Creative Media Education

Digital Film Making

2nd stage Digital Film Making Course (Degree)

"A film is - or should be - more like music than fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later."              Stanley Kubrick

This 12 month course is the second stage of the Digital Film Making program and offers the student the opportunity to gain an internationally recognized 'Bachelor of Arts' award. Entry requires the student to have successfully completed the 1st Stage of the Digital Film Making course.

The aim of this course is to professionalize the students approach and attitude to the industry. The student will also develop an understanding of the cultural impact of the technology in the past and present. This program is most suitable for those with advanced career ambitions. Degree graduates will become project managers, product developers and advanced engineers.
The BA Digital Film Making Degree course is provided by SAE Institute under an educational agreement with Middlesex University, England. SAE Institute Amsterdam is a validated degree center. There are a number of validated degree centers within the SAE network. These are London, Oxford, Glasgow, Dubai, Barcelona, Byron Bay, Munich, Berlin, Zurich, Vienna, Athens, Madrid, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore branches. Completing the 1st Stage of an SAE course anywhere in the world allows the student the opportunity to progress to one of our degree centers to complete their studies to degree level.
Please contact us if you have already achieved the 1st stage (diploma) of the course and would be interested in progressing to the 2nd stage (degree) at our college in Amsterdam

Award / Qualification

  • Bachelor of Arts, Awarded by Middlesex University, England
  • BA (Hons) Digital Film Making


  • Full-time: 12 months

Theory lectures

  • lessons: 6 hours per week (average)
  • seminars: 2 hours per week (average)

Career Options:

  • Director of photography
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Consultancy, education and associated careers
  • Film studio manager
  • Digital media entrepreneur

Practical time

  • Individual bookings, with personal support for completion of assignments and research
  • Access to facilities at least 6 days per week

Study Load per week

  • Self study: 24 hours per week (average)

Entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Applicant must have completed the 1st stage of the course (diploma)
  • Proficiency in English Language (TOEFL or IELTS)

Tuition fee

Course Material

  • A Laptop computer is required for this course. This laptop is not included in the tuition of the 2nd stage (Degree)

Intake dates

  • May and November

Course Content

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) can be described as a Research Degree. All Bachelor of Arts (Honours) courses share common lectures within given modules (approximately 40%), which are covered equally in all areas of study (Audio, Film, and Web).

The 2nd stage proceeds on the knowledge, practical skills and competences gained during the 1st stage.

General Degree topics:

  • Project Management
  • Research techniques and academic writing
  • Management principles
  • Marketing principles
  • Copyright and contract law

Film Making specific topics:

  • Evolution of the film industry
  • Film critique & analysis
  • Influential directors
  • Film funding
  • Advanced color correction
  • Advanced compositing

Module: Creative Media Practice

This module begins with an evolutionary analysis of the social, political, technological and economic changes which have helped shape entertainment and the entertainment industry over time, focusing on the roles of and interaction between artist, Producer and marketing forces leading up to the 21st Century. The module will also cover today’s structure and operation of the film, gaming, and Internet industries. Contemporary issues are explored in ways to encourage students to take an active part in professional dialogue. Students will be required to prepare a proposal for their research project in the form of a ‘learning Agreement’.

Module: Advanced Film Practice

This Module focuses on professional development and awareness. Students will be introduced to generic professional skills ranging from presentation skills and project planning to management, marketing, and law to be able to operate independently within the ‘infotainment’ industry.

Additionally, specific applications and needs of selected fields within the industry will be examined and students will be required to undertake an internship, as a means of application of previously acquired knowledge.

Module: Specialized Research Project

This section of the course allows students to undertake an approved research project. The thesis is designed to show a student’s ability to initiate, implement and evaluate a substantial creative/technical project as a result of cognitive abilities put into effect within a limited time frame. Mentoring and support will be provided by qualified SAE staff to assist the students, who will have to submit their final thesis on the last day of class and defend it in front of a panel of assessors.

Assessment method and award

  • 20 formative assignments
  • 9 summative assignments (including practical)
  • Students must undertake a specialist written research project (i.e. thesis) 
  • Final thesis presentation
  • Pass and complete all individual degree modules
Award: in order to qualify for the Bachelor Degree with Honours, students must acquire 360 Middlesex University credit points, which is equal to 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Target Group

This course is ideal for candidates wishing to expand their knowledge within the wider field of the film industry. Individuals with previous industry experience wishing to expand their employment opportunities and formalise their years of experience.

Candidates wishing to pursue academic/ research-based careers and attain postgraduate qualifications to doctorate level.