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BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production

Next Start Date: January 2022
Registrations are open and limited spots are available. 

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The Film degree explores the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking within a wide variety of settings. With an emphasis on hands-on training, you will have access to our cameras and film production equipment, enabling you to learn the processes and techniques to ensure that the projects you work on and the visions you imagine, can become realities for multiple platforms.

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. All of your progress is carefully guided and expanded by individual tutorial support, ensuring that you create pieces of work to be showcased in your all-important portfolio. 

The Degree Program has a duration of 2 years (full-time) and after successful completion of the course, you will receive a BA/BSc (Hons) Degree of 180 ECTS credits.

Your Instructors

Patrick Thompson
Patrick Thompson Patrick Thompson, currently residing in Rotterdam, has been working in the audiovisual and entertainment industry for the past 15 years. He has extensive experience as a producer on award-winning shorts and documentaries. His most recent production, an experimental film titled MIST, directed by Parisa Yousef Doust, had its world premiere at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Since 2012, Patrick Thompson has been focusing on the creative side of filmmaking as a writer, director, editor and has been commissioned to do a short film slated to go into production during the last half of 2013. Patrick Thompson has also worked on game development, organized photo exhibitions, presided over an art installation, and has been an avid photographer: for which he was requested to be part of a collective and make photos for the multi-discipline art project Milk Drops by visual artist Nelson Gonzalez.
Joao Costa

Joao Costa Joao Mb Costa moved to Amsterdam in 2002, what was initially planned as a 6 months stay to help out a friend with a new IT project became a 15-year life-changing project. In 2006 he was told by a friend about an open day at a very cool media school called SAE Institute, despite never hearing of it before he decided to check it out and was right away amazed by the friendly atmosphere and having the movie bug in him since young ages he decided to give a go at the film production course, at the time "as a weekend hobby", little did he know that SAE would change his professional and personal life at unexpected levels. Ever since his graduation in 2007 Joao has been gathering experience and working with clients as varied as Netflix, Heineken, Google, Guess Jeans, L'Oreal, Paradiso, or Volkshotel but still finds time to share his passion and experience at the film department of SAE Institute Amsterdam, a perfect balance for a busy life.

Ruurd M. Fenenga
Ruurd M. Fenenga Ruurd M. Fenenga was “born into” and raised in the film industry in The Netherlands. His father, Ruurd M. Fenenga, Sr. , a cinematographer, producer, and director, was his first mentor. By an opportune chance at the age of twenty-one, Ruurd went to Los Angeles and began working as a 1st assistant-cameraman. Worked on features like “The Hidden” and the tv-series of “Twin Peaks” (1990). He was able to work with such well-known cinematographers as Stuart Dryburgh, A.S.C., N.Z.C.S., ("Boardwalk Empire", "The Piano"), Jim Weisiger, V.F., ("Titanic"), and gained vast experience assisting on more than thirty-five feature films. Ruurd also worked on music videos with Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and MC Hammer ("U Can't Touch This"). As a cinematographer, Ruurd worked on a short film, "Pennyweight", which won a total of six prizes at various film festivals across the United States, and was also listed to be nominated for an Academy Award. He also worked on a feature film, "Paradise", with film stars Dee Wallace Stone ("E.T."), Barbara Carrera ("Never Say Never Again") and Timothy Bottoms ("The Last Picture Show"). Besides films, Ruurd’s experience has included commercials, corporate videos and current affairs programs in The Netherlands. Commercials include the "Nike" commercials: "Nike Federation", "Nike PO 3", and "Nike PO 3" trailer, all shot in various locations in Barcelona, Madrid, and Blackburn (UK). These commercials featured soccer stars Ronaldinho, Rooney, Ronaldo and van Nistelrooij. Ruurd loves to share his rich experience as a filmmaker and teaches at various institutes and schools. He also instructs one-on-one workshops in composition, lighting, and with still photographers. A former (21-year-old) student of Ruurd, asked him if he wanted to shoot his first feature film, "Schaduwspel". Ruurd shot the film, did the color grading for this project, and used his own camera, lighting, grip and audio equipment. As a reflection of this enthusiasm and dedication, cinematography encompasses much more than Ruurd’s passion, art, and vocation; it is his way of seeing, moving through the world -- his entire way of being.
Mark Limburg
Mark Limburg Mark Limburg graduated from the Royal Academy in the Hague in 1994. After that, he went on to direct music video’s, commercials, short films, corporate films, and documentaries. Mark directed several award-winning short films and his documentaries where shown on television and on festival worldwide.
Kevin Augello
Kevin Augello Kevin Augello is the founder of New Earth Films, where he operates as an executive producer and director. Although after training at the National Film and TV School in the UK he first started his career as a cameraman. A passion that first started at the age of 12, and is something that he still enjoys and practices today. He has worked closely with many international broadcasters including the BBC, Discovery, RedBull Media and National Geographic to produce and film numerous shorts and long-form content. As well as photojournalism assignments for National Geographic Magazine. His portfolio also includes many NGO's especially those nurturing children's rights and conservation. This combination has merged well where Kevin has produced collaborations with major channels such as National Geographic and Unicef. As well as developmental projects with BBC's Panorama, concerning children displaced by war. His work has taken him to over 130 countries from Palestine to Somalia and other politically sensitive areas around the world. He is more at home however in the wilderness and has worked with a camera-in-hand from the North Face of Mt Everest to the frozen landscapes of Antartica. Kevin is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) which reflects a deep understanding of the physical world, and a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen, which nurtures the craft of cinematography.
Miron Bilski
Miron Bilski Miron is a prize-winning commercials director and producer. He made over 150 commercials worldwide. Classically educated at the film-school of Lodz, Poland he started by writing scripts and producing news items for public television. Currently, he is directing and producing commercials and a feature-length documentary.
Cintia Taylor
Cintia Taylor Cíntia Taylor is a writer, journalist, and filmmaker, who joined SAE as a freelancer in 2011. Her passion for storytelling has led her to work with international media such as BBC, The Daily Beast, Monocle, France24 and with filmmakers such as Gouden Kalf winner Rudolf van Berg. She is currently working on several projects ranging from documentaries to fiction films and theatre plays. Her directing debut is the French short When Waves Break, which is due to premiere in 2017.
David Mitnik
David Mitnik David Mitnik has been working in the French film industry for more than 30 years first as a unit-location manager, then as a line producer. My field of expertise is setting up the best conditions in which making the shooting possible. I have worked on every continent and still do so. I live in Amsterdam and Paris and have recently taken a lot of pleasure teaching to film students and sharing my experience with young future filmmakers.
Giulia Principe
Giulia Principe Born in Naples, Italy, comes from a Photography and Editing background. After graduating LFA in Filmmaking and SAE in Interactive Animation, is now working with post-production, VFX and 3D graphics. Recent projects include animations for Holofil, holographic platform, VR and 3D printing.




