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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 script writing 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 Photoshop and After Effects.

Starting with the fundamentals, you will learn scriptwriting programs and techniques to develop your own screen play for a dramatic short film. As part of this project you will learn how to apply the principles of narrative in the context of cinematic storytelling, character development and how to utilise genre conventions.

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.

Working as part of a small group you’ll produce a 30 sec TVC based on a production brief, where not only will you refine your technical skills you’ll develop skills in planning and project management.

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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Graduate Roles may include

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

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  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth


Your learning experience

From day one you’ll start creating on 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 Photoshop 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, experiential and avant-garde film.
  • Principles of storytelling including techniques required to write effective dialogue and scene descriptions.
  • Screen writing 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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Graduate Outcomes

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


Diploma of Film (FF5FD)
Trimester 1
Film studies and practiceStorytelling for the ScreenIntroduction to Cinematography and Sound RecordingEditing Principles and Techniques
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries   
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial PracticesPost-production WorkflowsFilm Production
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries   
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit
Trimester 1
Film studies and practice
Storytelling for the Screen
Introduction to Cinematography and Sound Recording
Editing Principles and Techniques
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Trimester 2
Contemporary Industrial Practices
Post-production Workflows
Film Production
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters


    Feb 2018

    May 2018

    Sep 2018


    Enrol By: 05 Feb 2018

    Start Date: 05 Feb 2018

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements

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

  • Provide a copy of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State of Territory for the student's completion of year 12;  OR
  • alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above.

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.

Applicants for the Diploma of Music Production - see below.

Alternative Entry

SAE recognise that preparation for study is not restricted to formal educational attainment and that valuable cognitive and skills development can be gained through experience. SAE will review applications on a case by case basis if you:

  • are at least 18 years of age;
  • do not have formal qualifications for entry;
  • seek admission to courses on the basis of your aptitude for higher learning and skills development through professional, work, life experience and non- accredited study

To apply via alternative entry, students are required to undertake an interview with an assigned representative of SAE and provide supporting evidence that may include:

  • records of any formal qualifications attained;
  • evidence of any informal studies undertaken;
  • references relating to work history relevant to the chosen field of study (if applicable);
  • resume or curriculum vitae; AND
  • a portfolio of relevant materials that demonstrates creative aptitude, knowledge, technical skills and abilities

In addition, candidates may also be asked to undertake an exam or written assignment to satisfactorily demonstrate capacity to meet the program requirements.

In all cases alternative entry into any HE diploma program will only be granted to students with at least a Year 10 level of schooling.

Diploma of Music Production

In addition to the above requirements, students wishing to enrol in the Music Production Diploma will also be invited to participate in an interview and audition process. This process will help to establish underlying music skills and knowledge as well as program suitability. Remote interviews can be arranged for international students. Students can submit a portfolio of work as an alternative to the audition.

Portfolios may include;

  • Links to your music or musical performances Youtube, Soundcloud etc.
  • Links to online portfolio pages
  • Statement providing an overview of existing skills and knowledge in music production, including examples from senior secondary music classes, AMEB & CPM certification, appointment in school orchestra’s or bands etc.

Fees and Payments

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

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