Film

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BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production

Overview

This degree explores the creative and technical aspects of film making within a wide variety of settings. With an emphasis on hands-on training, you will have access to our industry standard digital cameras amd film production equipment, enabling you to learn the processes and techniques to ensure that the projects you work on and the visions you imagine, can become realities for multiple platforms.

Designed to develop the next generation of filmmakers, you will gain the essential skills and knowledge working independently and collaboratively on factual and fictional productions allowing you to graduate with a high technical skill set to hit the ground running on any film set around the world.

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

Full Time

The full-time version of the course consists of 4 lessons per week. Each lesson has a duration of 2,5 hours. Total duration of the course is 24 months. 

Besides theory oriented lessons, each student has to complete a series of practical excerises and assignments as part of the course. No maximum limit is set when it comes to how much hands-on time a student can book in our industry standard studio's and practical workstations for their training.

During school hours, there is always a tutor available for advice and practical help. The school facilities are open 7 days per week.

Part Time

The part-time version of the course consists of 2 lessons per week. Each lesson has a duration of 2,5 hours. Total duration of the course is 48 months. 

Besides theory oriented lessons, each student has to complete a series of practical excerises and assignments as part of the course. No maximum limit is set when it comes to how much hands-on time a student can book in our industry standard studio's and practical workstations for their training.

During school hours, there is always a tutor available for advice and practical help. The school facilities are open 7 days per week.


DURATION:

  • 2 YEARS FULL-TIME
  • 4 YEARS PART-TIME

START DATES:

  • 30 JANUARY
  • 29 MAY
  • 19 SEPTEMBER

LOCATION:

  • AMSTERDAM

    

Modules

Filmmaking Fundamentals 1

To appreciate the fundamental differences of the individual and collaborative processes, you will experiment with all aspects of the technical and creative elements to gain a thorough theoretical understandning of your craft. From pre-production, through production and post-production these are key components that will transform you into a conscientious and complete filmmaker, capable of collaborating within all areas of the production of a film. 

Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice 

In this module, we introduce you to proven concepts and routiness of academic research, sritique 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 understandning of the creative media practitioner. Together, all of these skills will help you develop transferable career skills to aid your job search upon graduation. 

The Art of Storytelling

Writing for the screen is a very specific creative writing skill and one that requires a thorough understanding of how visuals 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 cinmeatic construction. Working with the completed script, 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.

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, facilitating your script writing and developing your individual style. Through a comprehensive application of theories and techniques you will explore further the fundmental processes of filmmaking, specifically in production and post-production techniques.

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 the produce your own, short non-fiction film. 

Elective Module 

You are given the opportunity to choose an elective from a bank of modules. Each campus can advise which of the electives may be available to you and provide further advice to assist you in selecting an option that is reflective of your specialisation interest. The detail of each module can be found on our website.

  • Creative Production
  • Short Promotional Film

Producing and Distribution Methods 

For this module you will assume the role and many varied obligations of 'producer', often seen amibiguous, largely due to the variety and complexities of tasks involved throughout the entirety of a film's production through to distribution. 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 will 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. 

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.

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 artisitic 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 understandning 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. 

Elective Module

You are given the opportunity to choose an elective from a bank of modules. Each campus can advise which of the electives may be available to you and provide further advice to assist you in selecting an option that is reflective of your specialisation interest. The detail of each module can be found on our website.

  • Industry Engagement
  • Advanced Specialised Project 
  • Advanced Cinematography Technique

 

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 forms, there is however an expectation that the final deliverable will be of a calibre that will progress you into employment or postgraduate work. 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • A valid VISA for entire duration of the selected course is required prior to enrolment (for non-EU students)
  • Applicants have achieved an intermediate education level
  • English language skills: minimum TOEFL score of 80, or, minimum IELTS score of 6,5 (or equivalent)

 

* Our courses require that our students are in possession of a laptop (Mac/PC) in order to make notes in class, complete written homework and/or do research. For questions regarding specifications please consult the Study Advisors.

Fees & Funding

As well as your talent and dedication, a career in creative media requires financial investment in your education. We understand this is not always easy, especially when you have limited income, which is why we have developed payment plans to spread the cost.

Payment Plans

Plan A: Upfront Payment - one full payment in advance
Plan B: Two payments in advance per stage (Diploma & Degree)
Plan C: Monthly instalments per stage (Diploma & Degree)

.* full Course Fees and Registration Agreement can be requested from the Study Advisor: edoardo.advisor@sae.edu

Careers

Career Options

  • Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Documentary Film Maker
  • Film Maker
  • Colourist
  • Camera Assistant
  • Grip
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Lighting
  • Director of Photography

 

Industry Sectors

  • Television
  • Movie Production
  • Independent Film Production
  • TV Show Production
  • Advertising
  • Moving image Content for Web
  • Corporate Film
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