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“Learning has three phases:
you know nothing, you’re learning the rules, you learn enough to change the rules,
you have the knowledge to make the rules.
Diploma In Film Making (PC9573)
SAE Institute’s Diploma In Film Making has gained international recognition as a result of the creative-technical media education
offered by SAE INSTITUTE.
The Diploma In Film Making is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority(NZQA) and incorporates Technical, Practical and
Creative education which includes: Preparing a Script for the Screen, Basic and Advanced Digital Editing, Special Effects, Working
with Digital Cameras, Preparation of a Storyboard, Film Production, Location Shoots and Choosing Locations, The Making of a Music
Video, Directing a Short Film, Working with Actors, Using Special Effects, Television News Gathering, Framing and Image Composition,
Working with Green Screens, Digital Video Editing Theory, Lighting Theory, Digital Camera Theory, Video Shoot Workshops, Script
Writing, Budgeting and Scheduling, Film Project Preparation, Directing Theory, DVD Authoring.
Advanced film authoring concepts are developed throughout the Diploma In Film Making program. Digital film and animated element
creation is examined and construction techniques are explored in depth. Students use individual computer workstations in our Film Lab
and utilise our Film Post Production Studio in developing their creative and technical skills using various industry software and control
The Diploma In Film Making also incorporates the business aspect of professional creative media projects, providing graduates with
the necessary skills to develop their own media-based business in the industry.
Successful graduates are awarded a Diploma In Film Making (level 5)
Bachelor of Film Production Degree
Film Making students wishing to further their career goals may continue their studies with SAE Institute (Byron Bay, Australia).
Students are able to complete the final second year in the Bachelor of Film Production degree program with SAE Byron Bay on
successful completion of their Diploma in Film Making program with SAE Institute, New Zealand.
The Bachelor of Film Production Degree program provides a strong focus on technology, creativity and the development of academic,
practical and business skills. This degree represents the state-of-the-art in digital and creative media education.
SAE Diploma Programs are Approved By:
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Middlesex University, London, UK
Film Making Program System
*These programs are offered in conjunction with Middlesex University, London, UK
Bachelor Of Film Production
1 additional year full time with
SAE Institute, Byron Bay, Australia
DIPLOMA IN FILM MAKING
Enter postgraduate studies with
SAE-Online Graduate College
MA/MSc Professional Practice
(Creative Media Industries)*
SAE-OnLine Graduate College
The SAE-OnLine Graduate College has an exclusive articulation arrangement with the University of Middlesex (London, UK).
These arrangements make provision for credits earned via the SAE programs to be used towards specified postgraduate Master’s Degree programs at the
University of Middlesex, London UK.
The Master of Arts/Master of Science Professional Practice (Creative Media Industries)*
SAE graduates are able to complete the The Master of Arts/Master of Science Professional Practice (Creative Media Industries) on successful completion
of their Bachelor’s Degree with SAE Institute (Byron Bay, Australia).
The essential feature of this Master’s program is its focus on professional creative media activity, and its procedure for assigning recognition
and accreditation for professional experience. The program facilitates creative research and professional development, and encourages
students to define, refine and enhance their creative and technological skills and abilities.
The pathway to your Film Making career:
Film Making Program System
Diploma In Film Making
12 months Full Time
BACHELOR’S DEGREE conferred by
SAE Byron Bay
MASTER’S DEGREE conferred by
The Diploma in Film Making focuses on intensive theoretical and practical
training in all aspects of film and TV production. Digital film and animated
element creation is examined and construction techniques are explored
in depth. Students use individual computer workstations in our Film Lab
and utilise our Film Post Production Studio in developing their creative
and technical skills using various industry software and control surfaces.
Absolutely love it, being able to tackle all these different projects...
it gives you a chance to explore everything.
Ariana SAE INSTITUTE Auckland Graduate“
Qualification Diploma in Film Making (level 5)
Accreditation NZQA accredited.
Duration 12 Months - Full Time
Who should take this program?
This 12 month full-time program is intended for anyone who:
- wants a solid grounding (theory and practice) in creative design and film making
- is interested in working professionally in the field of television and film
- has worked with film as a hobby, but is interested in making it their profession
- wants to stay competitive (and employable) in a rapidly changing job market
FM100 Computing & Media
This module develops and exercises the media skills needed to maximize the functional
effectiveness and efficiency of using computers in communications and as powerful
work-tools in creative activities. It begins the process of critical thinking by challenging
students to develop analytical approaches to their professional activities and to
document the process and outcomes systematically.
Computers & graphics gives an introduction to computer operating systems
and basic troubleshooting. The still-image manipulation process is then introduced and
provides the foundation in understanding computer based imagery and graphics for
screen and print systems.
Main Subjects: Hardware, software, interfaces, system hierarchy, Mac vs PC,
networking, protocols, data sharing, internet, digital image processing basics, import/
export, photo-retouching, scanning, filters & plug-ins, colour palettes.
