The world of storytelling is at your fingertips and the industry demands talented and skilled professionals. Get direction with Film at SAE.


Digital Film Production Diploma



Whether you are starting or looking to further develop your career in the Film & TV industry , the Digital Film Production Diploma qualifies you for work at film production companies, post-production companies, TV stations, in the field of Motion Graphics or at event and advertising agencies.

Combining theoretical understanding with a strong hands-on training ethos, (75% of course assessment is practical), through our industry standard production facilities, you are able to explore and expand your technical and creative skill sets.

The course runs for 18 months and classes can take place in the daytime, evening or on weekend, providing you with flexibility whether you are working full-time, part time or just passing through.

Certainly one of the most important features of the SAE Diploma is its exceptionally high proportion of 75 % practical learning time.


Available at all campuses




Fundamentals of filmmaking I

  • Fundamentals of camera & lighting
  • Fundamentals of screenwriting
  • History of filmmaking
  • Pitch history film
  • Fundamentals of film analysis
  • Fundamentals of video editing
  • Theory of montage
  • Fundamentals of optics
  • Set workshop
  • Digital signal processing
  • Image editing & visual communication
  • Cutting
  • Picture composition
  • Colour theory & scenic lighting

The art of storytelling

  • Dramaturgy
  • Script writing
  • Screenplay analysis
  • Scenography
  • Revision
  • The screenwriter
  • Production management
  • Moving imagery
  • Storyboarding
  • Moodboarding

Fundamentals of filmmaking II

  • Camera & lighting
  • Direction
  • Audio technology
  • Voiceover
  • Audio equipment and audio editing
  • Small scenic production
  • Theory & history of VFX
  • Green screen
  • Keying and colorgrading
  • Compositing & animation
  • VFX Supervising

Documentaries & reportage

  • History of filmmaking
  • Documentary films and formats
  • Thematic development and research
  • Camera & lighting
  • Production of documentaries
  • Interview techniques
  • Cutting
  • Narrative techniques
  • Media ethics
  • Multicam cut
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • University entrance qualifaction (Abitur or similar)
  • Alternatively: minimum age of 18 years plus intermediate educational qualification and aptitude test
  • Own notebook computer for office work, theoretical tests and own notes from lectures
  • Language skills: students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English; atleast Level B2
Fees & Funding

Payment Plans

  • Upfront: 3 payments, each at the beginnig of next semester
  • Standard: 18 payments, each at the beginning of month

Financing Options

There are several options that may be available to you to help you finance your studies, such as;

  • STANDARD and UPFRONT payment plans
  • Student loans
  • Educational funds

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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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