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BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production

Overview
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The BA/BSc in Digital Film Production is a comprehensive course that covers all aspects of filmmaking. It is designed to provide both theoretical and practical expertise, enabling students to move into the film industry: featuring film, documentary, broadcasting, advertising.

In this program, SAE Institute teaches scriptwriting, shooting techniques, blocking and staging, or even editing techniques, compositing and adding graphics. In short, all the skills needed for you to work as a technician or director and make professional quality films.
 


With an emphasis on hands-on training, you will have access to our industry standard digital cameras as well as film production equipment and you will benefit from the support and guidance of our Film Supervisors.

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.

A European degree that provides 180 ECTS credits.

By completing the BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production, you will be able to:
  • Identify and evaluate issues relating to film production in order to successfully manage and troubleshoot a project from initiation to completion
  • Operate hardware, software and other equipment employed in the creation of non-fiction and fiction film productions
  • Analyse and interpret various materials related to film production and distribution
  • Select appropriate methodologies needed to realize reliable and valid research while undertaking self-managed research and creative projects
  • Effectively manage projects related to the business of the creative industries
Why study at SAE Institute Brussels?
  • Free access to our professional studios and equipment
  • Creative hub with experienced lecturers and professionals
  • Support and guidance by our Audio Supervisors
  • Hands-on oriented to guide you through both technical and artistic aspects
  • 40 years of experience in creative media education
European University degree, Bac + 3 / SAE Diploma 
Get a Bachelor degree in 2 or 3 years. The BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production is a European university degree, equivalent to a degree in Belgium (Bac +3). The Bachelor is awarded by Middlesex University.

School and diploma not recognised by the French Community. 
ECTS credit points

ECTS stands for "European Credits Transfer System".

It relates to the amount of work required to gain the knowledge and skills taught by a course. The workload is divided between all educational activities. They include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, library research, essays, projects, 
internships and exams.

ECTS is designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries and accrue credits at home and/or abroad, particularly via the ERASMUS exchange program.

 

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EDUCATIONAL LEVEL:

  • BACHELOR
    European university degree

INTAKE: 

  • SEPTEMBER (FR & EN)

DURATION: 

  • 2 YEARS (Full Time)

LANGUAGES: 

  • FRENCH
  • ENGLISH

Modules

First year

Module FPR4100 - Filmmaking Fundamentals I  
  • Film studies (development, planning, production, postproduction)
  • Script
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Postproduction

 

Module FPR4300 - The Art of Storytelling 
  • Film studies (short film and visuals styles)
  • Script writing
  • Storyboarding
  • Location planning
  • Blocking and staging
  • Pre-visualization
  • Casting and rehearsals
Module CMN4200 - Information, Communication and Professional Media Practice
  • 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
Module FPR4400 - Filmmaking Fundamentals II 
  • Casting and rehearsals
  • Directing (directing grammar, working with crew and directing actors)
  • Operation
  • Film studies (color theory, compositing theory, film history, topography theory)
  • Planning consideration for post production
  • VFX supervising
  • Audio production
  • Effects and animation
  • Visual post production
Module FPR5100 - Non-Fiction Filmmaking 
  • Film Studies (ethical considerations, film history, film theory, modes and themes)
  • Pre-production (non-fiction story structure styles, techniques & technology, researching and developing the treatment, non-fiction planning)
  • Production (broadcast production, interview techniques, live reportages and documentary production techniques)
  • Post-production (A/V editing techniques, representing reality, working with archives)
Electives : Short Film Production or Short Promotional Film   

Module FPR5203 - Short Film Production

  • 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 / audio syncing and dubbing)
or

Module FPR5204 - Short Promotional Film

  • Film Studies (commercial film style / promotional film style / music videos)
  • Pre-Production Planning
  • Production (commercial production techniques / grips operation)
  • ​Post Production (commercial editing techniques / titling, effects and animation / audio syncing and dubbing)


