Associate Degree in Film

SAE Creative Media Institute

Starting with the fundamentals and rolling through to the finer, more complex aspects of cinematography, students acquire a very particular set of skills during their time. Students will be directed by expert teachers in a face-to-face environment, while also collaborating with students from other disciplines. Students will be given access to world-class facilities, using industry-standard equipment like 4K Red and Cannon 300s cameras, including DaVinci Resolve colour grading software, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. But most importantly, students will see their ideas come to life as they prepare for a big future behind the lens.

Course Fee:

Australian: $39,040
International: $46,848

Entry Requirements:

Applicants for degree 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 diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. For alternative entry options, contact an SAE Campus directly for more information.


The course is split into 3 phases: Foundational Skills Development Interdisciplinary Projects and Media Cultural Studies Final Project and Work Placement

Subjects you can Study:

Introduction to cinematography and film production Post-production principles and techniques Storytelling for contemporary media Critical thinking for creative media Screen design Film studies Overview of industry Project management and professional etiquette Critical and creative thinking Contemporary industry overview

Study Pathways:

SAE recognises industry experience and previous studies from accredited institutions. The amount of credit will vary according to individual circumstances and the course. Applicants are encouraged to submit credit recognition information as part of the enrolment process so that course progression can be mapped accordingly.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00312F

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
SAE Institute Perth No info No Full time 15 months
SAE Institute Brisbane No info No Full time 15 months
SAE Institute Sydney No info No Full time 15 months
SAE Institute Byron Bay No info No Full time 15 months
SAE Institute Melbourne No info No Full time 15 months

SAE is the leading global specialist in creative media education with courses in Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games and Web & Mobile. Established in 1976, SAE now spans the globe with almost 50 campuses in more than 20 countries. 

In Australia, SAE provides government accredited Certificates, Diploma, Bachelor and Postgraduate courses across six campuses in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. SAE offers programs that as higher education qualifications, are eligible for full fee funding assistance under FEE HELP.

With SAE from day one, students start creating in world-class facilities, on the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lecturers. Students can fast-track their learning to be degree qualified in just two years. 

The extensive knowledge of teachers who are experts in their fields and the rigorous curriculum gives students a competitive edge after graduation. Small class sizes, one-on-one learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration enable students to gain a range of skills and expertise in creative media.

SAE’s specialised courses are responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of these industries ensuring that graduating students are well equipped to enter the creative industries.  During their studies, students can undertake professional placements, internships and work experience relevant to their chosen fields as well as showcase their work to industry and the general public at various exhibitions.


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