Digital Video Basics
This part of the students’ studies covers the basic use and knowledge of digital video and HD production formats, how to professionally operate location recording equipment, a grasp of the appropriate filmmaking terminology and an understanding of production workflows.
Students will be given a rudimentary and practical understanding of editing tools and theory using Adobe Premiere Pro. Students will learn how to import and optimize footage from various sources, perform basic editing operations and the importance of compression.
Camera, Audio and Light Operation
The professional use of digital video cameras, lighting systems, audio recording and stabilizing equipment for location recordings is is taught through practical classes. Students learn framing techniques, the basics of cinematography as well as the essentials of lighting set-ups. Proper microphone techniques and sound recording procedures are also covered.
Project Planning and Management
Through an understanding of the process of pre-production, students are taught how to plan their production projects, how to pitch their ideas and to develop proposals and presentations. Students learn about scriptwriting and storyboarding in order to prepare themselves prior to filming.
With the knowledge gained so far students are trained to work with the available editing software in more complex ways in order to develop their creative abilities. Techniques such as multi-camera, motion effects and colour grading are taught.
Special FX and Compositing
This section of the course focuses on the process of combining live action footage with graphically generated content to form a seamless visual impression. Students learn basic techniques using industry standard software applications such as Adobe After Effects as well as shooting chromakey sequences for use in editing software.
Authoring and Delivery Formats
Students will learn how to create interactive DVDs for the delivery of their final film projects and production portfolio. Students will also learn how to deliver finished projects optimized for internet distribution and exhibition.
Throughout the duration of the course, students will have lectures from industry professionals who will discuss relevant topics, issues and techniques in the television and film industries.
Note: The sections outlined above do not exist as separate modules within the course and do not necessarily reflect the order in which these subjects are taught.
Creative Media Practice
This module begins with an evolutionary analysis of the social, political, technological and economic changes which have helped shape entertainment and the entertainment industry over time, focusing on the roles of and interaction between artist, producer and marketing forces leading up to the 21st Century. The module will also cover today’s structure and operation of the film, gaming, and internet industries. Contemporary issues are explored in ways that encourage students to take an active part in a professional dialogue.
This module focuses on professional development and awareness. Students will be introduced to generic professional skills ranging from presentation skills and project planning to management, marketing, and law to be able to operate independently within the industry. Additionally, the requirements of selected fields within the media industry will be examined and students will be expected to undertake written and production assignments as well as an internship, in order to apply their previously acquired knowledge.
Specialized Research Project
This section of the course allows students to undertake an approved research project. The thesis is designed to show a student’s ability to initiate, implement and evaluate a substantial creative/technical project as a result of cognitive abilities put into effect within a limited time frame. Mentoring and support will be provided by qualified SAE staff who will guide, advise and assist the students in their undertaking.