Second year

Module FPR5300 - Producing and Distribution Methods 
  • Budgeting and funding
  • Legal and insurance
  • Scheduling and planning
  • Production techniques
  • Production management
  • Rights and Licensing
  • The producer in post
Module CMN5400 - Marketing, Business planning and Law
  • 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
  • Presentation techniques
  • ​Crafting the pitch
Electives : Advanced Cinematography Techniques or Writing for the Screen or Industry Engagement 

Module FPR6203 - Advanced Cinematography Techniques 

  • Cinematography for movies                           
  • Cinematography for TV Commercials            
  • Aesthetic / Visual Perception                        
  • Planning lighting setup                                  
  • Advanced Cinematography Production Techniques
  • Communication with directing department    
  • Working with artistic department 
  • Advanced Digital Cinema Workflow 

or

Module FPR6204 - Writing for the Screen

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

or

Module CMN6201 - Industry Engagement (INTERNSHIP POSSIBILITY)

  • Critically analyzing current/historical industry trends and practices (case study approach)
  • Industry engagement / analysis
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner
  • Logbook development
  • Building a portfolio
  • Supervisor consultation
  • Workplace health and society
  • ​Combination of directed and self directed industry engagement activities

 

Module CMN6100 - Research Practice and Society
  • 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
Module CMN6300 - Major project

BA

  • Potential avenues for research in the field or for presenting artistic work
  • Valuable research areas and contact to the industry
  • Research and production methodologies relevant to the major project
  • Development of project proposal and allocation of resources for the major project
  • Advanced project development and management skills
  • Combining, criticizing and defending the own work

or

BSc

  • Potential avenues for research in the field
  • Valuable research areas and contact to the industry
  • Research and production methodologies relevant to the major project
  • Development of project proposal and allocation of resources for the major project
  • Advanced project development and management skills
  • Combining, criticizing and defending the own work
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 or 17 years old with parental consent
  • Have followed and completed high school studies (BAC/CESS)
  • Students whose first language differs from the language in which the program takes place, must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of language competence B2 (learn more HERE! - tab "Language Requirements")
  • Successfully pass the admission interview (learn more HERE! - tab "Documents for Enrollment")
  • Have a student visa (for international students - learn more HERE!)


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A complete enrollment application includes the following:

  • Enrollment contract duly filled in and signed
  • Registration fee of 300 €
  • Copy of I.D. or Passport
  • 1 photo I.D.
  • CESS/BAC copy or EU equivalent
  • Copy of the qualification that demonstrates competence in the language of the course
  • Motivation Letter
  • Copy of student visa (international student) 


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Additional benefits as an SAE Institute Brussels Student

Every student of our institute is eligible, according to his personal status, to the following benefits:

  • Family allowances
  • Issue of documents related to unemployment benefits
  • Student card (student discounts with our partners)
  • School certificates
  • Opportunity to work on the side of his studies
  • Access to internship agreements for Bachelor students 
  • Discount on Public Transport 
Fees & Funding

FEES & PAYMENT PLANS

Payment Plan 1

Registration fee: € 300
Annual 
payment: € 18.930
Total: € 19.230


Payment Plan 2

Registration fee: € 300
1st annual 
payment: € 9.935
2nd annual 
payment: € 9.935
Total: € 20.170


Payment Plan 3

Registration fee: € 300
Monthly 
payments: € 860 x 24
Total: € 21.420


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Careers


By starting a Bachelor in Audio Production a lot of opportunities in the Cinema, TV, Advertising and Corporate Movie industry will be soon available to you:

  • Director Fiction Reportage / Documentary
  • Director Assistant director
  • Director Scriptwriter
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Director of Photography
  • Operator / Assistant Camera
  • Pointer
  • Electro
  • Machino
  • Plot Tech
  • Stage manager
  • Director of post-production
  • Editor Calibrator
  • Post-production technician
  • Etc.

Digital Film Production Bachelor

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. Following successful completion of the first 3 academic terms, students may be eligible to obtain an RPL (recognition of prior learning) of 180 University Credits and enrol in a programme (3 academic terms) validated by Middlesex University to study towards a BA/BSc Honours degree. School and diploma not recognised by the French Community. SAE Institute reserves the right to make revisions and changes to the information presented in line with continuous improvement actions, and stakeholder feedback.