• Develop and produce motion picture content for any medium such as the big screen, the small screen, handheld devices, the web, video installations, and more

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Digital Filmmaking Bachelor of Applied Science


Program Overview

The Digital Filmmaking Bachelor's of Applied Science degree program focuses on the foundations of technical competency using industry appropriate software and equipment, and is designed to get students into the industry in as few as 32 months.

The Digital Filmmaking degree program is an intensive practical and theoretical training program that prepares students to become successful in today’s media production industry. Students attending this program have the opportunity to learn both the technical and creative components of filmmaking as well as the essential business principles of the entertainment industry.


Degree Progression

Each academic year you'll be immersed in project-based, hands-on courses while gradually accruing your general education requirements.

Freshmen Year: Communications & Critical Thinking, Introduction to Psychology, Still Photography & Digital Manipulation, Art Direction, Media Sound & Visual

Sophomore Year: Creative Writing, Mathematical Concepts, Visual Storytelling, Film History & Storytelling Techniques, Screenwriting, Directing

Junior Year: American History, Production 1: Narrative Shooting for Visual Effects, Post-Production 1 & 2 Music & Video, Title Design

Senior Year: Screenwriting for Final Project, Commercial Production, Funding & Distribution, Electives, Final Project



Bachelor's of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking

  • Emeryville, CA


Technical and Professional Skills

  • Film Production
  • Mobile Media
  • Media Post Production
  • Commercials/Advertising
  • Grip and Lighting
  • Editing
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Title Design
  • Storytelling Techniques
  • Funding and Distribution
  • Basic Music Composition
  • Professional Life Skills

Your learning experience

  • A common core curriculum providing you with instruction in digital media literacy and 21st century design.
  • Practice competitive skills such as shooting for visual effects, grip and lighting, storytelling techniques, project planning and management, editing, title design, basic music composition, funding, and distribution.
  • Build your knowledge and skills on, and have access to, industry standard equipment.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Practical training in digital video, audio, and design paired with guided development such as critical thinking, résumé writing, and job interview practice.
  • Create a series of projects and assets throughout the program specially developed to demonstrate knowledge to prospective employers.


Career Options

  • Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Grip Camera Operator
  • Videographer
  • Script Supervisor
  • Assistant Director
  • Editor/Assistant Editor
  • Post-Production Coordinator
  • Casting Director
  • Location Manager
  • Runner
  • Production Designer
  • Art Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer

Key facts


    32 Months


    May 2017

    Jul 2017

    Sep 2017


    Enroll By: 22 May 2017

    Start Date: 22 May 2017

    End Date: 17 Jan 2020



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition: $94,400.00
Textbooks/Art Kits included
Technology Fee: $1,196.00



Tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order, or bank transfer. SAE Expression College also offers monthly payment plans with no interest or finance charges. These payments comply with state and federal requirements.

Class Schedule

126 Credit Hours / 32 Months

SAE Expression College is available to students and staff on a 24-hour basis. Access to all studios, labs, audio and video suites, Meyer Performance Hall, library and classrooms is subject to the booking process of the SAE Expression College Master Scheduler. Access to offices, copy room, and all building maintenance and storage rooms is not available to students.

Most classes occur between the hours of 8:00AM - 11:00PM. However, labs may periodically be scheduled outside of these hours. Distance education courses are asynchronous. The labs and facilities are open for student use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For every 15 contact hours of theory class, students are awarded 1 semester credit. For every 30 hour of lab class, students are awarded 1 semester credit. For 45 contact hours of internship, students are awarded 1 semester credit.