  • 2 YEARS


  • 180 ECTS

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The 2022/3 degree programme is developed, delivered and assessed by SAE Institute, and awarded by and quality assured by the University of Hertfordshire.


Filmmaking Fundamentals 
The first module in the your degree programmes introduces you to a range of fundamental practices and processes within film production, gaining an overview of the film industry and its workflows. You will develop knowledge and skills across several core competencies through theoretical and practical instruction as you build a portfolio of projects.
Film Development
This module introduces you to the various creative and organisational elements that must be completed before being able to advance any film into the physical production process. Throughout this module you will develop skills in storytelling and script writing, and unpack the various processes that go into planning your production.
Film Production
Within this module you will build the skills associated with developing and communicating an overarching vision of a film, as well as working in ‘below-the-line’ roles to bring your narratives to the screen. You will continue to develop skills within the camera department, grips, lighting department and sound, as well as the organisational roles associated with production management, assistant directing and location management.
Film Post-Production
During this module you will gain a practical appreciation for the post-production phase of filmmaking. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct a range of post-production workflows as you prepare a film project for distribution. Working with industry standard software, you will edit your film, perform colour correction and colour grading, as well as develop basic skills in audio editing.
Creative Studio 1: Industry Workflows
Within the fourth study period, you will learn more about the business side of the film industry, and the vital role of the Producer. Collaborating with peers from across disciplines, such as audio and animation, you will be supported in producing a short fiction film or a series of promotional films, including music videos, adverts and corporate videos.

If you opt to produce a short fiction film, you will continue to develop your storytelling, directing and cinematography skills as you bring your narrative to life. Typically you will find yourself collaborating with Audio Production students to ensure your soundtrack, location sound and ADR is of a professional standard. You will also have the opportunity to integrate visual effects through collaborations with our animation students. Ultimately, you will be aiming to produce a high-quality fictional narrative film that is ready for distribution and submission to festivals.
Creative Studio 2: Collaborations and Business
Should you wish to develop your production skills through the world of promotional film, you will be given the opportunity to work on a series of creative briefs and collaborate with peers from across SAE’s creative programmes, notably Audio Production, Content Creation and Online Marketing, and Music Business. You will be guided through the concept development process as you gain skills in working with clients, and broaden your production skills into live-event/multi-camera production and multi-clip editing techniques.
Creative Studio 3: Research and Practice
This third ‘Creative Studio’ module provides students with an opportunity to identify their area of professional interest and develop a deep and sound knowledge in this field. Using evidence-based decision making and their mastery in creative media practice, students will develop a proposal for a Major Project. Students will be supported to identify methodologies and outcomes appropriate for either an arts or sciences Major Project. They will draft a proposal including an analysis of existing research methodologies; a clear outline and rationale for the chosen methodology; a review of current scholarship; an examination of relevant production techniques; and an appraisal of current industry developments.