Graphics & design is an introduction to still image manipulation/processing and
provides the foundation in understanding computer imagery and graphics for screen and
Main Subjects: Adobe Photoshop, Colour Management, Image Compositing, Filters and
Effects, Document Storage and Presentation.
Diploma In Film Making (12 months full time)
Web design enables students to create a simple homepage. Students will also
study site management, embedding and linking to additional media, FTP functions
and basic web animation.
Main Subjects: HTML and basic web page design, Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash,
introduction to basic 2D animation design and keyframe animation.
Digital audio has revolutionised sound assembly. We introduce software used
for non-linear editing systems in the virtual studio environment and guide you through
a wide range of digital effect processor types. Professional manipulation of audio and
application of digital effects is the key to a commercial product.
Main Subjects: Pro Tools, Logic Pro, using digital recording media, intro to hard disk
recording and editing, digital audio formats, digital video editing, sampling and MIDI,
Software Plug in Modules, Digital Signal Processing.
FM101 Visual Technologies
This module embarks on the development, understanding and appreciation of the
variety of diverse industries involved in film and video production, adds substantial
depth to the computer graphic skills from Module 100, The broad knowledge base
and the level of judgemental activities employed in FM100 is further extended in
FM101 – FM103, involving greater depth of knowledge, analytical interpretation, and
self-directed student activity.
Digital video technique delves into the workflow and signal flow of digital
film production from camera to post production and editing.
Main Subjects: Working with cameras, understanding the video workflow, basic
video editing and capturing techniques.
Digital film making explores professional DV equipment and leading desktop
video editing software. Film making and assembly techniques are delivered in depth.
Effects plugins are also incorporated.
Main Subjects: Editing audio & picture for digital film, post production, video assembly
techniques, effects and plug-ins, formats and standards, video compression, video
editing concepts and various types of software, titling and basics of digital video
Video editing is used throughout professional film post production suites,
audio and film editing is one of the key elements in the production process.
Main Subjects: Avid, Final Cut Pro, sound editing with Logic Pro, non-linear editing
and management of the post production pathway, sound design, compositing and
FM102 Multimedia Studies for Film
In this module we aim to further develop students’ knowledge of appropriate methods
and procedures in areas such as production planning and storyboarding and
electronic editing and to introduce the students to 3D modelling, animation and DVD
authoring. During these processes, students are required to take an increasing level
of responsibility for the nature, quantity and quality of the outcomes. As filmmaking
is frequently a cooperative undertaking, these activities will involve taking shared
responsibility for group achievements and outcomes.
Production management describes the skills and knowledge required to plan
and compile a production schedule identifying the required resources and timelines for
the completion of all stages of a production.
Main Subjects: Film budgeting, production timelines, legal clearances, copyright,
government funding, resource identification, scheduling cast.
Special FX & 3D animation is an exciting field in which students will be
trained in the application and use of several multimedia and compositing software
packages used for green screen techniques, CGI, animation and graphics. 3D editing
systems are used in the creation and animation of objects and text for a variety of
practical uses including compositing with live footage.
Main Subjects: Digitising of images, creating visual effects, compositing still and moving
images with graphics, basic 2D and 3D animation, 3D modelling, creation and animation
of text for compositing with footage.
DVD authoring explores the process of file preparation that must be considered
throughout film media authoring. Aspects of DVD authoring are addressed in creating
the final product.
Main Subjects: Audio and visual formatting and processing, DVD menus/buttons and
links, creation, DVD finalising.
FM103 Film Making and Theory Studies
This module develops academic writing skills, and further broadens the students’
knowledge base with substantial depth in areas such film and television history (with
particular reference to New Zealand), and provides a variety of experiences and activities
designed to develop the students’ knowledge and understandings of a range of creative
aspects that also involve analytical interpretation of various styles and genre, the role of
music in film, and an understanding of the creative collaboration between directors and
Diploma In Film Making (12 months full time)
Scriptwriting involves analysing and learning the layout of scripts and
screenplays for documentaries, film, reportage and interviews. Students will be
expected to compile their own ideas and develop them into a script by focusing on
key areas that include plot, character development, dialogue, script development,
storyboarding, dramaturgy and script analysis.
Film history invites the students to explore the history and creation of cinema.
Main Subjects: Key films, directors and key film genres that have contributed to the
modern film and television industries.
Directing and producing are key elements in film production, involving
directing actors and functioning as a producer. Students will gain the necessary
creative and technical skills to produce and direct their own work in a professional
context through practical demonstration and supervised in-class project work.
Main Subjects: The roles of directors and producers will be clearly defined and
applied to the students’ set work and individual projects.
FM104 Film Production Equipment
This module concentrates on the creative and technical uses of a variety of
film studio equipment (including camera, lighting and audio recording) and the
relationship between production and post-production (editing) techniques. Students
will also gain and demonstrate increasingly specialised knowledge and depth in the
application of this to the challenges and problems inherent in a range of creative
situations. Experiences will continue to be provided in the managing of a range of
creative processes in terms of individual and group activities and outcomes.
