Looking to level up in your creative industries career? Look no further than an SAE diploma

25 Mar 2019

SAE offers full-time or part-time diplomas, which are highly vocational courses that are ideal for individuals who want to gain practical skills, perhaps formalise their existing industry experience with a qualification, or learn a new set of abilities that can help with a career change.  

The timetable is created to cater for applicants who work around their studies. The full-time course is one year, whilst part-time diploma options over two years are also available.

Diploma students are typically slightly more mature compared to degree students, and with small class sizes there is lots of one-to-one support provided to help you take the next step in the creative media industries.

We spoke to some current diploma students to find out what they are enjoying about the Digital Film Production and Sound Engineering diplomas.

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Digital Film Production Diploma

Lauren Oliver is a Digital Film Production diploma student at SAE London. We spoke to her to find what made her choose to do a diploma and found out some of the things that she is enjoying about the course so far.

Why did you choose to study Digital Film Production?

I have worked on film and TV before but fell out of it because I took a job in retail. I was looking for a way back into the industry but I’d never had much formal training. I saw a stand for SAE at a convention and looked into it. Doing a diploma means I’m able to study and continue to fund myself working part time.

Why did you choose to study at SAE?

I took a tour of the London campus and the facilities on offer. It was the training using actual filming equipment and the green room that helped with choosing to study at SAE.

How would you sum up your professional journey in the creative industries so far?

I came to SAE with some experience as a production assistant and costume daily in both film and TV. I have also trained in BTEC theatre production and worked on some shows in various roles. I would sum it up as beginner.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy the workshopping and practical equipment training. I like that I get to make and edit a piece of film every term too. It’s quite hands on.

Tell us about the standard of teaching on your course

I have learned a lot over my first two trimesters at SAE. Both of my tutors have been from the industry and their methods have been great.

Tell us about any employers you have worked with while on your course

As a class we got to meet a previous student who had us take part in Good Morning Britain. I have also worked as a costume daily on a BBC drama.

What projects are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on creating a scene from a script I have written. This will then hopefully be made into a full 10 minute short film next trimester.

What are your long-term career goals?

Ultimately I would like to go into producing or directing for TV/film. My goals are still broad as there is so much with TV/film that I enjoy.

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Sound Engineering Diploma

Like Lauren, Francesco Barbana is a diploma student at SAE London. We chatted to him about how the Sound Engineering diploma course is a great opportunity for those already working in the industry to formalise their experience into a qualification.

Why did you choose to study Sound Engineering?

I have always been passionate about Sound Engineering. I have always made and been involved in music generally. I decided to take action and that it was time to know a bit more about how to do what I was already doing in a professional way.

Why did you choose to study at SAE?

A friend made the suggestion and I thought ‘Why not?’ because it is close to home.

How would you sum up your professional journey in the creative industries so far?

I have always worked in clubs and super clubs but from the hospitality side, which is really hard but you still manage to find loads of contacts in music through the DJs or live acts that perform in the venues I have worked. But hopefully I will manage to move full time in the music industry once I finish the diploma.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

Most of the lessons we have; they all give clarity to things I wasn’t sure about. I would say also the assignments we have to do.

Tell us about the standard of teaching on your course

Most of the lessons there is a quick recap of the previous to make sure everyone has understood, and then we start a new topic. The explanations are really clear, and if not then the teachers are always keen to spend a bit of extra time to re-explain.

Tell us about any employers you have worked with while on your course:

I work around 60 hours a week in Mayfair and as part of my job I have met loads of famous artists. I also have two sound engineers providing me with a lot of ''tips and tricks''.

What projects are you working on at the moment?

A recording of a band for the second trimester.

What are your long-term career goals?

I want to work in a recording studio and would like to one day manage to get all of my music/productions sorted and released.

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Find out more about diplomas at SAE here.


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