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Higher Certificate in Digital Film Production


Course Overview

Higher Certificate in Digital Film Production is designed to provide students with experience in the many facets of digital film production, fostering creative confidence and artistic independence within a hands-on learning environment.

The programme covers the technical and creative components of digital film making including: conceptualisation, screenwriting, project development, digital camera operation, lighting, production management, directing, editing, sound design, motion graphics and VFX. In creating their own projects, students develop the necessary skills to become film makers.

Course Aims

This curriculum is very specifically designed to impart the necessary skills for an individual to be employable in the global film industry, through exposure to the many technical and creative aspects that are components of motion picture story-telling in all of its shapes and forms.

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

Higher Certificate in Film Production

SAQA ID: 87006; Duration 1 year; NQF Level 5;

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg


You will learn

  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Screenwriting and adaptions
  • Production management
  • Directing
  • Motion Graphics and Visual Effects
  • TV commercial production
  • Documentary production
  • Narrative film production
  • Multicam production
  • Film studies
  • Creative projects


Career Options

  • Editor
  • Grip
  • Camera operator
  • Lighting operator
  • Assistant Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Boom Operator
  • Compositor and Visual Effects Artist


Higher Certificate in Digital Film Production
Digital Film Production Digital Imaging Film Studies Screenwriting & Adaptations
Digital Film Post-Production
Digital Film Production 2 Digital Film Post Production 2 Creative Project Motion Graphics
Visual Effects (VFx) TV Commercial Production Documentary Production
Modules & Module Content Subject to Change.

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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.

Fees and Payments

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

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