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Higher Certificate in Digital Film Production

Overview

Course Overview


This course is designed to provide students with experience in all facets of digital film making and production, and foster creative confidence and artistic independence in a hands-on learning environment. 

The course covers the technical and creative components of film making including: concept development, screen writing, camera operation, production management, directing, editing and sound design. 

Students create their own projects to develop their skills as directors, producers and editors with the aim of becoming proficient filmmakers. Students are also exposed to film-related business management, marketing, communications and knowledge of the contemporary ‘entertainment’ industry.

Course Aims


This curriculum is very specifically designed to impart the necessary skills for an individual to be employable in the global film industry, through exposure to the many technical and creative aspects that are components of motion picture story-telling in all of its shapes and forms.

Unlike many other creative media schools, SAE's students have access to film and sound gear for use on personal projects on top of the normal requirements for course assignments. For a list of available gear, please click here


QUALIFICATION
Higher Certificate in Film Production

SAQA ID: 87006; Duration 1 year; NQF Level 5; Exit Level Credits 140

  • Cape Town

Skills

You will learn

  • Concept Development
  • Screenwriting
  • Camera Operation
  • Production Management
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Sound Replacement & Design

Careers

Career Options

  • Editor
  • Grip
  • Camera operator
  • Lighting operator
  • Assistant Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Boom Operator
  • Compositor and Visual Effects Artist

Modules

Higher Certificate in Digital Film Production
VIEW MODULE DESCRIPTIONS
Semester 1
Digital Film ProductionDigital Film Post-ProductionDigital ImagingFilm Studies
Motion Graphics   
Semester 2
Creative ProjectAdaptationsVisual Effects (VFx)TVC (Television Commercial)
Documentary Production   

Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.

Semester 1
Digital Film Production
Digital Film Post-Production
Digital Imaging
Film Studies
Motion Graphics
Semester 2
Creative Project
Adaptations
Visual Effects (VFx)
TVC (Television Commercial)
Documentary Production

Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.

Key facts

  • DURATION(S):

    1 Year Full Time

  • INTAKES:

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    Start Date: N/A

    End Date: N/A

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Certificate

Entry requirements

Basic Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 qualification or higher, with university exemption/endorsement.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Adequate hearing abilities & adequately sighted.
English Language Proficiency

Successful applicants for all courses must be proficient in written and spoken English.

In case of TOEFL or IELTS testing, students must score:

  • 6.0 on IELTS
  • 550 on TOEFL (paper-based)
  • 213 on TOEFL (computer-based)
  • 79 (Internet based)

If an applicant is a native English speaker or has studied in the medium of English on a secondary or post-secondary level, then the English language test requirement may be waived.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on our course fees. (Page 20)

Payment options: Full Payment Upfront, Quarterly Instalments, Monthly Instalments