BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production


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Program Description

You are joining the next generation of filmmakers - gain the essential skills and knowledge to earn your place on any film set around the world.


With an emphasis on hands-on training, you will have access to high specification digital cameras and film production equipment. Across multiple platforms, you’ll learn the processes and techniques that bring your projects to life cemented with strong theoretical foundations.

Additionally, you'll learn how to emotionally engage your audience and draw them into your work. You'll also gain experience working independently and collaboratively on factual and fictional productions, enabling you to graduate with a highly transferrable skill set.

Your progress is carefully guided and enriched by individual tutorial support, ensuring that you create work that can be showcased in your all-important portfolio.

Your future in film:

From narrative fiction to documentary, there are infinite stories to be told and the industry is constantly seeking out talented individuals with a distinct storytelling style and voice. Many of our graduates work on short films and adverts before moving into feature production.

Dougie Mackie is one such filmmaker, who worked as a camera operator for ITV, before directing his own feature length documentary, Miss Saigon: The Heat is Back On.


The Art of Storytelling

Writing for the screen is a very specific creative writing skill and one that requires a thorough understanding of how visual storytelling operates. This module asks you to explore a number of established and experimental processes used in script development, to further boost your understanding of narrative and cinematic construction. Through working with the completed script document, you will learn the skills to develop your own personal development portfolio and bring your visual styles to life on the page, ready for the screen.

Non-Fiction Filmmaking

Producing non-fictional works requires a critical understanding of the complex historic and contemporary societal, economic and political influences affecting the genre to fully appreciate the power of the medium. You will learn the importance of employing sound ethical working practices to strike a power balance between the contributor, filmmaker and audience, in order to plan and produce your own, short non-fiction film.

Producing and Distribution Methods

For this module you will assume the role and many varied obligations of ‘producer’, often seen as ambiguous, largely due to the variety and complexities of tasks involved throughout the entirety of a film’s production, through to distribution. However we will prepare you with the finite details required to perform the breadth of tasks whilst further developing your pre-existing skills in post-production techniques to refine your individual style. We then show you the essential process of elimination, to determine which method of either classical or contemporary distribution across creative media would be most effective for your creation.

Cost & Fees

SAE Institute is a private higher education provider. Funding towards tuition fees is available to UK/EU students, but does not cover the whole course fee.


Tuition Fees vary according to campus and whether you are a UK/EU student or an international student.

For our campuses in Liverpool, London and Oxford, fees are £9,000 per year for UK Students and £13,000 per year for International students.

Fees at our Glasgow campus are £9,000 per year for UK/EU students and £11,000 per year for international students. From September 2019, these will rise to £11,500 per year for international students.

2 Year Degree

As our degrees are only 2 years, you save a considerable amount on both tuition fees and living expenses when compared to a traditional 3-year degree. So, you can study and graduate with a much lower level of student debt!

As Tuition Fee loan funding does not cover the whole course fee, there is a small amount that you may need to pay through your own means. We understand this is not always easy, especially when you don't have an income, which is why we have developed payment plans to spread the small difference you need to pay. If you are not eligible for funding, we have payment plans for you too.

Last updated Apr 2018

About the School

SAE Institute was founded in 1976 by Dr. Tom Misner in Sydney, Australia offering post-secondary courses in audio engineering. SAE Institute has since grown to become the world’s largest practical cre ... Read More

SAE Institute was founded in 1976 by Dr. Tom Misner in Sydney, Australia offering post-secondary courses in audio engineering. SAE Institute has since grown to become the world’s largest practical creative media educator with 54 campuses in 26 countries Read less
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