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Digital Film Production

BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production

All you need to bring with you is your talent and your dreams. We will teach you everything else you need to reach professional level.

The Bachelor of Arts / Science (Hons) Digital Film Production is a two-year intensive academic programme educating the professional audiovisual media producer. This is a university level programme with international importance of SAE Institute in partnership with Middlesex University from London - which corresponds to a three-year degree in terms of credit points (180 ECTS).

More information about the programme

The skills that students acquire include: directing, work with actors, editing, operating camera and lighting, organisational and production skills.

During the first year of studies, the students make a short silent film, a music video, a TV commercial, a documentary film and a short (feature) film.

The programme contents(film narration, film grammar, film expression) include intensive work, studying and putting to practice of the acquired knowledge. Through both theory and practice, the students can experience different roles within a film crew. 

The selection of the team of lecturers makes it easy for the students to understand the process of film creating: Andreja Hamovic (camera), Stevan Maric (editing), Mina Djukic (directing), Petar  (camera), Vuk Rsumovic (dramaturgy), Nemanja Jovanov (camera), Aleksandar Jankovic (film history), Petar Jankovic (lighting theory).

Public screenings of students’ films are organised. Partnerships with the biggest film festivals in the region: Motovun, Kustendorf, Sarajevo Film Festival, FEST, Free Zone. During the festivals, the students attend specialised workshops held by some of the greatest film professionals. They have free access to all film screenings and are given the opportunity to meet some of the key persons from the film industry.

Employment opportunities: director, executive producer, creative producer, director of photography, editor, camera operator. Partnerships with key productionhouses from the industry: Living Pictures, Pink Film International, Film Serbia, Kiselo Dete

For the student who wishes to complete only the First Year of study, they have the option of receiving a Diploma in Digital Film Making. The student who chooses to continue and complete the Second Year will graduate with a Middlesex University Bachelor’s Degree with Honours. SAE Institute is also able to accept transfers of students from other educational institutions directly to the Second Year of studies based on an evaluation of previous knowledge (RPL Programme: Recognition of Prior Learning).

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 17 and completion of a high school or equivalent; or
  • Mature age students over 21 years on receipt of suitable evidence, considered to have a reasonable chance of success in the program.
  • English Language Requirements

    Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.

    For Non EU/EEA applicants, approved English Language Tests include:

    • IELTS(Academic and General) band score 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 within each component)
        • TOEFL - no less than 80
        • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

      Applicants who hold a qualification from another institution, or who have formally completed components of another qualification, must submit authorised evidence of those achievements at the time of application to SAE Institute.
      Please refer to Policy A06 Academic Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for details.

Qualification.

After the first year of study: SAE Diploma.
After the second year of study: University diploma: Bachelor’s Degree, Middlesex University, London, UK.

Duration and lectures

  • 2 years / 3 semesters per year
  • The programme is based on 3 hours of lectures per day / 3 hours of individual work.
  • Individual bookings, with personal support
  • Access to facilities at least 6 days per week

Intake dates

January, May, September

Application Requirements & Application Process

Please contact Career Advisor to get the application form and the complete Info Package.

Programme Content

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.

Editing Techniques

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.

Advanced Editing

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.

Industry Issues

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.

Advanced Practice

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.

Graduate Services/Employability

The possible jobs that students could obtain upon successful completion of the programmes:

  • Assistant editor
  • Editor
  • 1st assistant director
  • Art director
  • Camera Assistant
  • Compositor
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Re-recording Mixer
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Sales and installation

Upon graduation, you will also have access to SAE Alumni services where you can be in touch with other graduates and prospective employers.

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