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Film Production
Diploma and Bachelor

Do you love visuals, structuring content and crafting captivating stories? How about studying film at SAE Institute? This professional qualification equips you with all the necessary skills to work in film production. Learn how to bring your ideas to the screen – from music videos to your first movie.
Shooting on film set for commercial in Film Production department

Film Production Department

In the Film Production department a good story is only half the picture. It’s a long way from the idea to the finished film. In addition to mastering professional workflows, the Film Production Department focuses on the confident handling of state-of-the-art film equipment. The field of postproduction is also constantly evolving and requires a high level of technical know-how – professionals in this area are therefore more in demand than ever. Job profiles for graduates of our academic degrees, professional or professional-development courses in the Film Production Department include camera operators, film editors, producers or assistant directors.

Job profiles in the film industry

After completing your professional qualification at SAE Institute, you will have various opportunities to specialize in a particular profession. The film industry needs people with technical and creative skills, as well as organizational talents. And even after you graduate, you'll still learn more skills to help you land your dream job in the film industry.

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Film production student films with Arri camera on jib in green screen studio
Camera and Lighting Steadicam Operator, Camera Assistant, Lighting Technician, Cameraman/woman/and in between
Set and Production Production Assistant, Production Manager, Assistant Director, Recording Director
Postproduction Post Production Supervisor, Color Grading Operator, Film Editor, Editing Assistant

Film Production
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Course content from the Film Production Curriculum

Basics of filmmaking

film history, editing, design basics, colour grading, compositing

Short-film project

camera & lighting, storyboarding, colour composition, montage theory

Film Production

casting & directing, film sound, camera crane, dolly & Steadicam


on-air screen design, 3D animation & motiongrafix, colour grading & green screen

Documentaries & Reporting

Script preparation, editing sequences and image rhythm, on-set workflows

Commercial Production

On-air screen design, 3D animation

Projekt & Workflow

music video, commercial, documentary, or short film


collaborative work processes in project work


financing, publication, and marketing to target groups

Research & Development

research and analysis, project management and planning

Learning and studying
our four models

Academic courses and professional training start in March and September of each year. All our departments offer the same four options for learning and studying at SAE Institute:

Professional Qualification – Diploma

The SAE Diploma opens the door for a career in the creative industries in just 18 months. With a high practical component, you will acquire sound knowledge of the subject, and practical exercises will help you to develop technical skills at an early stage. The SAE Diploma offers professional technical training that equips students with strong, industry-relevant skills. Moreover, it facilitates flexible time management and a high degree of autonomy.

The newly launched Advanced Diploma is an ideal option for those who want to focus on the creation of a comprehensive and substantial portfolio. During the Advanced Diploma, you will complete an interdisciplinary or multi-semester project as part of a team, and you will learn about different aspects and issues associated with such projects. This will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of work processes and interconnecting fields while expanding the technical skills you acquired during the diploma.

Academic Degree – Bachelor

The Bachelor’s Degree is part of the “fast-track program” and takes 2 years to complete. This means you will be qualified faster, be able to enter the job market and start earning sooner. This option combines a compact full-time course with professional training. In addition to studying interdisciplinary content and research methods, practical exercises and projects will help you to gain technical and practical skills.

Thanks to its modular structure, the part-time Bachelor’s Degree allows students to be flexible and to study at their own pace. Professional and academic components are separated from each other and are taught in a complementary manner. As a rule, the Bachelor’s Degree in the part-time “extended model” is completed after 36 months; depending on your personal situation, the time can also be adjusted.

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