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SAE launches new filmmaking degree

SAE, Auckland, 5 November 2015: SAE Creative Media Institute is launching a new film degree program in Auckland in January 2016.

Aspiring filmmakers will have the chance to learn from film industry leaders using state-of-the-art facilities at one of the world’s leading creative media institutes. SAE currently delivers government-approved courses at 54 campuses in 28 countries and counts Grammy award-winners among its graduates.

Open to school leavers and mature age students, the Bachelor of Film Arts covers the key theoretical and practical elements of filmmaking – from screenwriting, directing and camera operation, to sound recording, 3D animation and special effects.

It also has a strong focus on developing critical ‘soft skills’ including teamwork, leadership and communication.

The new degree program is also welcome news for SAE Diploma of Film Making students who have can now apply to transition to a degree program.

SAE New Zealand’s Campus Manager, Dr Suzette Major, said the new Bachelor of Film Arts would be a hands-on program, delivering industry-relevant training in real-world environments.

“This week we signed the lease on our new premises in Parnell, which will house a brand new film studio furnished with the latest in film technology,” said Dr Major. “Continuing investment will be made in these facilities to ensure they have access to world-class film equipment.”

SAE Institute’s Head of Film, Sam Kiwan, said programs were geared to equip students with the skills and experience they need to hit the ground running.

“We work closely with the local film industry, providing students with access to some of the best local talent and getting them directly involved in major international film events, such as the Big Screen Symposium,” he said.

Job prospects for SAE’s film graduates are diverse, ranging from camera operator, scriptwriter and 3D animator to executive producer and film editor.

As well as the Diploma of Film Making, SAE currently offers internationally recognised audio programs including the Bachelor of Recording Arts, Diploma of Audio Engineering and Certificate in Electronic Music Production.

“We’ll be encouraging students from our audio and film disciplines to collaborate on major projects so they can discover what it’s like to work in multi-disciplinary teams, learn from their peers and hone their creative passions,” Dr Major said.

Enrolments are now open for all SAE New Zealand courses commencing in January 2016, including the Bachelor of Film Arts. Visit auckland.sae.edu or call 09 373 4712
Image credit: Leal Butler
About SAE
SAE New Zealand offers world-leading government accredited courses in creative media across two discipline streams – audio and film. Internationally, SAE is a leading global educator, operating 54 campuses in 28 countries. Originating as an audio engineering institute in 1976, SAE has evolved to offer world-class qualifications in animation, design, digital journalism, film, games and web & mobile. SAE is a part of the Navitas group. Further information about SAE is available at www.auckland.sae.edu.

About Navitas
Navitas is an Australian global education leader providing pre-university and university programs, English language courses, migrant education and settlement services, creative media education, student recruitment, professional development and corporate training services to more than 80,000 students across a network of over 100 colleges and campuses in 27 countries. Navitas is an ASX Top 100 Company. Further information about Navitas is available at www.navitas.com.

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