Students may choose to undertake structured industry-based activities through the form of ‘live projects’ or to pursue a research project in their field of specialisation. This module will build a thorough awareness of professional practice and provide students with an opportunity to direct their professional development in a way that aligns with their future career plans.
Film Production Major Project (BA/BSc)
The Major Project is the culmination of the undergraduate programme; it gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a large scale, advanced level project.
There is an expectation that the final deliverable for this programme will be of a calibre such that it demonstrates the student’s capacity to progress into professional practice or postgraduate studies.

The Art of Storytelling

Writing for the screen is a very specific creative writing skill and one that requires a thorough understanding of how visuals storytelling operates. This module asks you to explore a number of established and experimental processes used in script development to further boost your understanding of narrative and cinematic construction. Working with the completed script, you will learn the skills to develop your own personal development portfolio and bring your visual styles to life on the page, ready for the screen.

Filmmaking Fundamentals 2

Building upon your knowledge base so far, you will now put your imagination and skills to good use in the creation of a self-directed short film, facilitating your script writing and developing your individual style. Through a comprehensive application of theories and techniques, you will explore further the fundamental processes of filmmaking, specifically in production and post-production techniques.

Non-Fiction Filmmaking

Producing non-fictional works requires a critical understanding of the complex historic and contemporary societal, economic and political influences affecting the genre to fully appreciate the power of the medium. You will learn the importance of employing sound ethical working practices to strike a power balance between the contributor, filmmaker and audience, in order to plan the produce your own, short non-fiction film. 

Elective Module 

You are given the opportunity to choose an elective from a bank of modules. Each campus can advise which of the electives may be available to you and provide further advice to assist you in selecting an option that is reflective of your specialization interest. The detail of each module can be found on our website.

  • Creative Production
  • Short Promotional Film

Producing and Distribution Methods 

For this module, you will assume the role and many varied obligations of 'producer', often seen ambiguous, largely due to the variety and complexities of tasks involved throughout the entirety of a film's production through to distribution. We will prepare you with the finite details required to perform the breadth of tasks, whilst further developing your pre-existing skills in post-production techniques to refine your individual style. We will then show you the essential process of elimination to determine which method of either classical or contemporary distribution across creative media would be most effective for your creation. 

Marketing, Business Planning and Law

This module aims to impart the essential knowledge, concepts, and analytical tools of business and marketing to function effectively in the industry. It will also open your eyes to key legal and ethical issues that underpin practices specifically related to the creative media industries. Upon completion of this module, you will have developed key communication skills, whilst being sensitive to the impact of how communication can shape how we, as a society, understand each other in social, cultural and economic contexts.

Research Practice and Society

Research is key to the successful outcome of any creative project and this module aims to develop within you an advanced critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their application for both artistic and scientific research. You will advance your knowledge, planning, and implementation of research-based inquiry to address specific questions, whilst developing an in-depth understanding of the creative media industries and your potential role as a creative media practitioner. Together we will broaden your understanding of the ongoing interplay between science and the history of ideas, culture and creative media, to give your work the depth it requires to have a profound effect in the market-place. 



Major Project (BA or BSc)

Your major project is intended to demonstrate a range of advanced skills in accordance with the requirements of a substantial level six project. Through successful completion, you will also exhibit your capacity to conduct independent projects and manage a large-scale venture. Central to the module is an exploration of research methodologies and their applications or their own artistic style and its presentation to the public. You will develop a project proposal and submit this for approval. You will then manage all aspects involved in the preliminary and planning phases, through to realization. Your major project is self-generated and may take one of many forms, there is, however, an expectation that the final deliverable will be of a caliber that will progress you into employment or postgraduate work. 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • For non-EU students, a valid VISA for the entire duration of the selected course is required prior to enrolment. The registration at SAE Institute cannot grant you a Student Visa in the Netherlands.
  • Applicants have achieved an intermediate education level
  • English language skills: minimum TOEFL score of 80, or, minimum IELTS score of 6,5 (or equivalent)


* Our courses require that our students are in possession of a laptop (Mac/PC) in order to make notes in class, complete written homework and/or do research. For questions regarding specifications please consult the Study Advisors.

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Note: For non-EU students, a valid VISA for the entire duration of the selected course is required prior to enrolment. The registration at SAE Institute cannot grant you a Student Visa in the Netherlands.


Career Options

  • Filmmaker
  • Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Documentarist
  • Colourist
  • Camera Assistant
  • Grip
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Lighting


Industry Sectors

  • Television
  • Movie Production
  • Independent Film Production
  • TV Show Production
  • Advertising
  • Moving image Content for Web
  • Corporate Film
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