Bachelor of Film


Program Description

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 organizing of film productions at the student level. Communication, scheduling, and organizational skills are the core of the Studio Units delivered in Stage II alongside the foundational skills learned. Creation of high-quality short films with high production values lead students through this combined technical and people-oriented delivery giving them the springboard to all areas of filmmaking.

You will undertake specialized 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.

Your Studies:

Each degree program 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 program.

  • Introduction to cinematography and film production
  • Post-production principles and techniques
  • Storytelling for contemporary media
  • Critical thinking for creative media
  • Screen design
  • Film studies
  • 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 specialization you fall within. Stage II has two studio modules with projects based on the following areas;

1. Production

Both film specializations have a strong common set of subjects covering the broad base the film industry requires. The Production specialization focuses on targeting producing and directing skills specific to this stream, strengthening the ‘big picture’ skill-set of graduates.

2. Post Production

The Post Production specialization 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 realize and these techniques are studied in this specialization using industry standard software.
Some of this high-level software was traditionally very expensive and required 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
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 finalize 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 program, 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.

You will learn

  • Camera techniques
  • Production techniques
  • Cinematography
  • Visual effects
  • Production design
  • Screen design
  • Storytelling
  • Post-production
  • Screenwriting
  • Project management
  • Industry knowledge

Your learning experience

  • 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.
  • Experience innovative learning at its best, including intensive workshops, face-to-face lectures, studio-based practice, and online delivery.
  • 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 color 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.


  • Director
  • Producer
  • Gaffer
  • Editor
  • Compositing artist
  • Production manager
  • Production coordinator
  • Production assistant
  • Screenwriter
  • Script supervisor
  • Colorist
  • Visual effects artist
  • Cinematographer


SAE film graduates have been involved with outstanding production companies, studios, and networks, including:

  • CNN
  • Al Arabiya
  • Reuters
  • MBC
  • D-Seven FZ LLC
  • E-Motion International FZ LLC
  • Epic Films FZ LLC
  • Filmmaster MEA Productions FZ LLC
  • Filmworks FZ-LLC
  • Ginger Cat Films
  • Highend Films FZ LLC
  • HotCold Studio
  • 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
  • Pixel Production
  • Red Pill Productions DMCC
  • Reuters Limited
  • 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
  • tProductions FZ-LLC
  • Treehouse Media FZ-LLC

Entry Requirements

Minimum Age

Students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 17 years of age at the time of application.

Academic requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed secondary studies (high school) or have completed the SAE Dubai Foundation course.

Applicants must meet English language requirements as outlined below.

English language requirements

International students need to provide additional evidence of language skills including one of the following:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a band score of at least 6, or equivalent, OR
  • Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian secondary school or college, or equivalent.
Last updated Jun 2018

About the School

SAE, with 55 campuses in 28 countries, has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. In Dubai, we proudly offer KHDA accredited certificates, diplomas, and bachelor de ... Read More

SAE, with 55 campuses in 28 countries, has been setting the global benchmark for creative media education since 1976. In Dubai, we proudly offer KHDA accredited certificates, diplomas, and bachelor degrees across 5 disciplines – Animation, Audio, Design, Film and Games. Read less