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Bachelor of Arts in Film Production


Course Overview

SAE Institute's Film Production degree explores all the creative and technical elements of digital filmmaking, with an emphasis on developing your practical skills in pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. 

Throughout the 3-year course you will gain proficiency in the many departments that make up the production process, learning within an innovative and hands-on environment that boosts your creative confidence and artistic independence through the completion of a range of creative media projects. On completion of the degree, you will have acquired a holistic knowledge of the film industry, and be thoroughly prepared with the skills and knowledge needed to embark on an exciting career in the industry.

Unlike many other creative media schools, SAE's students have access to film and sound gear for use on personal projects on top of the normal requirements for course assignments. For a list of available gear, please click here

Bachelor of Arts in Film Production

SAQA ID: 90672; Duration 3 years; NQF Level 7; Exit Level Credits 360

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg


You will learn

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


Career Options

  • Video editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Visual effects Artist
  • Colourist


Bachelor of Arts in Film Production
Semester 1 - Year 1
Film Studies 1Digital Film Production 1Digital Film Post ProductionDigital Imaging
Academic Literacy   
Semester 2 - Year 1
Screenwriting Digital Film Production 2 Digital Film Post Production 2Film Studies 2
Film Audio ProductionMedia Literacy  
Semester 3 - Year 2
CinematographyDocumentary ProductionMotion GraphicsProduction Design
Work Integrated Learning   
Semester 4 - Year 2
Creative Project 1Visual Effects (“VFx)Music Video ProductionIntegrated Media Production
Research Basics   
Semester 5 - Year 3
Television Media ProductionDigital Film Post Production 3Marketing & Social Media MarketingCreative Project 2 - Pre-Production
Semester 6 - Year 3
Financing & DistributionCreative Project 2 - Research DocumentCreative Project 2 - Practical

Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.

Semester 1
Film Studies 1
Digital Film Production 1
Digital Film Post Production
Digital Imaging
Academic Literacy
Semester 2
Digital Film Production 2
Digital Film Post Production 2
Film Studies 2
Film Audio Production
Media Literacy
Semester 3
Documentary Production
Motion Graphics
Production Design
Work Integrated Learning
Semester 4
Creative Project 1
Visual Effects (“VFx)
Music Video Production
Integrated Media Production
Research Basics
Semester 5
Television Media Production
Digital Film Post Production 3
Marketing & Social Media Marketing
Creative Project 2 - Pre-Production
Semester 6
Financing & Distribution
Creative Project 2 - Research Document
Creative Project 2 - Practical

Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.

Key facts


    3 Years Full Time



    Enrol By: N/A

    Start Date: N/A

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements

Basic Entry Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 qualification or higher, with university exemption/endorsement.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Adequate hearing abilities & adequately sighted.
English Language Proficiency

Successful applicants for all courses must be proficient in written and spoken English.

In case of TOEFL or IELTS testing, students must score:

  • 6.0 on IELTS
  • 550 on TOEFL (paper-based)
  • 213 on TOEFL (computer-based)
  • 79 (Internet based)

If an applicant is a native English speaker or has studied in the medium of English on a secondary or post-secondary level, then the English language test requirement may be waived.

Additional Entry Requirements

There may be additional entry requirements pertinent to your field of study, these will be communicated to you upon application.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on our course fees. (Page 20)

Payment options: Full Payment Upfront, Quarterly Instalments, Monthly Instalments