevant to which level of study
  • Loans are offered from £2.5 -£40K, and can include living costs as well as tuition fees
  • Loans are repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation
  • Students can apply for up to four payment breaks of 3 months each during the loan period

Representative 11.4% APR (variable).

Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

* Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website sae.financemyfuture.co.uk

Careers

Graduates from this course have many career options and have gone on to diverse employment destinations which include: 

  • Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Producer
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Script Writer
  • Filmmaker
  • Colourist
  • Production Designer
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Cinematographer

 

Industry Sectors

  • Television
  • Movie Production
  • Independent Film Production
  • TV Show Production
  • Advertising
  • Moving image Content for Web
  • Corporate Film
* This programme may not be available across all of our four UK campuses. If there is insufficient demand to ensure an excellent learning and teaching experience meaning that we are unable to offer this course at the campus of or on the date your choice, we will offer you a place at an alternative campus subject to availability. For further information on course availability, please call our Admissions team on 03330 112 315 or email enquiries@sae.edu. This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by SAE Institute, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. Students will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion of their studies. SAE Institute reserves the right to make revisions and changes to the information presented in line with continuous improvement actions, and stakeholder feedback.