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Diploma of Film


Make your establishing shot in film

Be cast directly into a world-class creative environment with this hands-on diploma. Guided by expert lecturers you will gain an in-depth introduction to film, from scriptwriting and film production, right through to digital post-production.

You will engage in collaborative studio-based learning where you will have access to all the latest equipment and software including DaVinci Resolve colour grading software and Adobe Creative Cloud. Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical based essays.

You’ll feel like you are already working, with the amount of hands-on experience you’ll gain operating film production equipment for a variety of screen contexts, including cameras, lighting and sound. You’ll also learn about digital post-production including audio mixing, tilting colour grading and the authoring processes.

Upon completion, you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Film.

*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. 

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Graduate Roles may include

  • Entry level Videographer
  • Production Assistant
  • Entry level film crew
  • Entry level Editor
  • Camera Assistant
  • Independent Filmmaker


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  • Melbourne
  • Perth
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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.

From day one you’ll start to create using the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lectures. 

  • Study in a collaborative, studio-based environment.
  • Learn on industry-standard software and equipment including DaVinci Resolve colour grading software and Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
  • Learn as part of a small class.
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive design experience and industry connections.
  • Apply industry-standard project methodologies throughout your studies

Diploma of Film

The Diploma of Film has a strong practical focus, underpinned by key theoretical components. The course content is informed by our strong links to industry and our 40-year history in designing and teaching creative media courses.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with skills across:

  • Employability skills specific to creative media.  
  • Communication, including how to communicate specialist technical and creative ideas and perspectives in the graphic design discipline to others.
  • Introductory project management and different project management methodologies
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media.
  • Scholarly techniques for higher education.


Stages of Film HE Diploma

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Film (Production) or the Bachelor of Film (Post Production).


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You will learn

During your course, you will gain an introduction to:

  • Film studies fundamentals including theory, history including key cinematic movements, technological advancements, visual aesthetics and issues affecting filmmaking practice.
  • Scholarly methods for analyzing film including language, narrative structures, genre studies, approaches to film authorship, experimental and avant-garde film.
  • Principles of storytelling including techniques required to write effective dialogue and scene descriptions.
  • Screenwriting software.
  • Operation of film production equipment including cameras, lighting and sound equipment.
  • An understanding of the different roles and responsibilities in film production and working film crews.
  • Basic post-production technical processes and workflows including audio-visual editing, sound mixing, title and colour grading tools.
  • Exposure to post-production software including Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

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Vocational outcomes of the Diploma of Film

  • Entry-level Videographer
  • Entry-level film crew
  • Camera Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Entry-level Editor
  • Independent Filmmaker


Diploma of Film
Trimester 1
Film Studies and PracticeStorytelling for the ScreenIntroduction to Cinematography and Sound RecordingEditing Principles and Techniques
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial PracticesScreen DesignFilm Studio 1
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
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
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters Fast Tracked Full Time

    3 Trimesters Full Time

    4 Trimesters Extended Full Time


    Sep 2021

    Feb 2022

    May 2022


    Enrol By: 08 Oct 2021

    Trimester Start: 20 Sep 2021

    Trimester End: 27 Aug 2021



Entry requirements

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

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

Under section 6.8 of the Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Policy, SAE reserves the right to apply conditional enrollments to students who apply to SAE via alternative entry. The Academic Coordinator will determine an appropriate set of support mechanisms for each student, based on individual experience and merit.

Fees and Payments

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

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

Credit and recognition of prior learning

SAE may recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher-level program. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for modules within the program.

For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.

Find more information on how to apply and the enrolment process here, or call 1800 723 338 to speak with a course advisor.


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