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Associate Degree of Film

Overview

Make your establishing shot in film with a degree that covers everything from concept to the final cut!

With eighty percent of internet content projected to be video by 2020, film is an exciting career pathway with many and varied opportunities for career outcomes, now and into the future.

In the Associate Degree, you will complete the first four trimesters of the Bachelor of Film program, which consists of six trimesters. This will prepare you to enter the workforce as a highly skilled para-professional employee. The Associate Degree is also designed an excellent pathway into the Bachelor of Film program.

Starting with the fundamentals and rolling through to the finer, more complex aspects of cinematography, you'll acquire a very particular set of skills during your time. You’ll experience the different ways you can tell your stories on screen; through scripts, still images, moving images, in the editing room and via different platforms.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or even in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment using industry-standard equipment and software such as Arri, 4K Red, Sony and Canon cameras, DaVinci Resolve colour grading software, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical based essays. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and portfolio to share with potential employers or first client.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects initially in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities on cross-discipline projects.

For those wanting to go the extra, and thousands of miles, you can complete up to two trimesters of your course at selected SAE campuses across the planet. Suddenly, real-world experience just went worldwide.

But most importantly at SAE, you'll see your ideas come to life as you prepare for a big future in front of you behind the lens.

*SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching that can be activated to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required, to support student progression regardless of external factors.

SAE Students working behind the scenes at the St Jerome Laneway Festival


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 Graduate roles may include

  • Assistant director
  •  Producer
  • Assistant producer
  • Broadcast designer
  •  Camera assistant
  •  Screenwriter
  •  Editor
  •  Production designer
  •  Production assistant

 

 

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Jaime Gonzalez

 

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Film alumni, Jaime Gonzalez is the director, campaign manager and producer of his own independent film production company, Flamingo Amigos. He graduated from SAE Byron Bay with a Bachelor of Film.

"As first hand professionals who are fully immersed in film, [SAE lecturers] opened my mind to how the industry works" - Jaime Gonzalez.

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QUALIFICATION
FF6E3 - Associate Degree of Film

 


 

  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney

Course

Your learning experience

SAE has implemented a remote flexible learning option for current and future students. The range of tools developed by SAE will not only allow students to collaborate online but also gain experience in remote working practices widely used within the creative industries.

  • 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.
  • 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 colour grading software, Adobe Premiere Pro 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. 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF FILM

The Associate Degree of Film program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.

Stages of Film Degree

Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, students will undertake a number of foundational modules which will give students the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to the chosen discipline area, but also give students the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the Film course. Students will learn the foundational principles of screenwriting, cinematography, and editing and will also undertake deliberate practice and weekly rituals including reflective journaling that will assist students in identifying the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to develop their creative media practice throughout their studies.

Stage 1 has one Studio module:

1. Film Studio 1

Students will have the opportunity to develop a project from early ideation through to industry-standard screen production. The project introduces students to procedures and protocols of screen production as well as further developing students' skills in cinematography, lighting, and sound. Students will also be introduced to the pathway a screen production takes through the post-production stage to final delivery.


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Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies

In Stage II we show students how their work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice through common modules and studio modules. This knowledge will enable students to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand their potential on the global stage. Within Stage II, students will work closely with facilitators to identify key learning outcomes needed to complete modules. Deliberate and reflective practice assist students through their studio modules, playing an active reflection role throughout the learning journey. Student projects within Stage II are reflective of real-world scenarios, containing real-world dilemmas - societal issues that require solutions; authentic audiences -simulating professional practice and constraints- understanding how a range of constraints can impact projects within professional practice.

Students complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in their own discipline but also in all other SAE disciplines. At the end of each studio module, facilitators will arrange exhibitions either internal or public-facing for students to showcase work. 

Stage II has two studio modules:

1. Film Studio 2

Students will have the opportunity to develop a project from early ideation through to industry-standard screen production. The project introduces students to procedures and protocols of screen production as well as further developing students' skills in cinematography, lighting, and sound. Students will also be introduced to the pathway a screen production takes through the post-production stage to final delivery.

2. Film Studio 3

In this studio module, students will have been assigned to a project team, which is led by a Facilitator. In collaboration with peers, students will work towards developing a number of projects within a real-life on-set environment. During this process, a Facilitator will act as your project manager, producer, mentor, and colleague.

Stage III

Stage III of the Bachelor of Film is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional industry roles and to undertake postgraduate studies. Stage III develops a student's capacity to work with the collaborative and geographically diverse world of creative media practice.

To prepare students for this, SAE project supervisors and facilitators work with Stage III students to develop sophisticated, collaborative creative media projects which meet the professional standards of the industry. These final projects are done in collaboration with all other SAE disciplines, either on campus or remotely, enabling students to pursue their most ambitious and creative portfolio pieces yet.

To support this, Students in Stage III learning advanced discipline-specific skills and knowledge, experience remote, collaborative practice with their peers across the SAE campus network, broaden their skills and knowledge through studying elective modules in other disciplines, or in creative media business and entrepreneurship and finally, gain industry feedback on their transferable skills through the finalisation of SAE’s creative industries Work Integrated Learning Program.

Stage III is NOT included in the Associate Degree.


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Careers

Vocational outcomes of the Associate Degree of Film

Students who have completed the Associate Degree of Film would have opportunities in the professional workplace as:

  • Director
  • Editor
  • Broadcast Designer
  • Production Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • Producer
  • Camera Assistant
  • Director of Photography
  • Screenwriter
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Creative/Content Producer

Modules

Associate Degree of Film
VIEW MODULE DESCRIPTIONS
Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Film Studies and PracticeStorytelling for the ScreenIntroduction to Cinematography and Sound RecordingEditing Principles and Techniques
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial PracticesScreen DesignFilm Studio 1
Trimester 3
Media StudiesFilm Studio 2 - Production
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesFilm Studio 3 - Post Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Camera techniques
  • Production techniques
  • Cinematography
  • Visual effects
  • Production design
  • Screen design
  • Storytelling
  • Post production
  • Screen writing
  • Project management
  • Industry knowledge
Trimester 1
Film Studies and Practice
Storytelling for the Screen
Introduction to Cinematography and Sound Recording
Editing Principles and Techniques
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial Practices
Screen Design
Film Studio 1
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Film Studio 2 - Production
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Film Studio 3 - Post Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

YOU WILL LEARN

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

Key Info

  • DURATION(S):

    4 Trimesters Fast Tracked

    6 Trimesters Full Time

  • INTAKES:

    May 2021

    Sep 2021

    Feb 2022

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: 18 Jun 2021

    Trimester Start: 31 May 2021

    Trimester End: 27 Aug 2021

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Associate

Entry requirements

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 'Enquire Now' or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.

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