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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.







Indicative summary of topics

  • 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
  • Video basics / media operating


  • Historic short film
  • Camera & lighting
  • Production report
  • Historic short film pitch
  • Cutting practice
  • Practical scenic work

Indicative summary of topics

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


  • Character analysis / step outline
  • Synopsis
  • Short film screenplay
  • Pre-production
  • Pre-production pitch
  • Writer director meeting

Indicative summary of topics

  • 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


  • Master plan
  • Dailies production
  • Rough cut
  • Production
  • Compositing practice
  • Compositing test

Indicative summary of topics

  • 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


  • Documentary research
  • Documentary rough cut
  • Documentary status report
  • Documentary concept
  • Documentary
  • Critical analysis

Creative Media Practice

This module aims to position the discipline specific knowledge and skills acquired during the SAE Diploma within a wider industry, business and cultural context. The structure and operations of the culture industries are examined together with the meanings produced in the interplay between culture, cultural products and the consumer. The resulting implications for the pitching of creative media ideas and the marketing of creative media products are also considered. Students take their existing skills and adapt them for a range of markets, cultures and platforms, requiring students to understand other cultures and assimilate other disciplines into their practice.

Indicative summary of topics

  • Structure and operation of the culture industries
  • Interplay between culture, cultural product and consumer:
  • Pitching and marketing of creative products
  • Related disciplines and their application to creative media practice:
  • Legal, contractual and ethical issues of creative media practice
  • Marketing and business studies
  • Music production
  • Basic principles of broadcasting
  • The potential of computer programming for advanced audio applications.


  • Practical research
  • Analytical essay
  • Business presentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will have acquired knowledge of:

  • The structure and operations of the culture industries
  • The interplay between culture and consumers of culture
  • Business, legal and ethical aspects of creative media activity
  • The development, pitching and marketing of creative media products within the framework of legal and cultural constraints
  • The principles of operation of large music studio equipment
  • The basic principles of broadcasting
  • Possible applications of computer programming for audio-related purposes


  • On successful completion of this module students will have developed skills in:
  • Developing a proposal in response to a creative media brief, with due consideration of financial, contractual and legal factors
  • Presenting a creative media pitch
  • Incorporating other disciplines into their creative media skill set
  • Producing music utilising contemporary recording, editing and mixing tools.

Advanced Digital Film Practice

Designed to develop film-specific knowledge and skills to more sophisticated conceptual and technical levels through the realisation and evaluation of advanced film applications, students will be introduced to scriptwriting for feature films, new media applications for the moving image, visual artistry of the cinema and cinematography, adaptation and remake strategies, and documentaries. Additionally, students will learn about pitching, budgeting, financing, distribution and a number of additional topics of the film industry.

Indicative Summary of Topics

  • Strategies for continuing professional development
  • Advanced film applications
    • Screenwriting for film and television
    • New media applications for moving image.
  • Project development and management
  • Documentary Filmmaking


  • Professional Development Analysis
  • Advanced Film Project
  • Production Analysis

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will have acquired knowledge of:

  • Advanced film applications
  • Project development and management
  • Their continual professional development needs

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

  • Conceiving, developing, realising and evaluating an advanced film application
  • Making appropriate creative decisions in accordance with the legal, contractual and ethical requirements of a brief
  • Adapting their skills to the demands of the work place

This module is the culmination of the degree programme, enabling students to demonstrate the full range of their technical, creative and academic skills. The major project is self-generated and may take one of many different forms. The project is intended to demonstrate a range of advanced skills in accordance with the requirements of a substantial Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science project. Through successful completion the student will also exhibit their capacity to conduct independent research and manage a large-scale venture.

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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