Film

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Digital Film Production Diploma

Overview

This course 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 and 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 12 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 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 professional 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 a week. 


DURATION:

  • 1 YEAR FULL-TIME
  • 2 YEARS PART-TIME

LOCATION:

  • AMSTERDAM 

START DATES:

  • 30 JANUARY
  • 29 MAY
  • 19 SEPTEMBER

  

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.

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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
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 Advisors: edoardo.advisor@sae.edu

Careers

Career Options

  • Video director
  • Camera Operator
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Documentary Film Maker
  • Film Maker
  • Colorist
  • Camera Assistant
  • Grip Operator
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Lighting
  • Director of Photography
  • Set Supervisor
  • TV Producer
  • Content Producer
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Entrepreneur

Industry Sectors

  • Television
  • Movie Production
  • Post-production
  • Independent Film Production
  • TV Show Production
  • Scriptwriting
  • Advertising
  • Moving image Content for Web
  • Corporate Film
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