Bachelor of Film Arts


Program Description

The Bachelor of Film Arts is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the film and television industries, incorporating the development of creative skills and research methods necessary in today’s highly competitive industry environment. Alongside furthering your technical skills, this degree also develops the understanding of relevant aspects of business management and legal matters as well as communication and research skills.

You will meet high profile industry professionals up close to small workshops and seminars who can give you an insight into their perspectives and you will gain work experience off-site in real-world film studios.

The Bachelor of Film Arts is research-based, opening the way to the highest levels of academic education (master's and Ph.D.). SAE has a number of pathways into several programmes of study in New Zealand and overseas.

Who should take this programme?

  • Diploma graduates wishing to expand their knowledge of subjects taught as part of the Diploma in Film Making
  • Individuals with previous industry experience wishing to expand their employment opportunities
  • Diploma graduates wishing to pursue academic/research based careers including those who aim to achieve post-graduate qualifications at master's and doctoral levels


  • The ability to analyze and generate solutions to unfamiliar and complex problems and issues related to key stages of film production
  • The ability to effectively apply an advanced level of generic skills in a range of production activities such as screenwriting, storyboarding pre-production planning and scheduling, production assisting, directing, camera operation, sound recording, lighting, editing vision and sound, computer-generated imaging, 3D animation and special effects
  • The ability to effectively apply specialist skills in specific areas of film production at an advanced level
  • The ability to take responsibility and show leadership in all areas of film production in addressing and solving complex film production problems and issues
  • An understanding of the key pre-production, production and post-production roles, processes and activities, and the ability to apply this understanding effectively to a range of creative and technical situations
  • The ability to effectively utilize a range of production equipment, techniques, and technology to achieve a range of complex and challenging creative goals
  • The ability to plan and execute complex tasks either as an individual or part of a team
  • The ability to adapt to and utilize new concepts, equipment, and technology
  • A capacity for critical, conceptual and reflective thinking
  • A capacity for creativity and originality
  • The ability to apply research skills and critical thinking to specific problems and issues


  • Camera Operator
  • Film Editor
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Scriptwriter
  • Videographer
  • Visual Designer2D or 3D Animator
  • Film Producer
  • Film Post Production Engineer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Performer/Actor
  • Advertising/Marketing/Promotions
  • Film Critic
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Film Director
  • Line Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Film Distributor
  • Film Exhibition
  • Film Publicist
  • Sales Agent
  • Event Manager
  • Film Lecturer
  • Media Researcher
  • Media Policy Analyst

…and a ton of jobs within our burgeoning film and television industry with creative organizations like the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air, Film NZ, a range of television production houses and so forth.


Minimum Age

Students must be 17 years of age or older.

Academic Requirements

Students must have successfully completed diploma level studies in the same discipline.

Students who do not have NCEA Level 3, or equivalent, will have additional requirements discussed during the entrance interview.

English Language Requirements

Students must have a good command of both oral and written English.

Students who do not speak English as the first language, current International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a band score of at least 6, or equivalent must be supplied.

Entrance Interview

Students will be required to attend an entrance interview.


  • Administration Fee: $500
  • Programme Fee : $17,402
  • Total Fees : $17,902

Programme fees may be paid by Student Loan or Direct Credit and must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.

Last updated Feb 2018

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SAE has been delivering outstanding industry-focused education since 1976. We have set the benchmark for tertiary level qualifications in creative media because we know these industries and we know ho ... Read More

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