Cinematography & lighting covers all aspects of working with video
cameras including lighting theory and application.
Main Subjects: Cinematic techniques and operation, using and understanding
various media, lenses and filters, location shots, using various cameras, lighting
theory and practice, working with dollies and shot composition, lighting techniques,
lighting consoles, occupational health and safety, theory of light and lighting,
working with artificial light, working with sunlight and location lights.
Studio production trains students in a controlled environment of a
Multi-Camera Studio Production.
Main Subjects: Productions include live multi-cam broadcast of a News Show and
live multi-cam broadcast of a Music Video Show.
Specialised productions encourages students to apply the art of
cinematography and lighting into specialised productions from pre to post production.
Main Subjects: Music Video, TV Commercial, News Item, Drama Production.
FM201 3D and Compositing
This module investigates advanced 3D techniques and special effects, the role and
functions of design in production, and the development of knowledge and skills in
compositing software packages. Self-directed theoretical and practical activities are
increasingly undertaken within the parameters of specified guidelines and functions.
Advanced special FX & 3D animation is where students will further their
experience in this area, deepening their knowledge base and skill set in the CGI and
animation field. 3D and compositing software packages are revisited for the creation and
animation of objects and text for use within a specialised project.
Main Subjects: Advanced visual effects control, advanced compositing and animation
techniques, advanced 2D and 3D animation, 3D morphing.
FM202 Advanced Film Studies
This module enables the students to apply a wide range of specialised knowledge that
includes the analysis and evaluation of appropriate responses to a range of creative
situations. These processes will include the application of advanced editing techniques,
advanced hardware and/or software applications and problem-solving techniques
relating to perspective, camera movement, lighting, keying and tracking. Students will
also be introduced to industry related issues such as copyright and legal issues related
to the creative industries, involving the critical analysis and evaluation of a wide range of
data and other information.
Short film production is the students’ opportunity to showcase their skill set.
They are encouraged to apply the art of cinematography and lighting into a specialised
production from pre-production to post-production.
Main Subjects: Scriptwriting, Storyboards, Screenplay, Directing Actors and a Definitive
Short Film Production.
Diploma In Film Making (12 months full time)
Your Career Options In The Film Industry
After completing your film-making program, there are many exciting career options
from which you can choose. These include:
Film and Television: Television Camera Operator, Television Video Editor,
Special EffectsArtist, Video Editor, Film Editor, Video Pre Production, Sound Producer,
Executive Producer, Scriptwriter, Videographer, Visual Designer, 2D Animator, 3D
Animator, Composer/Musician/Sound, Art Director, Content Expert, Agent Video,
Motion Picture Camera Operator, Video, Motion Picture Video Editor, Photographer,
Video Producer, Video Post Production, Edutainment Developer, Editor/Moderator,
Effects Specialist, Lighting, Props, Sets Designer, Technical Lead, Sound Engineer/
Editor, Creative Director, Performer/Actor, Voice Artist/Vocalist.
Corporate: Advertising and Public Relations, Advertising Manager, Marketing
Manager, Promotions Manager, Public Relations Manager, Sales Manager, Financial
Consultant, Marketing, Agent, Recruiter.
Information Technology: Computer Systems Design, Manager, Equipment
Tester, Programmer, Customer Support, Consultant, Interface Designer.
Multimedia Producer: Interactive CD-ROM Producer, Multimedia Developer
Designer, 3D Artist, Sound Engineer/Editor, Web Designer, HTML Programmer,
Actionscript Programmer, Illustrator, Desktop publisher, 2D artist, Game Designer,
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The Alumni Association
The Alumni Association encourages the career development of
SAE graduates and it also offers support through the services,
activities and relationships of its industry partners.
“... they can help you out not only while you’re studying but
also when you are applying for a career.
Maria SAE INSTITUTE Auckland Graduate
The Alumni Association offers graduates information and services related to furthering their education and
establishing industry contacts.
It encourages the career development of SAE graduates and offers support in this development through the Alumni Association
services, activities and the relationship with the Institution’s industry partners.
Its main focus is the exchange of knowledge amongst association members, the identification and advertising of jobs and projects
available to graduates, the establishment of connections to the industry, and the provision of support that helps to ease the
transition from study to entry into the audio and film industries.
It is all about continuing your education and friendships beyond your time studying at an SAE campus, as well as offering exclusive
- International jobs, work experience and internships
- Opportunities to network with creative media industry professionals and to stay connected with your old classmates and friends
- Career support
- Seminars, master classes and conventions
- Links with your international creative media industry
- Industry deals, discounts and savings
- A multidisciplinary pool of talented professionals to help you in your projects
Membership to the Auckland Chapter is free and open to all graduates of SAE Auckland’s Certificate, Diploma or Degree
SAE Alumni Association
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