The SAE Bachelor of Film is a hands-on filmmaking course covering tactile hard skill elements of filmmaking in the modern era. New forms of film distribution have changed the film-viewing environment but the foundation skills needed to create films are still core to the future of film production.
Soft skills are invaluable attributes for students and are taught through the organising of film productions at the student level. Communication, scheduling, and organisational skills are the core of the Studio Units delivered in Stage II alongside the foundational skills learned. The creation of high-quality short films with high production values leads students through this combined technical and people-oriented delivery giving them the springboard to all areas of filmmaking.
You will undertake specialised units designed for students to participate in real-world projects under the guidance of expert SAE staff. With this unique teaching style, you will demonstrate your skills and technical knowledge in a collaborative and creative studio-based learning environment.
Each degree programme is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.
Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, you will undertake a number of foundational units which will give you the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to your discipline area but also give you the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the programme.
Introduction to cinematography and film production
Post-production principles and techniques
Storytelling for contemporary media
Critical thinking for creative media
Overview of industry
Project management and professional etiquette
Critical and creative thinking
Contemporary industry overview
Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II you will be working in simulated project groups where you are working towards large-scale deliverables each trimester. Within Stage II we will not only get you to apply your Stage I skills in a deeper context but help you work within the contemporary creative media workforce.
In Stage II we show you how your work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice. This knowledge will enable you to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand your potential on the global stage.
You will complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in your own discipline but in all other SAE disciplines.
In Stage II, you will be given the opportunity to work as project specialists within the following areas. The types of projects and project roles you choose to undertake will determine what area of specialisation you fall within. Stage II has two studio modules with projects based on the following areas;
ProductionBoth film specialisations have a strong common set of subjects covering the broad base the film industry requires. The Production specialisation focuses on targeting producing and directing skills specific to this stream, strengthening the 'big picture' skill-set of graduates.
Post ProductionThe Post Production specialisation adds more specific compositing and software curriculum elements to the common core subjects of this degree. Visual Effects are used in many more films than most people realise and these techniques are studied in this specialisation using industry-standard software.Some of this high-level software is traditionally very expensive and require major hardware installations in order to use. These are now much easier for students to access, increasing creative possibilities within the realm of all future filmmakers.
Stage III is the final part of your studies. Here you will undertake an interdisciplinary project of your choice to be the final and most ambitious portfolio project that you will undertake.
You will also finalise your studies by undertaking an elective module and completing a compulsory internship.
By the time you graduate, you will have; a professional online presence that you will have begun building at the start of the programme, a wide range of interdisciplinary projects present in your portfolio, and a deeper understanding of the creative media fields and real-world experience.
Our graduates finish with skill-sets covering not only the foundational areas of traditional filmmaking but wider concepts of the future of film distribution and viewing standards. Not only do our graduates finish with a working showreel presenting their skills but also their individual creative directions. Students also graduate with an understanding of how to navigate the future of film and media as it adapts and evolves with the changing times.
Bachelor of Film
Your Learning Experience
SAE has implemented a remote flexible learning option for current and future students. The range of tools developed by SAE will not only allow students to collaborate online but also gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries.
Develop your knowledge and skills on industry-standard camera technologies including 4K Red cameras, Canon C300s, and more.
Work collaboratively with artists, designers, web, mobile, and games developers, animators, and audio specialists.
Create productions under real-world conditions.
Learn high-level cinematography and visual effects skills using the same equipment, software, and processes employed by industry practitioners.
Build skills in industry-standard software including DaVinci Resolve colour grading software, Avid Media Composer editing software, Adobe After Effects, and Photoshop standard screen graphics applications.
Experience a course designed in collaboration with industry partners and develop skills that the film industry wants.
Develop high-level skills in your craft before you graduate: be industry-ready.
Visual effects artist
SAE film graduates have been involved with outstanding production companies, studios, and networks, including:
D-Seven FZ LLC
E-Motion International FZ LLC
Epic Films FZ LLC
Filmmaster MEA Productions FZ LLC
Ginger Cat Films
Highend Films FZ LLC
Joy Films FZ LLC
K Kompany FZ-LLC
Kinjal Jagdish Tanna
Lebda Media and Production FZ-LLC
Life TV art production
Light House Studio L.L.C
O3 Productions FZ-LLC
Parasol Studio FZ LLC
Red Pill Productions DMCC
Sabbah Pictures FZ LLC
Soapbox Productions FZ LLC
Spitfire Art Productions LLC
Spotlight and Media and Production FZ LLC
Studio 52 Arts Production LLC Branch
Studio One Production
The Film Studio FZ LLC
The Gold Mine Films FZ LLC
The Talkies FZ LLC
The Traveling Shoe FZ LLC
The-Cool-Box Studio DMCC
Time Lapse Middle East
Total Concepts - Cinescpae Box Office
Treehouse Media FZ-LLC
Applicants from all applicant groups who wish to study a Bachelor degree course must satisfy the following entry requirements:
Be at least 18 years of age (or turning 18 during your first year of studies) or 17y before the commencement of the first term.
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, which is Grade/Year 12 according to the Australian curriculum.
Completion of a Diploma level qualification or higher issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); or other equivalent qualifications.
Experience Based Entry - for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2. Please read the section below on Experience Based Entry, Higher Education Pathway or contact an SAE Course Advisor directly for more information.
High school Certificate
High school transcript (Grade scale must be provided if not graduated in US, IB, UK or Indian curriculum), unless grades are mentioned as percentages (%)
Proof of English language proficiency
SAE recognises industry experience and previous studies from accredited institutions.
For more information on SAE's entry requirements refer to the Student Selection, Admissions, Deferral, and Transfer policy.
English Language Requirements
International students have to provide additional evidence of language skills and complete one of the following:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A band score of 6 or higher for a Higher Education (HE) course and 5.5 or higher for a VET course (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 or higher (paper-based test), 60 or higher (internet-based test) for a Higher Education (HE) course, and a minimum score of 527 (paper-based test) or 46 (internet-based test) for a VET course, OR
International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): An overall rating of 3, OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 50 (or higher) for a Higher Education (HE) course, and an Academic score of 42 (or higher) for a vocational education programme, OR
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) A B 2.1 level or higher.
Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
An equivalent level from other approved secondary schooling English studies by providing a signed and stamped letter of confirmation from the High school stating that English was the language of instruction.
Other evidence of English competency may be considered for review and will be accepted at the discretion of SAE Creative Media Institute. This can be either proof of mother tongue language or a signed and stamped letter of confirmation from a Higher education institution stating that English was the language of instruction.
English test scores more than two (2) years old at the time of application will not be accepted.
In case proof of English language proficiency cannot be obtained, SAE Dubai organises in collaboration with Eton institute, a CEFR test at the beginning of each term for which students can sign up