Film Production

BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production

Join the next generation of filmmakers. Earn your place on any film set around the world.
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2 years full-time
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Course Durations
2 years full-time
Start Date(s)
March and September 2024
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Start Dates
  • March and September 2024

Entry Requirements
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet the following criteria:
Degree entry
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 must have achieved an intermediate level of education
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.
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
International Entry Requirements
Non-EU Applicants
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.
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Domestic Fees

Students studying higher education courses may be eligible for various forms of funding, including student loans and grants. There may be some differences depending on the region you come from.

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Learn in world class studio environments Canon cameras, DaVinci Resolve colour grading software, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
Practical, immersive training Practical skills are vital. Our learning approach is a blend of vocational and academic from day one.
Creative collaboration Collaborate with artists, designers, web, mobile, and game developers, animators, and audio specialists.
Expand your career Graduate with a portfolio, work experience, employability and entrepreneurial skills and a network of fellow creatives.

Tools & Software

Film Skills

Cinematography Visual effects skills Directing Production Post production Lighting Sound

Course Structure

BA/BSc Film Production is broken up into three distinct stages, each designed to develop different skills.
Semester 1
Develop the essential technical film skills and the knowledge required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals.
This module aims to introduce students to a range of fundamental practices and processes within film production, gaining an overview of the film industry and its workflows. They will develop knowledge and skills across several core competencies through theoretical and practical instruction.
This module aims to enable students to explore the various creative and organisational elements that must be completed before being able to advance into the next phase of the production process. The development of a film concept, and the planning associated with communicating a narrative, is essential in ensuring the production has the best opportunity to succeed.
The module aims to develop a sense of what areas of work you may later take up in the industry and how to market your work within a team to a specific target group. In the beginning, a vision/idea of a fictitious media product in the creative industry is developed as a team.
The group members should then divide themselves into the corresponding roles within the researched positions and define which software they need for this and what salary they would receive for it.

What is the cost of the position you hold in the company, together with the resources you need for it? Which group members are permanent employees and which are freelancers?
In the course of the module, the team develops branding for the product, considers possible distribution channels for the release, and prepares the individual pieces of work of the group members from a marketing point of view so that content can be used for a possible advertising campaign.

By the end of the module, you will have an overview of all job positions within your industry, be able to assess your work financially and market yourself and your portfolio appropriately. You will get an overview of the workflow, how freelance and permanent activities work in the industry, and know how to use basic marketing techniques.
Semester 2
Throughout the second semester, you will focus your skills on film production and post-production. This will provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of production roles and to work across a range of post-production processes in finalising a film for distribution.
In this module, you will produce the material (pre-production + production) for a short film based on your chosen script. This submission is individual work, but one person from your course has to be engaged as camera operator (camera + light) and another person as sound assistant, so that all of them are responsible once for the direction, once for the camera, and once for the sound during the module.
Module learning outcomes will be achieved by completing post-production for a film including editing, compositing, motion graphics, colour grading, and writing a research paper.
This module aims to enable students to undertake a collaborative media project, gaining experience in the production of a dedicated creative media item and having an opportunity to reflect critically on both the production process and their creative practice.
In the module, students will experience teamwork across creative media disciplines, and potentially remotely across various campus locations. The module will also introduce key differences between production strategies for the arts or sciences, preparing students to develop their specialization.

Students can choose from a range of possible projects, the availability of which is determined by the location of the campus, the needs of the local industry, and/or the student’s learning requirements.
Semester 3
Semester 3 introduces you to a professional working environment where you will undertake several prescribed project briefs using a project-based ‘creative studio’ approach. Creative Studio provides a practically focused approach to your education, through the engagement with authentic assessment activities that reflect industry practices.
This module aims to enable students to utilise complex and industry-relevant workflows for producing media projects in a simulated workplace setting. They will explore best-practice project planning, production techniques, and project execution methods as they complete studio work.

Throughout this module, students will be encouraged to engage in self-reflective processes to improve their creative and collaborative work practices and to build the core skills necessary for a successful career in the creative industries. With the guidance of studio facilitators, students will complete a set of project briefs designed to build on the foundation skills acquired and to further enhance their competencies within their discipline area.
This module is for the students to design the final thesis for their bachelor's degree. To do this, you develop an idea that brings together your personal or professional interests and your creativity.
During the module, you will create a deep and secure understanding of your area of ​​interest. Common procedures, existing publications, technical workflows as well as reference and repertoire knowledge are elements that you research, present, and discuss. During the module, you will develop the proposal for your final thesis piece by piece.
Throughout the module, an initial idea for a media project turns into a well-founded plan that includes concrete objectives and a suitable approach. At the end of the module, you will have a clear idea of ​​what your thesis looks like and how you plan to implement it.
Semester 4
As you enter semester 4, students will begin to specialise in their skills within their chosen area of the film industry. This final module enables students pursuing the Film Production award to demonstrate their skills in a large-scale, advanced-level project.
This module aims to enable students to develop their professional practice through the planning and development of an independent activity, which may have a practical or theoretical focus and may be individual or collaborative. Students will develop a stronger awareness of their professional interests through a focus on an area of specialisation.
This module aims to enable students pursuing the Audio Production award to demonstrate their skills in a large-scale, advanced-level project. There are two options for the Major Project: a practice-based project (realisation of a creative art project), or a research-based project. The module will lead to either the final award of a Bachelor of Arts or the final award of a Bachelor of Science.
University of Hertfordshire
Modules: Research and Professional Development in Creative Media, Advanced Specialised Project and Major Project BA(or BSc) These programs were developed, delivered and assessed by SAE Institute, awarded by and quality assured by University of Hertfordshire.

Career Outcomes

What jobs will this course lead to?

  • Video editor
  • Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Colourist
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Camera Assistant

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Course FAQs

We consider all applicants, so you can still join the course without any practical experience. However, we do require you to have a passion for film, which is why we ask you for an informal write up to explain why you would like to join the course and what your favourite film is.

While we recommend students to invest in their own hardware, in particular a laptop and an external hard drive, they are not essential to the course as you can use the computer labs on site. They will, however, make your learning experience easier as you can work off site. A camera is desirable but again not essential as we have cameras on site for your learning experience.

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